So last weekend was one with a massive Cardiff card that made world records for an indoor boxing event and slightly less noticed but equally competitive action throughout the country.
We start on that very night, Saturday the 28th of October in Paisley where MTK gave us super welterweight Stefan Sanderson getting a points win over Jan Baloq, middleweight Marc Kerr, by all accounts with a very decent points win over Jordan Grannum, super welterweight Paul Kean getting a points win over Victor Edagha and finally super flyweight Jordan McRory managing a 2nd round stoppage over Rafael Castillo. Future titlists in there and no mistake.
Of course, the big one was in Cardiff where over 70,000 in attendance saw a fantastic night of boxing. We began with cruiserweight sensation Lawrence Okolie stopping Adam Williams in the 3rd round, light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi getting in some good rounds and going the distance against Saidon Sall, lightweight Joe Cordino also getting the experience of the distance against Lesther Cantillano in his comfortable win. So Okolie was the only one who got an explosive ending but they all looked very good and sharp.
The light heavyweight fight between Frank Buglioni and Craig “Spider” Richards was an intriguing one when announced. Not taking on the far more dangerous Hosea Burton but Buglioni and his trainer, Don Charles, gave Burton a back handed compliment by saying they would not take on such a dangerous guy with 10 days notice. Buglioni struggled, Richards looked good and both Glen Johnson and Hosea Burton will have this on repeat as Buglioni will need to sharpen up if he wants to win the Lonsdale belt outright.
Whilst Dave Allen never got to show off his new-found skills, Mr Dillian Whyte took care of business by beating Robert Helenius on points. It was more measured than explosive and the decision was never in doubt. Whyte is now Deontay Wilder’ mandatory – watch THAT space with interest.
The WBA lightweight Women’s belt went in an astonishing display of boxing power by Katie Taylor as she dismantled and stopper her opponent Anahi Esther Sanchez. This was the performance of the night – undoubtedly and we can expect even more in the future as Taylor is going to defend – probably in December – and then unite the division. On this evidence nobody – never mind what gender – could touch her.
Khalid Yafai successfully defended his WBA super flyweight title against Sho Ishida. It was a polished and professional performance over the distance which showed Yafai’s skill. Next a unification? Here’s hoping!
Finally, the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight title fight between champion Anthony Joshua and the challenger Carlos Takam.
Let’s begin by dealing with facts.
- Takam never won a round.
- Takam never looked as though he was going to win any round and needed a knockdown to win by the 7th
- Joshua had his nose busted in the 2nd round by a headbutt but managed to come through that.
Against those facts it was right that the fight was stopped. Takam had been pulled in and despite the training he had done this was a performance that fell short of being a serious contender. He was certainly brave, he will cause other elite fighters problems but he will not manage to beat a Wilder, a Parker, a Whyte, a Fury or a Bellew or Haye on that form.
AJ now needs those three big fights – Parker in February, Wilder in the summer and Fury in the Autumn. 2018 just got seriously good!
Last night in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow MTK gave us another show with super lightweight Ahmed Ibrahim beating Rhys Saunders on points and super welterweight Aidan McGlynn winning on points against Liam Griffiths.