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This was the fight which was to determine who was the best pound for pound fighter in the world. In the end, like true fights ought, it has only produced something along the lines of… argument…
Andre Ward won on points but the people who watched the fight scored it from Kovalev clearly ahead by 2 or 3 rounds to Ward winning by a narrow margin. History books will only show that it ended with Ward getting the nod and taking the titles. Who is next is important for both boxers as the Kovalev camp want a rematch but is shall no doubt be down to the money men as to what happens next.
The fight saw Ward knocked on his backside in the 2nd but he got up and won so there is plenty of kudos for him in doing that as Kovalev sent him crashing for the first time in 11 years. The Beast from the East was unable though to follow up that knockdown and put a loss on Ward’s record for the first time since Ward was 13 years old. I thought Kovalev had shaded it but am not girning that it gone to Ward. Is Ward the best pound for pound fighter in the world? Well I don’t know about you but, right now, I think he can claim the title of best pound for pound American boxer – and that aint the same any more…
Locally, in Scotland, at the St Andrews Club on Thursday night STV Glasgow and Edinburgh broadcast 4 fights that promised much and deliver very varied results. We had the first-round knockout from Kieran Smith who followed up an 18 second win on Sky Sports with another win within a minute against Sandor Jozsa. Smith wants a title next and he should very much get one. Next up came the marmite entertainer Scott Allan, who was supposed to be defending his Scottish title against Scott MacCormack but MacCormack was ill. He faced the very awkward Sergey Tasimov and won with plenty to spare. Both fighters are Lock Stock Promotions guys and you must say that progress towards titles should be next in both boxer’s minds.
Having seen the technical boxing skill of Allan we then got a stoppage on the debut of Gary Ray. It was a consummate finish t-for the debutante before heavyweight Ian Millarvie, 9 years out the ring returned to it. He got a 4 round point win against Ferenc Zsalek. Overall you got a lot to love in this evening’s entertainment but better opponents, more 50/50 fights are what will build the TV audience. Allan/MacCormack would have delivered that but MacCormack has now lost that momentum.
Of course, though it was a night in memory of Iron Mike Towell, who tragically lost his life after fighting in that very same venue, the last time boxing was broadcast from the Radisson Blu in Glasgow. A night of celebration of his life and to raise some funds for his family – truly worthy causes.
Last night, Friday the 25th November the British welterweight title in Essex, stayed with Bradley Skeete who outpointed Edinburgh boxer, John Thain. Thain was a very decent opponent but ultimately the skill of Skeete kept his challenge at bay.
Lee Markham also retained his English middleweight title against Andrew Robinson on the same bill. It was a tough and close fight and with Skeete’s British title fight was a small hall card on a big TV platform as it was shown live on Box Nation. Along with the Glasgow card it means that TV is getting back in love with boxing and that can only be good…