Last weekend we had some cracking action with Bayern, Germany and the EBU super middleweight scrap between Robin Krasniqi and Stanislav Kashtanov being the appetiser. I had thought it might be the tail end for Krasniqi but discovered it is likely to be the beginning of another chapter as he won the title in a points win.
It set up the feast for the midweek as the Next Gen show from Matchroom and live on Sky continued the theme of upsets, shocks and excitement. Firstly, light heavyweight Craig Richards, went in against Bosko Misic and with a thundering left hook in the 3rd round stopped the fight. Middleweight Felix Cash returned and beat Francis Tchoffo, winning every round and the very exciting welterweight, Daniyar Yeleuinov, continued his ascendancy with a comfortable points win against Zoltan Szabo.
The WBA international fight between super welterweights Ted Cheeseman and Paul Upton, saw it all cheese with Cheeseman managing a win by way of a 4th round stoppage. Next must be bigger platforms for a fighter who does all that is asked of him and keeps beating all in his pathway.
The Commonwealth featherweight clash between Reece Bellotti and Ryan Doyle was supposed to show Bellotti, who headlined the very first Next Gen show, as the star of the night. Unfortunately, Bellotti had pronounced himself as the fighter of the night and then forgot the script as he was stopped by Doyle in the 4th round! It was, for some, controversial, but for others the right decision from the referee and Bellotti has now lost his unbeaten tag, but has he lost his momentum?
Finally, the WBA continental and Commonwealth clash between Luke Watkins and Lawrence Okolie was very exciting though it only managed to last to the 3rd round as Okolie kept on showing what he is made off with a stunning stoppage. He is ready now to move on and move up and there is nothing less than exciting in his future now.
So, two new Commonwealth champions, one you could have predicted and one you might not have imagined – another barnstormer of a night from future stars of the sport.
In Glasgow, during the week on Thursday the 7th of June the St Andrew’s Club also gave us some great action, I am told, though I do know that bantamweight Scott Allan got back to winning ways with a points win against highly experienced Johnson Tellez – next up is a title fight with Jamie Wilson. Jamie Wilson also fought on Thursday against Jose Hernandez and am awaiting official confirmation of that result as I as I am for the great match up between Youssef Al Hamidi and Fonz Alexander which completed the bill.