Last weekend, on Saturday the 30th of June we got some real fireworks throughout the world starting in Oklahoma where we got the super middleweight fight for the WBO belt between Gilberto Ramirez and Roamer Alexis Angulo in which Ramirez managed to win convincingly on points against an unbeaten fighter. With all sorts of rumours flying about regarding James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and the final of the World Boxing Super Series between George Groves and Callum Smith – might Ramirez emerge as someone likely to be part of a spanner thrown into the works? Unlikely but a future opponent of anyone wanting a title – more likely…
On the same evening, domestically, we were all glued to Belfast with Queensberry Promotions giving us a great night of boxing with plenty of talking points. We begin with super flyweight Sunny Edwards who beat Christian Narvaez on points.
We then got welterweights Lewis Benson and Johnny Coyle clashing and the Scot was unlucky to lose on points – I had him slightly ahead. It was also a first loss for super bantamweight Joe Ham against Tyrone McCullough for the Celtic belt and again I though Ham was very unlucky to lose.
The return to the ring of English welterweight and former world titlist Gary Corcoran was more certain as he managed a convincing win against Victor Ray Akrah with a 5th round stoppage.
Super lightweights Tyrone McKenna and Jack Catterall faced off with another tough ask for the home corner and it proved too much as Catterall showed his class in a points win that shook any ring rust off in advance of bigger fights. A useful reminder of how good Catterall is but also of how much he needs to be careful in his next fight
Jono Carrol and Declan Geraghty in for the IBF intercontinental super featherweight belt ended with Carrol getting the win by stoppage in the 9th round. Carroll can look forward to a bigger payday in 2018…
The massive fight for the night and top of the bill was the homecoming of one Michael Conlan against former world titlist, Adeilson Dos Santos. Conlan was fantastic but far from ready to step right up to the top of the profession It was an impressive performance from the former Olympian but showed that he can make the night and take on some of the best. There are areas he needs to work on and a move too fast would expose that. He needs contests like this to build him though it was an impressive performance with much more to come. The occasion was, however, worthy of a world title fight – Carl Frampton has the bar already raised, Belfast are raising the bar for both these guys by themselves.
On Saturday in Villa Park the return of super welterweight Sam Eggington saw him stop Peter Kramer for the IBO continental belt in the 4th round. A very worthwhile night for the Birmingham lad and bigger things shall follow.
In Colchester on the BIBA bill the WBF international super welterweight title went to Tommy Jacobs Godwin Cudjoe who replaced Bilal Mohammad and was stopped in the first round, by Jacobs, for the WBF title. Unfortunately, Cudjoe was over the weight limit and unable to take the belt and had taken the fight at one days notice – not ideal for anyone. The PBF international lightweight scrap between Iain Weaver and Emmanuel Addo was also scrapped but Weaver got a decent win against Michael Barnor in a second round stoppage. Both Mohammad and Addo were scuppered due to visa issues.