What an amazing set of events that World Boxing Super Series has become. Last Saturday the 3rd of February in Sochi, Russia Murat Gassiev stopped Yanier Dorticos in the 12th round. It was another huge contest and with 4 unbeaten cruiserweights entering the semi finals with all 4 belts the final could not be more massive as an event. Who would have thought that we now have the super middleweights and THEY have to step up to the plate to match the cruiserweights?
Matchroom also had their first big Sky bill of 2018 and it was an absolute cracker – if you ignore the headline act.
At the O2 Arena, London super flyweight Charlie Edwards, stopped Ricky Little in the first round, then got into a bigger fight with WBA world champion Kal Yafai at the side of the ring!
Middleweight Felix Cash, stopped James Magenimana in the 5th round, light heavyweight Joseph Buatsi showed once more how devastating he was by knocking the stuffing out of Jordan Joseph with the towel coming in, in the second round.
Bantamweight Paul Butler stopped Jefferson Vargas in the 8th having sent him to the floor twice, whilst Reece Belotti faced an overweight Ben Jones for the Commonwealth title at featherweight and stopped him in the 6th round – you have to wonder about fighters coming in heavy…
But heavy is how Carson Jones arrived for his WBA international super welterweight title fight with Ted Cheeseman.
We know now.
Cheeseman is the real deal as he beat a wily operator who also missed weight, but Cheeseman did not miss the opportunity to thoroughly impress.
It left the floor open for a couple of novices who sold 8,000 ticket to come in and show us that this British Beef was lightly undercooked.
Eddie Hearn had said ages ago it might be too early and it was.
Cruiserweights Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain fought for the WBA continental title, and Okolie won relatively easily. Chamberlain was poor on the night and those who thought, as I did, Okolie early or Chamberlain on points were wrong; it was Chamberlain by a very wide margin. He got a knockdown and saw Chamberlain docked a point but truth be told he needed neither to win.
Finally, in Belfast Dundee’s super featherweight Ronnie “The Shark” Clark got a 6 rounds points win against Dean Evans.