As we prepare for war in Hull – possibly several – this weekend courtesy of Matchroom, last weekend brought us some great action.
But before we get to the decent stuff… last Friday, the 17th of February, in Delaware, USA the WBF world cruiserweight title went to Roy Jones Jr as he stopped Bobby Gunn in the 8th. I tried to find someone who cared; I failed.
Last Friday, we also, in Liverpool, had Mason Cartwright up against the journeyman, Darryl Sharp with Cartwright managing a points win over 4 rounds. Cartwright is back out in April, Sharp in March.
Last Saturday, the 18th February in Paisley, Mack the Knife Global gave us a bill that promised a bit but delivered a lot more. I was worried we were going to get a lot of perfunctory matches that ended in predictable scores but we didn’t and MTK came through with some crackers.
Super featherweight Jordan McRory lost to Ryan Moorhead and the home fighter needs to go and think again as the Liverpudlian, Moorhead, is fast getting a reputation for coming into backyards and stealing the limelight and he only went and did it again. Moorhead wants bigger fights, McRory needs time to lick his wounds.
Heavyweight Gary Cornish polished off Kamil Sokolowski with a points win that as he next faces Sam Sexton for the British title. Purse bids are due in March and then we shall see where and when that is likely to take place.
Super flyweight Iain Butcher beat Gyula Dodu with a first round body shot in a fight that may not have challenged him but gave him a welcome confidence boost. He can now look forward to some title action as he is next out on the Ricky Burns undercard in April to fight Charlie Edwards for the British super flyweight title.
Super flyweight Ross Murray was facing Adam MacKenzie but faced Jose Hernandez instead, beating him on points to go 5-0. Super featherweight Michael Roberts was up against Imre Nagy and won on points. Super welterweight Paul Kean got his third professional win on points. Super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim took out James Gorman and then called out Connor Benn! Well you have to admire confidence as Ibrahim went 3-0!
In the Cintas Centre, Ohio, USA David Avesnyan lost to Lamont Peterson and almost immediately Amir Khan said he would fancy a shot and rematch against the new WBA welterweight champion. It was the second half of the fight that saw Peterson take command and the unanimous points decision was never in doubt.
Adrien Broner also managed a split decision over Adrian Granados at light-welterweight. Broner got the decision on 2 out of 3 judges’ cards as his good friend Granados fought gamely, welcoming Broner back after more than a year.
Last night, Friday the 24th November, in Sheffield, we had Joel Palmer v Curtis Gargano. I have seen Gargano fight twice, both losses, as indeed Gargano is yet to win a professional fight. Palmer, I believe, managed a points win over this amiable showman Gargano is back in action on the 3rd March in Leeds.
Also, last night in York Hall Thomas Essomba lost to Jay Harris for the Commonwealth flyweight belt in a unanimous points decision.