Last weekend there was literally something for everyone as the bill in Liverpool delivered BIG time. We had heartbreak, devastating action, a fairy tale story continuing and a masterclass in world level elite boxing…
Heavyweight Derrick Chisora got a 5th round stoppage against Robert Filipovic and he is set up beautifully for his European title fight in Monaco later this year. We also saw lightweight Natasha Jonas also get a stoppage against Bojana Libiszewska and it was also a win for cruiserweight Craig Glover, who got past Forenc Zsalek in the first round.
It was then all about the anticipated clashes that could have gone either way and like a great plan that was destined to fail, so it did…
We began with super welterweight Anthony Fowler who got his third professional win with a 4th round stoppage of a tough Jay Byrne – all good so far…
Super lightweight Tom Farrell was then blasted by Ohara Davies for the WBA international belt. There has been plenty of fire about when they should have pulled Farrell out of this fight. That his corner did not do it soon enough was roundly condemned throughout the auditorium and in commentaries on the night and since. Davies had him down in the first but it took until the 6th for it to be waved off. Farrell is to be commended for his bravery and his corner was slighted for its foolhardiness.
The story of how lightweight Sean Dodds has changed his life around continues as he beat the former Olympic GB captain, Thomas Stalker on points for the Commonwealth title. The heartbreak was for Stalker who may contemplate very seriously what happens next in his career and it is hard to know where he shall go now. For Dodds he just keeps confounding everyone.
Also, on the night we got the beauty of a fantastic top of the bill clash with Paul Butler gaining the right to fight for the IBF belt as he beat Stuart Hall with such a fantastic masterclass that we were in awe. Next the winner of McDonnell/Solis and you cannot bet against Butler becoming a world champion once again.
The final heartbreak of the night and the knockout that shocked out the auditorium was the demolition of Commonwealth super middleweight champion, Scot David Brophy, from Rocky Fielding. Fielding defended his British title and added Brophy’s Commonwealth one around his waist. Next for Fielding may be tricky due to the super middleweight super series but as these guys who are being beaten fall out of that competition, then Fielding might just pick up some great pay days? As for Brophy, just time to regroup.
Talking of the World Boxing Super Series the next quarter final of the cruiserweight competition, for the WBC title, in Latvia, Riga saw Mairis Breidis win on points against Mike Perez and retain his title and progress. I truly fancied Perez to get to the final but the move down to cruiserweight may have cost him more than I thought it would.
On the same night in Hartlepool, super bantamweight Abigail Medina retained his title ina s econd round stoppage of Martin Ward for the EBU belt.
Last night, Friday the 6th of October at Meadowbank MTK gave us a good win for flyweight Paddy Barnes, against the tricky Juan Hinostroza. We also saw welterweight Paddy Gallagher take a 10 round points win against Gary Murray for the Celtic title.
The battle between featherweight Stephen Tiffney and Troy James ended in Tiffney’s favour on points and he deserved his win – was a cracker of a fight.
Super middleweight Tommy Philbin can count himself very lucky he got the points win over late replacement, Sanquhar’s Rhys Pagan for the Celtic title. Pagan did himself a lot of favours in the fight and was very unlucky.
The top of the bill clash between Stephen Simmons and Simon Barclay for the IBF East/West European title went to Simmons who was taken to deep places by a man who was again a late replacement, this time for an injured Matty Askin. The Askin fight for the British title shall be next and “Monster” will up his game for that I am sure.
The final heartache of the week came as heavyweight Gary Cornish failed in his attempt to be the very first Scottish, British heavyweight champion as Sam Sexton won on points. It was a deserved win and though not in the same fairy tale category as Masher Dodds, it was close as Sexton spoke of his daughter now having a real daddy at the end.
MTK have to take some serious plaudits for the show as I gave us plenty of very decent action, close contests and many new and fascinating stories to tell.