Last weekend we had on Saturday the 5th of May at the 02 Arena, London the repeat of their previous meeting as Bellew beat Haye for a second time. Tony Bellew got the tactics spot on and with his trainer Dave Coldwell managed to control the threat of David Haye, push him constantly onto his back foot and break down his attempt at revenge and beat him, “just like that!” Bellew has a world at his feet whilst Haye should hang up the gloves.
That was one of the talking points of a massive night of boxing that enthralled us all but Tony Bellew showed he WAS worthy of the praise from the first fight and not the scorn of the doubters or bookies.
On the undercard light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi got a decent 5th round stoppage against Stephane Cuevas, super lightweight Luke Campbell certainly shook off cobwebs and ring rust with a 5th round stoppage of his own against Troy James and all roads and thoughts lead to his rematch and world tile eliminator against Yvan Mendy later in the year.
The Commonwealth heavyweight belt went from one large waist to a Juggernaut sized other one as Joe Joyce blasted Lenroy Thomas out in 2 rounds whilst super middleweight John Ryder also blasted Jamie Cox out in 2 rounds in a huge message to the super middleweight division.
The super featherweight action between Martin Joseph Ward and James Tennyson for the EBU, WBA international and Commonwealth titles proved another massive fight and another huge message as Tennyson stopped Ward in the 5th round to upset many.
The night was certainly going according to the fan’s wishes but not necessarily the way of all the bookies’ favourites – this was therefore a cracking night to watch the event.
We then saw the class of Emmanuel Rodriguez as he bossed the bantamweight world title fight between himself and Paul Butler to take the IBF belt. He looks like a very serious prospect and we could do worse than keep an eye on his career as it develops… For Butler, opportunities might now start to seriously recede as he looked way off that level.
Across the pond Gennady Golovkin successfully defended his WBA and WBC belts against Vanes Martirosyan with a brutal 2nd round stoppage. This was a reminder of levels and this was a tactical masterclass and though short, it was effective.
The masterclass had been beautifully set up by welterweight Cecilia Braekius, who took on and beat on points, Kali Reis for the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, and WBO titles. The Colombian/Norwegian superstar looked and proved herself to be rather special and who knows what might be next. It was her first fight in the States so big money fights on big money undercards should see her start to cash out on a remarkable career.
Finally, on the undercard, Briedis Prescott, lost on points to Ryan Martin at super lightweight as expected and the demise of a man once at the top looks like continuing on paper but wages need to be earned and food needs to be bought.