The biggest news item in boxing this last week has actually not been who will fight Anthony Joshua on the 1st June in Madison Square Gardens (SHOCK HORROR!!) but whether getting hit in the nuts is enough to make you “quit”. There is also the issue of whether Terence Crawford actually was accurate enough to hit Amir Khan squarely in his “Talking Baws” but the social media circus around the ending to the fight has been an interesting watch.
Unfortunately for Khan the records shall show that on Saturday the 20th of April in Madison Square Gardens, welterweight Amir Khan lost by TKO to Terence Crawford for the WBO title. Khan was in so much pain after being hit by a low blow that he and his trainer in the corner, Virgil Hunter, decided he was in too much pain to continue. There are a lot of things around this withdrawal that are being debated and do not quite ring true. I am with Sky commentator, ranter and writer, Andy Clarke who has stated that, as he is not an ex boxer, he cannot claim Khan quit but we can comment on the aftermath and how things looked – not good is the precise comment that can be made. Will Khan fight on? Probably. Will he face Brook? Probably. Will we all watch? Probably. Will it be worth it …?
Also, in the USA in Carson the welterweight action between Danny Garcia and Adrian Granados for the WBC silver belt saw Garcia turn in a masterful performance that saw many, including Bob Arum, suggest a match up between Garcia and the aforementioned Crawford. That would be mouth watering, and mouth watering it would certainly be… Garcia dropped Granados three times before stopping him in the 7th round.
In the 02, London Matchroom were back with a full card that promised much and delivered. Bantamweight Shannon Courtenay, got another win against a frustrating opponent in Roz Mari Silyanova but it is all learning at this stage.
The exciting welterweight that is Connor Benn showed against Josef Zahradnik that he is learning and getting better with a points win that was not explosive but impressive in his progression.
The first big boy battles between heavyweight Derrick Chisora and Senad Gashi was dreadful. Chisora won on points but Gashi was running more than fighting; perhaps he thought it was a London Marathon training event…
Welterweight Josh Kelly was in against another frustrating opponent in Przemyslaw Runowjki for the WBA international strap. Where Gashi was a pain because he wouldn’t fight, Runowjki was a pain because he wouldn’t give in. it was a great fight for Kelly though, and he learned a lot. When we learned he had hurt his hand early in the contest it made sense that he was unable to get Runowjki out of there but all credit to the tough Runowjki, I would love to see him back and fighting again he deserved another payday after that performance.
The British lightweight title is fight between Joe Cordina and Andy Townend gave us ourfirst explosive fight where Cordina stopped Townend in the 6th.
It was a decent aperitif for the main event where Dave Allen landed a sweet body shot on Lucas Browne in the 3rd that floored Browne and took Allen up another rung on his ladder. Who next? I would fancy an international name rather than a domestic one, but David Price looks the most likely – announcement imminent apparently.
Later on, in the week, and live on BBC Scotland – they need someone commentating on the boxing who knows boxing alongside Alex Arthur – on Thursday the 25th of April at the Radisson Blu, Glasgow the British bantamweight title fight between Ukashir Farooq and Kyle Williams at the St Andrews Club ended with Farooq stopping Williams brutally, as expected, in the 5th round. We also got Nathanial Collins getting a 6 round points win against Jose Hernandez and a 2nd round stoppage win for Boris Crighton against Gennadi Stserbin.
On the same night and in York Hall super lightweight Chantelle Cameron stopped Feriche Mashauri. Cameron in the 2nd round – she is looking for belts next!
Last night, Friday the 26th of April in Inglewood the massive super flyweight action for the WBC belt between Wisaksil Wangek, alias Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC title ended with a points shock win for Estrada. I was well out in my prediction, as were many. Estrada got his revenge and what is next is likely to be the best fighting the best… in boxing – who knew that might be possible…