Live on Channel Five last weekend we got to see some cracking action but only some of the card made the TV – there were some cracking fights that failed to get the coverage.
On the undercard Cyclone Promotions gave bantamweight Lee McGregor a platform on which he made a first round stoppage win against Stefan Sashiv his calling card. Cruiserweight Chris Billam Smith then knocked out Jan Hrazdira in the second round whilst Iain Trotter got a 4 round points win against Konstantin Alexandrov.
It was back to explosive action for super welterweight Craig MacIntyre who knocked out Michal Vosyka in less than a minute! The other super welterweight, Michael McGurk also knocked out Filip Rzadek in the first round.
Heavyweight Martin Bakole Ilunga, not to be outdone, was unbelievably quick in also getting a first round knockout with victim Ali Baghouz and Ilunga has moved up with the IBO continental title.
Lightweight Chantelle Cameron also got a stoppage – in the 3rd round – against Edith Ramos to take the IBO Inter-Continental title. It was a great result and along with previous names on the night, Cameron ought to now be getting the attention she deserves in terms of offers.
The ever-increasing growth of the reputation of super lightweight Jason Easton just keeps getting better and better as he was dominant throughout his win against Josef Zahradnik on points for the IBO intercontinental belt.
Top of the bill saw a sensational stoppage by super lightweight Josh Taylor of the former world title holder, Mexican Miguel Vazquez for the WBC Silver super lightweight title. Taylor cannot now be underestimated. This was a big ask and he answered and then asked some questions of his own – the chief one being, when do I get as big as that fella Frampton then?
On the same night, in Newcastle, Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions gave us heavyweight, Nathan Gorman stopping Mohamed Soltby; Gorman must now be in line for much better opponents and future titles.
Josh Leather took on and beat Glenn Foot for the IBF East/West Europe super lightweight title. It was an amazing dust up which went the distance and the grudge, now settled – a little bit – could be ready to be reignited again at some time in the future!
Super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward also got a points win against Sean Davis for the British title and Ward showed some real skill in doing so.
The main event – that super welterweight rematch between Liam Smith and Liam Williams – lived up to its top of the bill status and gave us a cracking fight that ended in a majority decision for Smith. Smith shall now be looking to get another world title and Williams, having not lost any prestige by being in the wrong corner at the end, may be back for the trilogy as a challenger…
Over in California, we saw Artur Beterbiev beat Enrico Koelling to retain the IBF light heavyweight title – lots of options out there now. I wonder if the World Boxing, Super Series has the light heavyweights down for the next round of competition…
Connor Benn made a highly impressive American debut at welterweight by stopping Brandon Saludo in the second round with a fantastic body shot. Be clear, people will have taken notice of the son…
Heavyweight Jarrel Big Baby Miller also got people’s attention by stopping German Mariusz Wach in the 9th round. This was the talking done, the walking achieved and now the ring needs to be filled with a meaningful opponent – Dillian Whyte in February?
Finally, middleweight Daniel Jacobs led us all in a master class as he out pointed, outboxed, outfoxed, out thought and knocked it all out the park in a points win against Luis Arias. Plenty of names are now being mentioned and a wee trip to Canada to see Lemieux and Saunders in the WBO showdown could indicate who Jacobs is most likely to face next.