Last weekend was a little light on action thanks to the Sky NXTGEN bill in Newcastle on Friday night but let that not dishearten you – there was plenty of action out there – though not always as advertised!
On Saturday, the 24th in Manchester super welterweight “Jimmy” Kilrain Kelly was supposed to be fighting for the vacant IBF Mediterranean IBF title against Florian Wildenhof, having had his attempt to take the vacant East/West IBF European championship taken away by him having to face a new opponent – Mr Wildenhof!
Kelly did register a win, against journeyman Kevin McCauley over 6 rounds as Mr Wildenhof could not get into the country apparently. Kelly is a former world titlist so disappointment would have been palpable and the next step may be more carefully planned perhaps.
Down in Bingham we had the super lightweight contest between Omari Grant on his debut and the veteran journeyman, Ibrar Riyaz in his 132nd contest! Can you guess who won? Yup – points win over 6 rounds for the debutant.
Last night, Friday, the 30th of June in Ohio, USA the big fight of the week was in the lightweight division as Robert Easter Jr retained his IBF belt against Denis Shafikov on points. It was apparently a much closer contest than some of the judges had it with Easter Jr winning every round on 2 of the 3 scorecards; next? Who knows and it might interest Terry Flanagan for a unification fight and as Luke Campbell is the only UK boxer on the top 15 IBF list, it is unlikely to interest many fighters here but who knows?
On the same evening and in Derby we had a light heavyweight contest between Cory Jackson and Curtis Gargano where Jackson won on points.
Closer to home, certainly mine, and in Moodiesburn near Glasgow, Prospect Boxing scheduled fights including super lightweight Martin Taylor up against Alex Bazza with Taylor expected to be the victor as well as super lightweight action between JP McGuinness and Leon Roberts with McGuinness the fancied fighter. We also had super lightweights Shaun McShane, Eddie Doyle and Mathew Wilton as well as featherweight Billy Stuart. Awaiting the results before updating I am!