Let me start with an update over the Prospect Boxing, Moodiesburn bill from Friday the 30th June. There were 3 fights, all points wins for Eddie Doyle over Yousef Al Hamadi, Shane McShane got the decision over 4 rounds against Alec Bazza and finally Billy Stuart got the nod against Michael Barnor.
The following night, in Paisley, we got an MTK Global bill with super featherweight Monty Ogilvie facing seeing off Luke Fash on points over 4 rounds, heavyweight Jay McFarlane managing a points win against a very game Jone Valau, cruiserweight Ratu Latianara managed a points win against Jevgenjis Andreievs and not the man who had been billed – Tom Dallas! Flyweight Ross Murray got a very good 60-53 points win against Gyula Dodu whilst middleweight Marc Kerr managed a 6 round points win against the current Southern Area champion, Darryl Sharp, dropping only one round on the way.
The Scottish super featherweight action between Jordan McRory and Jamie McGuire ended with well fancied McRory taking the win on points over the 10 rounds. The top of the bill, Celtic featherweight fight between Michael Roberts and Declan Geraghty was, by all accounts a battle which went ended up with the visitor, Geraghty taking the belt home with him.
Down south we got a Matchroom 02 bill which delivered some great results and action. Isaac Chamberlain got a stoppage win against a spirited Ryan Crawford as Reece Belotti also managed a stoppage win in the 8th round against Jamie Speight – Speight was not a happy man. Lawrence Okolie got his 4th win in the first round, blowing out Russell Henshaw thanks to a couple of clubbing body shots. Ted Cheeseman continued his march onwards by becoming the English super welterweight champion by destroying Mathew Ryan in the 3rd round; future looking cheesy…
Connor Benn showed maturity and patience in his 3rd round stoppage of Mike Cole and stopped us for a short while talking about his father and getting to note how he has come back so well from a broken jaw. Cole took the fight in at 24 hours notice and must take massive credit for coming in and doing what he did – twas remarkable.
Joshua Buatsi made sure the hype continued as he got a 2nd round stoppage against Carlos Mena in a highly impressive debut whilst top of the bill, Frank Buglioni retained his light heavyweight British title with a points win against Ricky Summers. It was a great scrap and Summers, though devastated at the loss was a worthy contender and we may see a rematch or Summers moving in on the British title if Buglioni moves on?
In Doncaster and on the same evening, super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell got a points win against Simas Volosinas whilst Samir Mouneimne got a points win against Razaq Najib to retain the English super middleweight title. The English lightweight title fight went to Lee Appleyard thanks to a stoppage win against Steve Brogan and the vacant British bantamweight title went to a triumphant Josh Wale who beat Jamie Wilson on points.
Late on Saturday, going into Sunday morning, the 2nd July and in Brisbane the WBO welterweight title stayed in Australia as the shock of all shocks, Manny Pacquiao lost on points to Jeff Horn. There are simply hysterical rantings all over the place under which Pacquiao shall be able to continue despite Freddie Roach going to tell him to retire. Pacquiao, were he a few years younger should have a rematch. Now that he is beyond the veteran stage and really a part time boxer, it is clearly time to hang up the gloves. I reckon though, a rematch would be what the fans want and if the money talks…
As for this fight – Horn won it, unless you scored it to Pacquiao. It was that close but there is one thing that is abundantly clear – Horn stole nothing…