Whilst the 31st of March may be seen as the main event, the entrees from last week, at the 02, London, Saturday on the 24th of March promised much and delivered even more…
Of the few fights that I thought might finish early, heavyweight Derrick Chisora put Zakaria Azzouzi to the sword inside the ring by rounds 2 and then climbed out and put Joe Joyce and David Haye to the sword in a hilarious exchange ringside; though neither Joyce nor Haye seemed amused. Super welterweight Anthony Fowler stopped Kalilou Dembele in the 5th, super middleweight Craig “Spider” Richards stopped Ivan Stupalo in the 3rd and super middleweight Jamie Cox knocked Harry Mathews out in the 2nd.
It then, as they say, got tasty. Two fifty/fifty fights took less than 3 rounds to end. Lightweight Lewis Ritson defended his British title by blasting former British champion, Scott Cardle in 2 rounds. Cardle came out swinging and looking like a man possessed. He ended up being dispossessed of reason and opportunity as Ritson, again, proved he is THE force in the division in the UK.
Then history took a stumble as light heavyweight Frank Buglioni lost his British title against Callum Johnson, who added it to his own Commonwealth belt. Buglioni fought the wrong fight, came in to take on a massive puncher by trading and got caught and floored. It was a very stupid mistake for Buglioni to make and Johnson took full advantage as the referee got between them to wave it all off.
Finally, the heavyweight action that was a 6 round brutal demolition involved Dillian Whyte successfully defending the WBC Silver belt, against Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne. It is hard now to make a case for Browne being dangerous as he looked far from that as he walked in with extra weight, lumbered around the ring and took some very heavy punishment. The fact is he can still swing and he can still hurt. One punch is all it takes, and Browne has plenty of spite in his fists. He claims he still has the fire but on this evidence, I would be telling his kids to have a word with daddy.
Also, in Birmingham that very evening we had welterweight action as Craig Morris faced Andy Keates for the IBO Continental belt, but it ended in a technical draw in the 3rd round whilst middleweight Andrew Robinson took a majority decision against Nicky Jenman to win the IBO continental belt. Seems like an interesting and controversial night was had by all…