The last week has been a welcome return to UK boxing with Peterborough, the Albert Hall and a dust up outside of the ring at Trump Turnberry getting the headlines.
Last Saturday, the 2nd of March in Peterborough super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq took on Fadhili Majiha in a keep busy contest which ended in a points win for Ashfaq. Wethen hadlight heavyweight Anthony Sims Jr back facing Mateo Damian Veron where he stopped Veron in the 6th. Sims looks relaxed, confident and really loving the UK crowd and we can expect bigger things from him going forward, I am sure.
The WBA international cruiserweight fight between Richard Riakporhe and Tommy McCarthy ended withRiakporhe triumphing in a 4th round stoppage. Riakporhe has really announced himself domestically and there are some cracking fights for 2019 in the wings. The Commonwealth featherweight title action between Leigh Wood and Abraham Osei Bonsu was over in the 2nd as Wood took the belt and our attention.
The headline WBA international featherweight contest between Jordan Gill and Emmanuel Dominguez promised so much and Gill certainly delivered. It was over in the 3rd and Gill, a prospect, is now a contender surely – for what Eddie Hearn will resolve fairly swiftly, I imagine.
In Turnberry, on the same nightKynoch boxing brought some fascinating action in the ring whilst a couple of chancers brought the police down the coast in the early hours. This might jeopardise the future of boxing at that venue OR it might, given who owns it, make it even more attractive…
What it wasn’t, was dull.
Super middleweight Trigger Woods was in against Victor Edagha and got a points win over 6 rounds as did super welterweight Dean Sutherland who took on Ryan Toms.
The inspirational match making which was the heavyweight fight between Lucas Browne and the very decent boxer, Kamil Sokolowski, nearly provided all the headlines. Browne was there to promote and warm up with a contest that would get him ready to fight Dave Allen. He won the fight after getting felled though many think he lost it and Sokolowski was hard done by. Had Browne lost to Sokolowski, the contest with Allen could have been off but as it stands, he looks very poor and Allen is now a heavy, heavy favourite.
The three title fights were decent contests and the Celtic title at super welterweight went to Jay Byrne who got a majority decision win over Stefan Sanderson, Paul Kean stopped and retired Craig Kelly at super welterweight for the Scottish title whilst Marek Laskowski was stopped by the local lad Calvin McCord for the Scottish lightweight belt in the 8th round.
Kynoch gives us another decent night of fighting at their event though the clowns who thought they were hard men after the fights could do with getting a ring and getting rid of their anger and frustrations.
World title action was all the way over in New York where super welterweight Brian Carlos Castano facedand drew with Erislandy Lara in the WBA super welterweight contest. Castano keeps the belt though Lara kept our respect, despite the fact that he was not the Lara of old. Perhaps there may be thoughts of another go at a world title for him in 2019? Castano was the younger and certainly the fresher of the two and his future looks more settled with another defence likely soon.
Over in Magdeburg the EBU heavyweight title action between Agit Kabayel and Andriy Rudenko ended with Kabayel taking it on points after sending Rudenko to the floor in the 6th.
It leaves us with last night and in Barnsley lightweight Terri Harper stopped Nina Bradley for the WBC international female title in the 10th round whilst super bantamweight Josh Wale lost to Brad Foster for the British title on points.
Frank Warren was also in the Royal Albert Hall last nightwitha feast that included a few beasts. Heavyweight Daniel Dubois took only 2 rounds to take the WBO European title against former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu. It was a highly impressive performance but not the most impressive of the night.
The welterweight British title action between Jonny Garton and Chris Jenkins ended with a win for Jenkins in a very good showing but it was not the most impressive of the night.
The British title fight at middleweight between Liam Williams and Joe Mullender ended with a brutal knockout where the referee let the fight go on for a few seconds too long and Williams managed to take the title. It was still not the most impressive of the night.
The headline act, the WBO international light heavyweight fight between Anthony Yarde and Travis Reeves ended in the 5th round with Yarde producing the most impressive win of the night as befits the top of the bill. This was highly destructive and Yarde is beginning to show why people think so highly of him. There is an appetite for much more of him and I hope to see him back out a couple of times in 2019, hoovering up the domestic scene or getting closer to world honours, know what I mean Frank?