If Hull a week before was fantastic, then the 4th March took it to another level again. as a pay per view event, this was truly how it ought to be done.
Lightweight Katie Taylor returned with a 5th round win against a very tough Monic Gentili.
Dave Allen was quickly back in the ring and very quick to take on David Howe in 2 rounds and next up there is talk of a British title fight, though we are talking 2 or 3 fights down the line so not likely to be the winner of Sam Sexton/Gary Cornish.
Lee Selby, dominated Spaniard Andoni Gago with a 9th round stoppage against a guy who had never been stopped before. Following his win, he shall no doubt be looking to gorge on the opportunities which should include unifying his and one other title.
Paulie Malignaggi came in and showed just how classy a fighter he is, but he met a Sam Eggington who was in the mood and kept the WBC international title. Malignaggi took to Twitter the day after and announced his retirement. Eggington proved that he was now in a different league from before and now who knows what awaits him but it is now on a different level to that that people thought he was on before.
The mini grudge match between Ohara Davies and Derry Mathews saw Davies blow out Mathews by the second round to take the WBC silver super lightweight crown. Like the headline act, once the fight was over the respect flew through. Davies IS the real deal and Mathews is heading towards retirement too.
And then there was the finale. And what a finale it was…
Tony Bellew stopped David Haye in the 11th round. Haye’s Achilles tendon went in the 6th. That is not the entire story, of course, but it was the biggest fight of 2017 and it was the most talked about fight of 2017. That discussion has continued beyond the final bell and with a rematch a possibility, Haye’s recovery likely to be lengthy and other champions looking to Bellew this has just got weirder.
On the same night and in Houghton – le – Spring super featherweight Thomas Patrick Ward got a points win against journeyman Simas Volosinas whilst namesake super lightweight Martin Ward also got a point win against Dmitriys Guthans.
Over in the USA at the Barclay Centre, New York we the WBA/WBC welterweight action saw Danny Garcia lose on a split decision to Keith Thurman. As expected it was Danny’s da who was the most upset. Amir Khan got mentioned too…