In the midst of the lull of the season ending and the new one about to begin we got a fantastic night last weekend in Windsor Park, Belfast where Frank Warren did give what we want with a huge night of boxing that delivered.
Middleweight Conrad Cummings got a useful 6 rounds point victory against Nicky Jenman whilst cruiserweight Steve Collins Jr got an 8 round point win against Steven Ward. Middleweight Luke Keeler did appear and get an 8 round points win up against Dwain Grant.
The next 3 fights, as they were always going to do, defined the night.
Heavyweight Tyson Fury beat Francesco Pianeta with some ease over 10 rounds. Deontay Wilder got in the ring and it was announced that the two would fight. Much hype then followed and talking before Monday and there was radio silence – maybe negotiations are not as straight forward as they thought they were going to be…
Did Fury look ready for a Wilder fight? No.
Did he look better than he did before? Yes.
Is this the wrong fight to take? Possibly.
Should he not have taken it? No.
Are we ready for this? Oh yes.
Will it happen…. They say it will.
If it does not, then we shall be as disappointed as flyweight Paddy Barnes who was floored with an unbelievable body shot in the 4th round by Cristopher Rosales in his fight the WBC title. Rosales was something else and the level at which he has shown himself is the level that anyone going for their first world title in only their 6th professional fight should be showing; Barnes was simply not there. Barnes is just at the beginning of his professional career and WILL come again and is likely to get a world title. Much was made of him not being the same size as Rosales and how Rosales looked massive and perhaps Barnes did not make the head move from the amateurs to the professionals in bulking up between the weigh in and the fight; the next few steps he takes shall show us.
The top of the bill clash for the interim WBO featherweight title between Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson was a massive appearance and dream for Frampton and boy did he deliver. A 9th round stoppage in a fight where he dominated and looked better than ever before. This was what we and Frampton needed and next could be many things – the Warrington fight is the one we all want to see – but there are other avenues that should be pursued before it in another stadium for the summer of 2019…
Last night meanwhile in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow that full night of boxing saw welterweight Aidan McGlynn managed a point win against Taka Bembere.
There was also the David Oliver Joyce stoppage of Arturo Lopez, Stephen Tiffney got a first round stoppage against Johnson Tellez and Willy Hutchinson made a 3 round appearance to get rid of Taha Mirhosseini. Middleweight Trigger Wood got a 4 rounds points win against Darryl Sharp, super middleweight Kieran Smith won on points against Miguel Aguilar over 6 rounds, and the other super middleweight David Brophy got a 5th round stoppage against Norbert Szekeres.
Finally lghtweight Stephen Ormond got a 10 round points win up against George Ashie whilst super lightweight Chris Jenkins and Darragh Foley ended on a draw after only 3 rounds.