The lack of superstar status amongst British boxing continued at the weekend as Gervonta Davis, dominated and finished Liam Walsh over 3 rounds. We were in the presence of an exceptional fighter and now goodness knows what is next for Floyd Mayweather’s protégé but know this, Davis is something special.
Liam Walsh was right to take the fight and his inability to wrestle a world title belt away from Davis should not diminish his star but another and more likely route to world glory needs now to be plotted.
On the undercard, highly rated bantamweight Sunny Edwards got his career first stoppage against Gyula Dodu, lightweight Mitchell Smith, got a point win against Lee Connelly whilst the British featherweight title fight between Ryan Walsh and Marco McCullough was settled with this Walsh winning by late stoppage. Also on the bill was the new heavyweight juggernaut that is Daniel Dubois, who got a third straight win by knockout in the first round against David Howe.
In Maryland, USA there was the WBC featherweight title fight between Gary Russell Jr and Oscar Escandon which saw Russell Jr stopping Escandon to defend his title. Russell Jr was quick after the fight to warn potential suitors that if he cannot get big fights at featherweight he is going to move up in weight to go and chase them.
It was, however, what was happening on the undercard that was more newsworthy!
In a weekend that was a bit like a US convention of who fought Ricky Burns we had former foe Kiryl Relikh falter against Rances Barthelemy at super lightweight. What followed was an IBF super middleweight eliminator which ended with a disqualification and a warrant being issued for an arrest. Andre Direll won the fight after Jose Uzcategui was disqualified for landing a blow after the bell. Dirrell’s uncle and trainer then got in the ring and sucker punched Uzcategui in an assault before thousands if not millions of people. The police now want a word.
Another former Ricky Burns opponent in in Madison Square Gardens, New York was in the WBC/WBO light welterweight title fight. Terence Crawford continued to show just how dominant he is with a 10th round stoppage of Felix Diaz. Crawford has now got pretensions on a fight with either Manny Pacquiao or Keith Thurman.
On the undercard, we also had another former Ricky Burns opponent in Raymundo Beltran who knocked out Jonathan Maicelo for the WBA international, NABF and NABO lightweight titles.
Also on Saturday and in Southend there was heavyweight action between Dominic Akinlade and Ferenc Zsalek with Akinlade fancied to win but no reports as yet whether he did or not.
This Friday, the 26th May, in Cardiff the phenomenon that is flyweight Andrew Selby faces Cristofer Rosales whilst cruiserweight Craig Kennedy and Matty Askin are in the ring for the British title. Selby and Kennedy are the home boys and there shall be heavily fancied so I reckon that we shall see fireworks at the very least.
Also in Cardiff, former Olympic Silver Medallist and World Amateur Gold Medallist super welterweight, Fred Evans makes his debut against Najim Fennane. Third home win for me.
In Houghton-le-Spring, on the Friday lightweight Lewis Ritson returns to action to face Henry Janes and Ritson should see this through and be planning a more exciting end of 2017/ early 2018.