It was a massive weekend of boxing last time around and the autumn is filled with similar weekends so my fingers are going to get very sore…
Let me begin in Scotland from Saturday, the 6th of October, and in Paisley. Sam Kynoch brought us super bantamweight Kirsten Fraser stopping her opponent, Rozman Silyanova in the 7th, a Celtic title win for Scott Allan on points against Gary Rae for the bantamweight belt and I am delighted for the man wearing his daughter’s name on his shorts. It’s been a long road for Allan and this is the icing on his cake – next up a trilogy fight with the British champion? Maybe not as Kash Farooq might be looking to move on but whatever it might be, grab the popcorn…
The lightweight Celtic title fight between Ryan Collins and Ahmed Ibrahim was won by Ibrahim but not making weight meant that he did not get the Scottish title.
There were also wins for Martin Harkin who saw his opponent, Chris Jenkinson retire in the 2nd, Callen McCauley on points against Angel Emilov, Jordan McCorry against Reynaldo Mora, Craig Morgan against Adam Hutchinson and Nathaniel Collins against Lee Connelly.
In Chicago the heavyweight showdown between Jarell Miller and Tomasz Adamek was a massive attraction for Matchroom and the statement was emphatic – a 2nd round knockout for Big Baby that puts him right in the spotlight and perhaps more of a contender than others have seen him as before?
The welterweight fight between Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme looked an absolute cracker and ended in a highly entertaining draw between two absolute warriors in the ring. Both of them ended up on their backsides in the final round as they must have known how close the fight was but it’s a great advert for the sport so maybe they tango again?
British hopes were dashed but not before they sprayed us with hope as the WBA super bantamweight title contest between Daniel Roman and Gavin McDonnell ended with a 10th round stoppage win for Roman. McDonnell was not really in the same league but managed to show flashes of great skill and boxing – it may not have been their time, but both twins are world level, elite fighters – another world title may be there for either one but they may need to hurry to get one as time is not on their sides.
The real shock we hoped for did not come in the fight between the former Scottish Commonwealth medalist Callum Johnson and Artur Berbetiev for the IBF light heavyweight title. It was almost a shock as Berbetiev ended up on the floor in the 2nd but an inability or a choice not to capitalise fully on that knockdown led to his own defeat and knockdown in the 4th round and the end, this time round, for Johnson’s world title hopes. He did himself plenty of favours in this contest and the hand has been sent across the water to invite him back to the USA as they loved what they saw of him.
In Kanagawa, the World Boxing Super Series was back with a monster performance from the monster himself, Naoya Inoue who defended his WBA bantamweight title against Juan Carlos Payano with one of the most devastating knockouts seen in a ring. He needed seconds to dispense with a highly regarded, highly experienced and highly fancied Payano. There is plenty of buzz around Inoue, plenty of evidence that the buzz is well worthy and the next fight he has should take him from stardom to mega stardom.
On the same bill, the WBA title fight between Kiryl Relikh, and Edouard Troyanovsky, another WBSS quarter final, saw Relikh march on with a points win against Troyanovsky.
At home in Leicester Frank Warren brought out heavyweight Daniel Dubois who showed some skill and got a very decent 10 rounds in against a very disappointing Kevin Johnson. Johnson came to spoil and for the ordinary fan, did just that. People expected a quick knockout, got a tactical fight and would have left shaking their heads wondering what all the fuss is about. The knowledgeable people are sitting thinking, Dubois got a decent 10 rounds and dropping some of the hype makes him a much more dangerous fighter than before – next stage could be a bigger fight, greater test and better spectacle.
The WBO European super featherweight fight between Leon Woodstock and Archie Sharp saw a win for Sharp on points whilst the super featherweight WBO intercontinental battle between Sam Bowen and Horacio Alfredo Cabal was a 4th round knockout for Bowen – a very decent fight and great result.
In the WBO title fight, in only her 5th professional contest, Nicola Adams beat Isabel Millan on points and took the interim world title. Millan was very tough and it took Adams a lot of time to find her rhythm and get shots off properly but she showed she had heart – never in doubt – and that she needs to sharpen up – we have to remember that it’s a fledging pro career we are looking at, not a double Olympic champion in an amateur ring.
I am not going to dwell on the “headline”. Davies was poor, Catterall struggled and it was really not worth the entrance fee. Jack Catterall beat a man who was even more disappointing than Kevin Johnson, Ohara Davies on points.