Last week we had some cracking action that may have been more small hall than massive headlines but the depth of the British boxing business right now was evident for all that attended throughout the UK.
We start on Saturday the 9th of February in Belfast where super featherweight James Tennyson got back in the ring and to winning ways with a 2nd round stoppage of the unbeaten Gary Neale. A serious statement of intent was made and now the rebuild has solid foundations.
On the same bill, lightweight Paul Hyland Jr managed a decent points win over Miroslav Serban and along with Tennyson, bigger opportunities in 2019 should be calling.
As for statements of intent there were not many bigger than in Indio, California wherethe super featherweight title fight between Alberto Machado and Andrew Cancio for the WBO belt ended with a shock win for the underdog Cancio. This was the debate for the night settled into by many and we can now see whether the after timers, as Steve Bunce likes to call them, can claim victory as they thought Machado was a certainty to successfully defend his title but they always “had their doubts”… Me? I was just shocked…
The super bantamweight bust up between Rey Vargas and Franklin Manzanilla for the WBC belt was equally exciting and ended with Vargas successfully keeping his crown.
Over in Carson, California, Gervonta Davis made the biggest statement of the night when he KO’ed former world champion Hugo Ruiz in the very first round. Davis may have battled the scales to get here but the battle in the ring was a much more straightforward fight and he is proving that the hype is not empty words…
Over in Fresno, on Sunday the 10th of February the super lightweight battle between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Jose Zepeda for the WBC crown saw Ramirez hold onto his belt by the slightest of margins – a majority decision. Fortunate to hold the belt aloft after the fight Ramirez will need to up his game if he ends the year still with the title.
Finally, last night, Friday the 15th of February in Minnesota the WBA middleweight battle between Rob Brant and Khasan Baysangurov, ended in the 11th with Brant managing to stop Baysangurov.