Once again, a boxing bill in the UK gave its all as we got heartache, fast and furious hands and the talking points all wrapped into one night in Birmingham.
Last Saturday the 8th of September was certainly a night to remember as super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq stopped Gary Austin in the 1st round, lightweight Lewis Ritson outclassed and stopped Oscar Amador in the 3rd – long night for him then – and, super bantamweight Gamal Yafai, got a 7th round stoppage against Brayan Mairena. All good so far…
The excitement that comes with mercurial super welterweight Sam Eggington continued as he got stopped in only the second round against Hassan Mwakinyo. Eggington did not look well and this was both a shock and part of the twisted and turning story that is The Savage. Mwakinyo fancifully called out Kell Brook at the side of the ring afterwards but there was no way Brook was going to entertain any of that nonsense – he was hoping for some of his own to come!
The super welterweight fight between Scott Fitzgerald and Craig Morris, was an absolute barnstormer and over the 10 rounds it was Fitzgerald who stopped a very game Morris in the final and 10th round.
The British middleweight title fight between Jason Welborn and Tommy Langford was equally close and Welborn got his second win against Langford, leaving the former WBO world titlist Langford lacking his revenge. Langford was very keen on a third fight, Welborn is on his way to bigger things and wants to move on.
The top of the bill saw the return of Amir “King” Khan with an eventful points win over Samuel Vargas. It was edge of the seats stuff as Khan hit the deck, Vargas hit the deck and Khan registered an almost full shut out on points. Khan wants Pacquiao, Brook wants Khan, the public wants a domestic dust up. We shall likely get something in between. For me the legacy is what drives Khan for Pacquiao as the cash that comes with a Brook fight will sound less impressive round the fireside than taking on an eight weight legend.
Overnight in New York, Danny Garcia lost out on points to Shawn Porter who was a deserved winner of the WBC welterweight crown
Later in the week, on Friday the 14th of September in Glasgow Sam Kynoch brought us lightweight Barry McCrorie on his debut in a win against Ricky Ross on points over 4 rounds as well as fellow debutant lightweight, Sam McKiddie getting a 4 rounds points win up against Andy Harris, also over 4 rounds. The Scottish title action between Paul Kean and Stefan Sanderson for the super welterweight belt ended with the shock of a Sanderson win – once again on points over 10 rounds!
In California meanwhile the WBC super lightweight title, I hear was decided between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Antonio Orozco with a points win for Ramirez in a contender for fight of the year apparently…