Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

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It was a tremendous week, right enough and it began with a bang in the US before it ended with quite an explosion at the end of the week – also in the US.

Last Saturday the 9th of March in MGM Las Vegas the WBC welterweight title fight between Shawn Porter and Yordenis Ugas ended with a split decision in favour of Porter which meant he retained his WBC welterweight title. He came through a hair cut and a cut over his eye as well as ending up on the floor in the last round but he still came out with the belt. Judging was once again though in the spotlight as the judge who scored it for Ugas had it by 117 to 111…

Over in Verona, New York the WBA light heavyweight title fight went to Dimitry Bivol over Joe Smith Jr in another points win. This time all three judges scored it the one way and did so widely. Smit was hardly a huge name and now Bivol is keen that he meet those who can add prestige to his record – there’s a British fighter who might be trying to catch his eye…

It was also a wide points win in the WBO super lightweight title fight between Maurice Hooker and Mikkel Les Pierre with Hooker managing to defend his belt. British intrest was peaked when Hooker called out Jack Catterall which after a near shut out against Les Pierre suggests this would be a tough ask for the Brit.

On the same bill, the return of Callum Johnson was an emphatic stoppage of Sean Monaghan in only 3 rounds. His future suddenly got VERY much brighter and his loss to Berbetiev is suddenly a milestone that proves he is a contender at that level. Bivol is in his sights, but is he, given his explosive stoppage, in his?

Over in Kortijk, Belgium the first part of an exciting world title unification fight in the female lightweight division was the WBC champion Delfine Persoon beating Melissa St Vil by stoppage in the 6th round.It wasnow downto Katie Taylor to make the next stage of the clash viable…

In Brentwood the WBC international silver contest at welterweight between Michael McKinson and Ryan Kelly saw McKinson win by unanimous decision whilst super welterweight Harley Benn was back and getting a points win over Geiboord Omier in front of a very proud brother, Connor.

Last night, Friday the 15th of March in Sheffield the Commonwealth super flyweight action between Tommy Frank and Luke Wilton ended with Frank stopping Wilton in the 4th round.

As it stands right now we are still waiting on the results being posted for the Radisson Blu, Glasgow andthe St Andrews Club with the Celtic title action at welterweight between Martin Harkin and Ally Black to be reported.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Matchroom brought us welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov v Silverio Ortiz in a fight that Yeleussinov managed to get through in 8 rounds whilst Luke Campbell got a fiery and fantastic fifth round win against a game Mexican and never stopped before, Adrian Young. Campbell is the WBC mandatory for Mikey Garcia and with Garcia fighting tonight there is a possibility he could move up, vacate the title afterwards, leaving Campbell in prime position to fight for the vacant title.

The IBF super featherweight title was then on the line between Tevin Farmer and Jono Carroll. Carroll was a massive underdog though Carroll managed to retain the title in thrilling fashion. It was only thrilling because Carroll brought the fight into the ring but was just short of managing to over power and beat Farmer. Carroll, despite being well behind, managed to show that he was not just game but a true warrior as he refused to buckle, giving the fans an amazing 12 rounds of highly charged boxing.

I mentioned earlier that there was one side of a future thriller in place – all that was needed was Katie Taylor. Taylor took the IBF, WBA, WBO lightweight titles as she stopped Rose Volante in the ninth round. Recordshave been set, expectations have been raised and another massive fight on the AJ/Miller undercard is on its way as Taylor should now face Delfine Persoon for her WBC title along with Taylor’s other 3 at MSG in June…

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