Braehead Arena rocked to the tune of its own Cyclone as Barry McGuigan and his team brought real drama into the city with an evening that promised much and certainly delivered. Whilst it was home wins all the way there was plenty of 50/50 match ups and incredibly impressive performances to make the night rock and the belts roll down the aisles.
On the undercard, middleweight Iain Trotter managed to defeat Borislav Zankov on points whilst super bantamweight Gary Rae also got a points win over 4 rounds against Luis Espinosa, as did middleweight Aston Brown over Alexandrov and welterweight Gary Murray over Gergo Vari.
Cruiserweight Stephen Simmons got a disqualification win against Lukasz Rusiewicz but Simmons was already in the driving seat and thoughts turn to what is next for Billy Nelson’s “best cruiserweight in the UK.”
We then got the best performance of the night, apart from the two that followed it, as lightweight Chantelle Cameron blew away Bojana Libiszewska in the 4th round.
We then got the best performance of the night, apart from the top of the bill, as the super lightweight IBO intercontinental title went to Jason Easton as he forced an uncharacteristic stoppage on the very tough and hardy, Steve Jamoye.
It was then time for the best performance of the night as Prestonpan’s Tartan Tornado showed Ohara Davies what hype truly means as he stopped Davies in the 7th round, took his belt, defended his own and announced his true arrival – in only his 10th professional fight – in amongst the rising boxing elite of British fighters. Immediately people wanted a Ricky Burns showdown but with Burns looking to cement a fight with Anthony Crolla that might have to wait… then again…
Down in London on the same evening and in the Copper Box, London heavyweight Hughie Fury got in the ring in an exhibition and got rid of some ring rust. The next fallout was over the meetings held between Eddie Hearn and Joseph Parker’s guys to plan a possible 2018 fight between Parker and Joshua that looked as though Parker thinks Fury is not going to trouble him in September in Manchester; that was more heated than this fight…
The other heavyweight on the bill, Daniel Dubois stopped Julian Fernandez in his 4th fight, and in the 2nd round to win the WBC Youth title. This kid is beginning to attract a lot of attention and after 4 fights to have any form of world title around his waist so he should!
The super middleweight fight for the English belt between Darryl Williams and Jahmaine Smyle ended with Williams getting a majority decision that will leave both relatively unhappy. The WBO European light heavyweight fight suffered no such issues as Richard Baranyi was stopped in the very first round by a rampant Anthony Yarde.
The British title defence at lightweight between Bradley Skeete and Dale Evans was Skeete’s with an accomplished performance and Skeete now has the much coveted Londsdale belt outright. Skeete now needs to plan his way forward whilst Evans may start to think about what level his career is headed towards.
The WBO intercontinental title fight between Gary Corcoran and Larry Ekundayo ended with a split decision that favoured Corcoran; rematch?
One place there will be no appetite for any sort of rematch is over the WBA cruiserweight title which was won by Denis Lebedev. His win over Australian, Mark Flanagan was so one sided it was hard to see Flanagan winning anything apart from airmiles.