Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor – what can you say?
- Conor McGregor showed us all that he was game and he was good.
- Conor McGregor won the battle of the mouths and the showmanship.
- Floyd Mayweather won and should never fight again.
- Both fighters were suitably humble and respectful after the contest.
There are plenty of analysis of the fight to which it would not be benefitted much by my adding my weight to it all.
But hey why should that stop me? I thought the first 2 rounds belonged to McGregor, the next 2 were debatable and the rest were evidence of why you need to constantly work hard at being an athlete to enjoy longevity in your sport and in each contest in a ring or octagon – McGregor lost it in his stamina.
Let’s get back to the event. The whole production just lacked something we would normally associate with the good old, U S of A – pizazz. It took an Irishman to show them how to put it into what was the biggest fight of the century and the American promoters then proceeded not to take heed! They were out manoeuvred.
The undercard also promised a great deal but delivered little.
Our own world champion, Welshman and WBA light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverley, was quite simply, outclassed by Badou Jack. Jack has now added Cleverley to wins against Groves and a draw with DeGale as he continued his dominance over British boxers. It was an unfortunate end to a very interesting career as Cleverley then bowed out of the sport and retired. Cleverley looked less than second best against Jack who could well be into a much bigger scenario next – Adonis Stevenson or Andre Ward – for some big bucks.
The IBF super featherweight fight between Gervonta Davis and Francisco Fonsera started as a farce at the weigh in as Davis lost his belt by being overweight and then ended with a strange knock out. Fonsera looked to be hoping for a disqualification but was not to be entertained by the referee and the win for Davis will hopefully lead to better opportunities for others to take on Davis. Davis looks beatable and there are a few who will think they could show the world just how beatable on their day.
The one, truly bright spark of the night was British Super middleweight Savannah Marshall who showed great heart and skill in beating a tough Sydney Leblanc. Maybe that rematch with Claressa Shields is not so far away after all…
Whilst we were all stuck watching the big show, there was plenty of action elsewhere to keep us talking…
In Carson, California the warrior of the ring, Miguel Cotto beat Yoshihiro Kamegai on points and took the vacant WBO super-welterweight title, his sixth world title, and Cotto is now looking for his final contest.
Also on the bill, Rey Vargas successfully defended his WBC super-bantamweight title against Ronny Rios with a points win and his 30th victory with no losses.
On Friday, the 1st September we had the next generation of British boxers, in the York Hall arena; an iconic venue that has been the scene of some amazing fights. That night we got some absolute crackers to add to that history.
Light heavyweight Jake Ball put Joe Sherriff down twice in the 2nd round before taking the win on points. It was a very decent contest which brought a lot of admiration for Sherriff and we are all sure he shall come again.
Super welterweight Ted Cheeseman, faced Francesco Lezzi. Italian Moaner Lezzi was disqualified in the second round for pushing the referee and Cheeseman chalks it up but little was gained through the experience.
Super featherweight Joe Cordina may have faced a tough Jamie Speight but he managed to take Speight out in the first round after a punch perfect performance from the guy who has been sparring with world champions. Cordina came in as the man with the reputation, he left with that enhanced as Speight is a tough guy.
Welterweight Connor Benn faced unbeaten Kane Baker and scored a knockdown in the first round. The second round then saw Baker lose a point for a deliberate head butt. Benn then took Baker out shortly after and in the same second round in a stoppage win that was as devastating as it was effective.
Cruiserweight knock out specialist Lawrence Okolie, was taken into unchartered waters as he went a full 6 rounds with Blaise Mendouo and after knocking him down in the 4th round found himself going the distance. It was a very decent six rounds and Okolie demonstrated that he is a raw talent and he needs some work. It was not a great performance but learning early that he needs to pay more attention to finer details in the gym before coming back to the ring.
We also had middleweight Felix Cash who got a fourth round stoppage against Fernando Heredia and super middleweight Danny Dignum got a points win against the doughty and experienced Lewis van Poetsch.
Sensational light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi, headlined in only his second fight against Frenchman Baptiste Castegnaro. Castegnaro was confident and clearly a difficult opponent and took the fight on a week’s notice. He was no match for Buatsi who stopped him in the 5th round for his second stoppage win out of two.