Last weekend we split again between this side of the pond and the other but went more north in the Americas as a classic contest between light heavyweight WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and challenger Badou Jack went the distance. Toronto provided the dramatic back drop as they fought out a majority draw that was a fair result – Jack in a draw, who knew. This has led to calls for a rematch. This was a great fight, but Stevenson is 40, has shown all that he could bring to the ring and whilst it is unfortunate that Jack, who would be a more active champion, did not win there is little by way of appetite for a rematch. We shall just have to wait until Stevenson decides if or when he wants to defend but an older man takes time to heal. This was the classic, let it rest there and let Stevenson retire and let Jack invite someone else into the ring to fight over the green and gold, I say…
Toronto was a fitting end though, to a night of boxing drama and pugilistic excitement. In Leeds, outside in Elland Road, home of the once mighty Leeds United, super lightweight Ohara Davies took on Glasgow’s own Ahmed Ibrahim over 6 rounds to win on points. Ibrahim was a very late replacement and will have been paid a few pounds and got loads of experience out of the event, but people were perhaps unfairly, expecting a bit more from Davies. It was not a real test though and getting the rounds in will help but the mouth from the south needs to step it up. Look at where former opponent, Josh Taylor, is now…
Christopher Sebire stepped in to face super lightweight Jack Caterall for the WBO intercontinental belt and did not manage to hear the first bell as Caterall stopped him within the first 3 minutes. Caterall is ready to move on.
We then had welterweight Darren Tetley facing Mason Cartwright for the WBO European title and Tetley managed a stoppage too with the 9th round proving the one in which he got his hand raised.
Controversy and super flyweight Nicola Adams are not words that are often slung together in a sentence but here last Saturday they were. Adams stopped her opponent Soledad Del Valle Frias, a three times world titlist, in under 3 minutes. She was going to stop her within that time anyway, but the fight was supposed to be over 2 minute rounds. Adams has always wanted to fight over 3 minutes, trains to fight over 3 minutes but here Frias was left slumped because the timekeeper was unaware that it should only have been 120 seconds. The class of someone like Frias will be shown if she does not appeal but she clearly has grounds to.
Top of the bill was the IBF featherweight title fight between the Welsh Mayweather Lee Selby and the Yorkshire Young Turk, Josh Warrington. It was billed as a cracker and it was an absolute barnstormer. Cut from early on, Selby just never got going and the look of him suggested that he needs to move up in weight and stop trying to dip into the dry well one more time. This was the first example of someone in the lower weight divisions jut looking awful at the weigh in, drained in his walk to the ring and bordering on dreadful in his performance in just one week! Selby did show, at times, some flashes of his old self but the reality was this was a fight masterminded by a very clever training team that was executed perfectly by a worthy champion who showed skills he had not shown before to move to another level. That level is a very exciting place to find yourself. As for Selby, move on up now…
If Selby looked weakened by making the weight then yesterday, Friday the 25th of May in Tokyo, with the bantamweight world title fight for the WBA belt between Jamie McDonnell and Naoye Inoue saw the monster, Inoue knock a drained and weak McDonnell out in less than 3 minutes. It was devastating and the new 3 weight world champion, has shown he is a true monster. McDonnell looked awful, drained and showed nothing – because he was not allowed to. Another move on up now event… McDonnell is too good for this o be the last image we see of him.
Scotland has had two cracking Friday nights of boxing over the last fortnight. Last weekend it was in Glenrothes and this weekend in Glasgow. I was unable to bring the results form Glenrothes last week so here they are as Connor Law stopped Yailton Neves in the 6th round whilst Chris Ryder got a points win against Sotiris Papageorgiou and John McCallum also scored a points win against Jevgenijs Andrejevs.
As for this weekend and last night I do know that we have a new BUI Celtic welterweight champion as Paul Kean got an 8 round points win against Jay Byrne. As for news from the rest of the fights involving super middleweight Trigger Woods making his debut against Harry Mathews, middleweight Jordan Latimer being in against Jade Karam, super middleweight Tommy Philbin knocking off 7 months of ring rust by taking on Craig Nicholson and super featherweight Jordan McRory facing Luke Fash, reports are to follow.