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Last Saturday, Saturday the 3rd December, in Paisley we saw the WBO middleweight title stay with a lacklustre Billy Joe Saunders as he beat Artur Akavov on points. As Saunders has spoken of a possible fight with GGG this was seen as a calling card fight. It ended with people purposefully being out when he called, as the ring rust or whatever it might have been, prevented him from making the statement he needed to make. No matter how much he has talked about being able to beat GGG nobody, and I mean nobody, is now convinced he can do it. Mayweather had 18 months out the ring and didn’t perform that badly, Pacquaio was out the ring for a similar amount of time and won a world title recently when he returned and that is the level at which GGG operates. Saunders needs to take his next steps very carefully.
The bill in Paisley did however live up to the hype as we got a packed bill that saw the WBO intercontinental super lightweight title go to Jack Caterall who beat Diego Gonzalo Luque on points. Super lightweight Stephen Ormond also got a points win against Zoltan Szabo whilst super featherweight Jono Carroll got a points win too over a good 8 rounds against Juan Luis Gonzalez.
Super lightweight Steven Lewis managed to stop Nelson Altamirano in the 4th round as flyweight Ross Murray got a points win against Sergey Tasimov – last seen in the ring with Scott “title taker” Allen on STV. Lightweight prospect Thomas Dickson won on points against Ibrar Riyaz as super flyweight Iain Butcher got a good 6 rounds and points win against Joseafat Reyes. Light heavyweight Tommy Philbin managed to stop Kelvin Young in the 4th round of their scheduled 6 rounder whilst super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim stopped Teodor Boyadjiev a little earlier – in the first. Super welterweight Paul Kean got the points win against William Warburton and bantamweight Paul Butler put in 10 rounds and got a points win against Alexander Cazares; world title ambitions there in 2017.
On the same evening in Houghton-le-Spring the unbeaten lightweight Lewis Ritson knocked out Jordan Ellison in the 7th round to take the northern area title.
In Moscow, Russia, Denis Lebedev lost his title on points in his very first defence to http://gty.im/627467676 for the IBF cruiserweight title. I thought it would go the distance and nobody is querying the result but I was surprised and not a little shocked that Lebedev lost it. There are news stories that Lebedev has been taken ill since the fight and given recent events thoughts turn to his family and those closest to him.
Finally this week, on Friday the 9th of December in London unbeaten welterweight Larry Ekundayo was slated to fight with Arvydas Trizno. I have no doubt he got through it OK but nobody has updated things to confirm it yet!