With a little bit of luck, the Chunky bandwagon may have been re hitched. Last week, on Saturday the 7th of April in Las Vegas super middleweight Caleb Truax lost his IBF belt to James DeGale. The British star may now, have managed to climb back into the thick of things as the World Boxing Super Series have yet to announce the date of their super middleweight final between Callum Smith and George Groves. This was, however, another unstable performance from DeGale. He started brightly, lost interest and nearly the belt, before rallying, getting a point deducted and taking the decision. Granted he was dealing with a cut they could not stop but he was dabbing away at it like it was a new thing to experience; DeGale is far more experienced than that! Had he not rallied late on, he would have lost again to Truax and the headlines would have been very different. The DeGale early and late was the fighter we wanted to see; the fighter in the mid rounds is the one we have got used to seeing. Against either Smith or Groves, there aint no switching off allowed…
On the same bill the headline fight at super welterweight title between Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd for the IBF, IBO and WBA super belts went to Hurd on points though he also had Lara down in the 12th. Hurd will now look to dominate and will likely have Jermell Charlo (WBC) or Brian Carlos Castano (WBA normal… champion) in his sights.
In Paisley the MTK bill saw 19 year old super lightweight Callen McAuley show his class in a first round stoppage against Lee Hallet, who was making his professional debut! Dundee’s middleweight Paul Kean got a 6 round points victory up against the highly experienced Lewis Van Poetsch. Lightweight Thomas Dickson got a 4 round points win against Naheem Chaudhry, and should now be looking beyond to some better opportunities. Super featherweight Monty Ogilvie also got a decent points win over the Slovakian super lightweight champion, Ivan Godor. Ogilvie continues to impress and what is next for him may be crucial.
Dropping to light flyweight Ross Murray managed to take care of Gary Reeve in a 6 round points win that suggests he shall be making bigger waves in the months to come. The super lightweight we all love, Craig MacIntyre took care of Innocent Anyanwu, to make it 9-0. We also had wins for heavyweight Jay McFarlane on points over 6 rounds against Ferenc Zsalek, and welterweight Stefan Sanderson got a 6 round points win against Victor Edagha.