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Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror – All Super and Ultimate…

Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror – All Super and Ultimate…

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FLASH BACK

Last weekend was a cracking weekend of boxing that managed to keep away the thoughts of winter bleakness and give us some excellent contests over which much has been written and much more shall be said.

If we begin at home we can start at Colne, where super middleweight Luke Blackledge lost to Anthony Fox on points whilst at Newport, super bantamweight Ashley Lane beat Ricky Leach and Andrew Selby got a low-key return to the ring in a stoppage of Adam Yahaya.

The major domestic event for the weekend though, was at the Copper Box Arena, in London, and Matchroom returned with a tremendous line up. Great bill are not always a guarantee of great entertainment but Matchroom did deliver as light heavyweight Craig Richards took Michal Ludwiczak out in 2 rounds and featherweight Reece Bellotti got a points win against Brayan Mairena.

The WBC international title fight at middleweight between Felix Cash and Stephen Danyo saw Cash take the points win whilst the cruiserweight battle between Isaac Chamberlain and Luke Watkins saw Chamberlain need a 12th round knockdown to beat Watkins. Many of us were left scratching our heads a little over the score cards but Watkin did deserve a lot of credit for his performance.

Then we got a very real grudge match which became a lesson in how to beat a guy and show you have what it takes as the British super welterweight title went to Ted Cheeseman who was skilled and imperious against Asinia Byfield. We needed a show and Cheeseman gave us it – still think he looks like Spud from Trainspotting…

The Commonwealth featherweight title fight between Ryan Doyle and Jordan Gill was a cracking fight and we saw why it is that Gill is well fancied to do something in this division and on stages like this.

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The WBA title eliminator at super middleweight between John Ryder and Andrey Sirotkin saw Ryder win by stoppage in the 7th round. It gets him in line for a shot at Callum Smith and deservedly so. Smith though is certainly a level above but the story of Ryder’s rebuilding and climbing to where he is now is worthy of any platform that has a world title on the line; his boxing also proved he is worthy of stepping up. I would just target another belt though if this is the pathway chosen and available…

It was heartache and joy in Sofia, Bulgaria as middleweight Savannah Marshall beat a tough and game Yanino Orozco on points for the vacant WBA intercontinental title. Marshall will be hoping for closer to home and bigger paydays in the very near future.

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The IBF heavyweight eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Hughie Fury brought a lot of discussion and much to debate. Fury went into the fight with a cut. The cut opened, his game plan went out the window and he fell short. Pulev did not look like a man who would cause any serious heavyweight problems and it became a tactical affair that was not great entertainment.

Fury did prove that he has heart and can box but he also proved that he is not a box office fighter. Should he get another world title chance there will not be queue to buy tickets  but he may be the one who manages to, given he is very young, stay in the division for some time and give us some headlines in the future. What he may need though is a serious plan B…

The heartache for European fighters continued overnight as we went into the small hours in the States and the World Boxing Super Series saw the two super lightweight quarter finals in New Orleans with serious loses for both European fighters. The Ivan Baranchyk/Anthony Yigit quarter final ended with Yigit sporting a massive left eye and he was well beaten whilst in the other quarter final between Regis Prograis and Terry Flanagan, Flanagan was similarly well beaten leaving him – and us – unsure of what comes next.

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Meanwhile at Madison Square Gardens, Heather Hardy beat Shelly Vincent on points for the vacant WBO title, the WBA super featherweight fight between Alberto Machado and Yuandale Evans ended in the first round as Machado stopped Evan brutally whilst top of the bill Danny Jacobs beat his gym mate and buddy Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF title on points. Jacob wants Canelo and on thsi form might get him and beat him…

Last night at the 02 in London we had a massive second night of the Ultimate Boxxer where the winner, Shakan Pitters announced himself on the stage as a serious prospect. The Spike TV deal and sponsorship might be what is holding this tournament up as the seats were conspicuously empty around the hall and gathered together to make the event less dependent upon visible faces…

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