Hull promised and Hull delivered. On Saturday, last weekend we got a fantastic bill of fighting that included some surprises and more than a few talking points.
We began the night in devastating fashion as a genuine domestic heavyweight David Allen showed he was very serious about the sport as he blasted the Polish plumber, Lukasz Rusiewicz in the first round. With the British title fight currently set up between Gary Cornish and Sam Sexton – Allen gets the winner?
Super lightweight Tommy Coyle was in a similarly brutal mindset as he blew away Rakeem Noble. Noble looked likely to show him some resistance but Coyle was in no mood to let him in a fight that did not get to the end of the 3rd round.
Luke Campbell then got into the ring and took out Jairo Lopez to defend the WBA silver lightweight belt in only 2 rounds. Collectively the 3 fights only got less than 6 rounds of action between them and we all felt that now we might have the momentum to get another world title belt round the waist of a British contender but it was not to be.
Gavin McDonnell made a decent job of taking on Ray Vargas for the WBC super-bantamweight belt but the truth was that Vargas was a level above. Everyone knew that it was a big ask for McDonnell who was unable to join “our kid” as a world champion but it was obvious that Vargas from the beginning was a class operator. We should be looking forward to another outing of this Mexican magician who was seemingly right to worry about the judges. One of them scored it a draw and perhaps he needs some re-education about boxing before he is allowed to continue? McDonnell gave a very decent account of himself and perhaps at this level we shall see him back and battling for another version of a world belt – who knows?
In Alabama, Texas, reminiscent of David Haye’s boast that HE will decide when the fight with Tony Bellew will end, heavyweight Deontay Wilder did just that against Gerald Washington to successfully defend his WBC belt. He toyed a little with Washington before unleashing his right and despatching the pretender and it looks like his surgery has been successful and we might just see him back out in 2017 – with whom is intriguing and needs April to resolve it…
Dominic Breazeale blew away the cobwebs and the memory of being blasted out himself by Anthony Joshua as he blasted Polish fighter, the undefeated Izagbe Ugonoh also in the 5th round. Following a bizarre confrontation in the street involving both Breazeale and Wilder the answer to who do they fight in the ring next might be a strange rematch of the fight in the street that happened.
Friday night’s Scottish action to follow.