Last weekend I fell foul of the Boxrec curse. This is when an announced fight on the boxing bible seems set but then “disappears” after. I expected last Saturday the 23rd of March in Canada the super welterweight IBF female title action between Marie Eve Dicaire and Lina Tejada. It disappeared… I shall keep an eye out…
In Kenya though the super bantamweight WBC female title action between Fatima Zarika and Catherine Phiri did take place and Zarika was the victor on points.
Meanwhile in the UK at the Copper Box, London Matchroom provided some great action as we saw the faultless debut of Shannon Courtenay against Cristina Busuioc with a good 4 rounds and a shut out win. Middleweight, Jason Quigley, was in against Mathias Eklund and clearly gave him no trouble as Quigley stopped him in 2 rounds.
Whilst Courtenay was faultless and Quigley untroubled, neither of these comments were levelled at the new super lightweight Lewis Ritson who laboured in his points win againstGerman Argentino Benitez. Benitez was no slouch and came to fight but Ritson has gone from golden boy to the guy with no gears and possibly no game plan – is a change required somewhere in his preparation? Is the new weight the wrong move? Watch his space.
Fireworks were in the air for the Commonwealth and British cruiserweight fight between Lawrence Okolie and Wadi Camacho; and it delivered. Okolie was able to stop Camacho in the 4th, regain the Commonwealth title and take the British. Next? The future’s bright, the future’s saucy…
The British light heavyweight title fight between Joshua Buatsi and Liam Conroy was another cracker with Buatsi getting the stoppage in 3 rounds. I was hoping for a longer fight for Buatsi as next up will be an international level contest and we have seen British boxers struggle at that, but you cannot complain about just how good Buatsi was.
The top of the bill for the WBC flyweight fight and first defence for Charlie Edwards against Angel Moreno was the cherry on top. A British elite fighter with a tremendous back story who deserves to be at that level – Edwards was more than mighty fine, he was imperious, and the next fight will see him start to take the other belts into his possession because he has the green and gold most wanted by most of the others. Tremendous things are expected, and you just feel that with Edwards they shall be delivered.
Up in Leicester Frank Warren gave us an equally impressive line up and programme with light heavyweight Tommy Fury in his second professional fight knocking out Maksims Ogurcovs in the first round! It may well be in his genes…
Light heavyweight Willy Hutchinson made light work of Daniel Borisov with a 4th round stoppage whilst the WBO European super lightweight fight between Sam Maxwell and Sabri Sediri, gave us the image of the weekend. Going into the final round, Maxwell was losing; had been down twice. It was not expected and Sediri was showboating. He was behaving very, very, badly but had 14 seconds to go when it happened. He had 14 seconds to survive and get out with an unexpected win; instead he got an unexpected right hand that landed flush. It knocked him right out. The cheers that went up from friends, family and the neutrals were heard all over the UK. It will be part of every boxing compilation for many years to come – it was heavenly.
The heavyweight return of Nathan Gorman up against late replacement Kevin Johnson saw Gorman get a decent 10 round fight in and a win on points. Whilst there may be unfavourable comparisons made with other fighters who have faced Johnson, he was a late replacement and Gorman got a decent competitive workout that may get his name off the radar for some but the experience might make him much more dangerous when he is noticed again and in the mix for British level and beyond fights.
The top of the bill was the British title action between Sam Bowen and Jordan McCrory. McCrory being the Scot was the one we rooted for but it was not to be and he was stopped in the 9th round of 12, with Bowen taking home the British belt.
Last night, Friday the 29th of March in Belfast the WBO European action between Conrad Cummings and Luke Keeler at middleweight ended with Keeler taking the title on points whilst the cruiserweight battle between Steve Collins Jr and Arturs Kulikauskis was a points win for Collins.