In the last week I have been reminded of just what heartbreak means in this brutal sport. We start at the weekend with a massive bill in Belfast where flyweight Paddy Barnes managed to knockout Eliecer Quezan for the WBO intercontinental title in the 6th round. Barnes was incredibly good in this fight, highly impressive and I am sure that we can look forward to bigger contests very soon.
The first heartbreak for the week came in the super flyweight world title fight between the smooth and amazing Jerwin Ancajas who stopped Jamie Conlan in the 6th round for the IBF title. Conlan, as he admitted afterwards, met an amazingly skilful operator in the ring and was unable to keep up with him. It was an impressive performance from Ancajas and one that suggests some amazing fights in the future to watch.
Another fighter who should have us tuning in just for his warm ups is the bantamweight sensation Zolani Tete, who took only 11 seconds to knockout fellow South African compatriot Siboniso Gonya setting a world record and the heather alight at the same time. Tete was exceptional though we hardly saw anything of him, and it is an amazing statistic; you cannot fail to be impressed. What comes next is key – who would want to go in with him? There has to be a super fight for him in the near future, after all it is nothing less than he deserves…
Finally, top of the bill was the successful return of the Jackal as Carl Frampton beat Horacio Garcia on points over 10 rounds. It was not an emphatic victory and there was plenty in there to cause a little doubt as to whether he is ready for world honours. Promoter, Frank Warren was of the same opinion – and of us all – that another fight may be necessary before a world title is within his grasp. The ring rust though is off – it makes what next vitally important and it needs careful thought. Quigg and Selby would not have worried after seeing Frampton last weekend and he needs them to worry to get a big share of a big fight.
Locally, in Airdrie, BIBA were back with cruiserweights Paddy Reilly seeing Aleksejs Nikitenko retire after the first round, Ben McGivern against Eduards Gerasimovs had McGivern slow, on the night, only getting his opponent out on the second round, also at cruiserweight. Super middleweight Gary Wilson managed a first round stoppage of Dmitrijs Ovsjannikovs, whilst super lightweight Barrie McCrorie also stopped Igors Dubovs impressively in the first round. Lightweight Jamie McGinnis was the slowest on the night, taking till the third round to stop Vladislavs Davidiatis. All Scottish boxers managed a tremendous result on a night of what was apparently an amazing night of boxing and well done to all involved. Those that were stopped are facing a 28 day suspension as per their rules.
It was heartache for the second night of the week on Thursday with the rematch between Scott Allan and Ukashir Farooq for Allan’s Scottish bantamweight title. It was also a British title eliminator and with the 8th round stoppage of Allan by “Fash” it was clear that Allan’s assault on the British boxing scene has taken a massive blow. I know Scott and know how badly the last defeat was taken. This one has been a real body blow and he shall take time away to think and reflect. As for Farooq, we have a great fighter who will cause anyone problems and I cannot wait to see him back out again and fighting for that British title; Ryan Burnett is the holder, and he may vacate.
I am still trying to find reports on the Hennessy bill last night in Tolworth the super featherweight Kallia Kourini who was up for the GBU/IBF women’s title and the fight involving lightweight John Joe Nevin. News when I have it!