The boxing year of 2017 ended last weekend with a masterclass.
All who witnessed it are still marvelling as the WBO middleweight title fight between David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders in Montreal, Canada had Saunders put in what has been described as the best display by a British boxer abroad ever. It was a shut out, it was imperious, it was incredible. Saunders still has something to prove, but for me, he became, after Anthony Joshua our most impressive fighter from 2017 – what a difference a year makes…
Another man with something to prove but a popular following was middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, who won the WBO intercontinental title against Antoine Douglas by knocking him out in the 7th round on the same Canadian bill. It was an exceptional performance and O’Sullivan will have a great 2018 too!
Also, likely to have a great new year is super flyweight Nicola Adams who faced and demolished the very experienced Soledad Maredo, again in Canada.
This was a rare thing – all the British and Irish boxers went, saw and conquered. 2017 has ended very well indeed… 2018 has a tough act to follow in terms of the drama of it all.
Domestically we were in Paisley with MTK who gave us the great night I thought they might with welterweight Aidan McGlynn beating Lewis Van Poetsch on points, super lightweight Martin Taylor getting a similar 4 round points win against Naheem Chaudry, lightweight Calvin McCord also with a 4 round points win v Alec Bazza, the sensational super featherweight Monty Ogilvie got guess what… a 4 round points win against Joe Beeden, but middleweight Jay MacFarlane bucked the trend by stopping Nathan Stevens in the second!
Welterweight Anthony Upton put things back in the groove with a points win against Santos Medrano, whilst bantamweight Iain Butcher got an 8 round win, on points against Scott MacCormack.
The top of the bill featuring featherweight Stephen Tiffney and Lewis Paulin for the Scottish title saw Paulin take it, on points and ended the year in cracking style.
And that as they say for 2017, is all folks…
ROLL ON 2018!!!