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Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

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FLASH BACK

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Last weekend it was across the pond that our attention was mainly focussed and at Madison Square Gardens, New York, on Saturday of 8th December the WBA/WBO title fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza showed us that Lomachenko may have chinks in his armour. Lomachenko won the fight and did so as comfortably as perhaps he was allowed to. He showed unbelievable skill and industry in the 11th round where he floored Pedraza – a study for any boxing historian or future world champion – but Pedraza made it a tough fight for him. The score cards were wide but the victory, after shoulder surgery for Lomachenko, was his first unification fight and the first time for a while that we saw him struggle at times to contain his opponent; all credit to Pedraza who came away with an enhanced reputation. Anthony Crolla might fancy this a little bit more now…

Is the Lomachenko fight was a bit of a surprise it was heartbreak all the way in the super bantamweight title fight between Isaac Dogboe and Emanuel Navarrete for the WBO belt. With noises now coming out of Dogboe’s camp that all might not have been well leading up to this fight, the loss on his record will hurt more knowing that his world crown has gone with it. Navarrete used his height and reach to seize the title and the London based Ghanaian will now have to think again.

In Carson, Texas we the incredible female unification fights saw welterweight Cecilia Braekhaus beat Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes to retain the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC and WBO belts. Braekhaus moves to 35 and 0.

The middleweight battle between Claressa Shields and Femke Hermans for the IBF, WBA and WBC belts saw Shields also win on points, moving to a less impressive tally and belt score as she only had 3 titles and is now 9-0; what a couple of really great fights they were. We don’t have anyone close to Braekhaus in her category – who is – and Shields has already beaten the one UK based boxer in the middleweight division – Hannah Rankin – so these two will be unfazed by the UK boxing scene though riches could be made if they had someone who could move up or move down to face them over here…

Domestically we were in Sheffield with Matchroom last Saturday where featherweight Kid Galahad, won very convincingly against Baraya Mairena which sets him up nicely for 2019 – talk of world titles now.

The super bantamweight contest between Qais Ashfaq and Jay Carney ended in the 5th round as Ashfaq stopped him and again bigger fights are being touted.

Super welterweight Josh Kelly had to withdraw with a virus in his clash with former world titlist David Avanesyan, for the WBA international belt. There have been lot of rumours about why Kelly withdrew but he will face Avanesyan in the New Year so we shall see if it was a fight he suddenly didn’t fancy…

The highly entertaining IBF final eliminator became a highly entertaining draw between super featherweights Jono Carroll and Guillamme Frenois. Neither side went away from the ring happy but it was the right decision.

The top of the bill clash was highly disappointing as a flat and under par super welterweight Kell Brook beat Michael Zerefa very comfortably on points. This was a WBA eliminator and Brook has a world title in his sights – or Amir Khan. He can get another world title belt around his waist or face Amir Khan. It’s a title that would really cement a legacy, but he could also face Amir Khan. Wonder which fight he wants more…

Last night, Friday the 14th of December in York Hall the IBF European welterweight title went to Larry Ekundayo who outpointed Louis Greene whilst the super lightweight IBF European title saw Darragh Foley lose on points to Akeen Ennis Brown. On the same card, middleweight Danny Dignum knocked out Alistair Warren in the 3rd round.

Also in Switzerland last night, Scottish boxer Jordy McCorry travelled in pursuit of the WBO European super featherweight title but ended up losing on points to Patrick Kinigamazi.

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