Last weekend saw the return of the World Boxing Super Series and on Saturday the 27th of April in Louisiana the WBO and WBAbantamweight title was on the line between Nonito Donaire and the late replacement for Zolani Tete, Stephon Young. It was the first bantamweight semi-final of the competition and Young was schooled in defeat. Donaire who has faced Ryan Burnett – retired with an injury, avoided facing Tete – pulled out with an injury and beat Stephon Young – a late replacement for the far more dangerous Donaire has made it – not surprisingly to the final. Of course, nothing should take away from his skill in getting there but the final is likely to see if his luck will hold or run out as he will face possibly the most dangerous pound for pound fighter in the world…
In the other WBSS semi-final Regis Prograis made no mistake in dominating Kiryl Relikh, dropping him in the first before stopping him in the sixth. The super lightweight WBA and WBC Diamond titles are now his and Ivan Baranchyk or Josh Taylor shall be waiting him in the final.
On the same evening, in Wembley, Queensberry Promotions with Frank Warren returned with heavyweight main event Daniel Dubois up against Richard Lartey. It was an entertaining fight while it lasted and Lartey asked a few questions but Dubois, at only 21 years of age, let us remember, answered with skill. It was all over in the 4th after a technical count out and Lartey’s big claims ended with a less than impressive whimper.
Also on the bill super lightweight Jack Catterall knocked out Miroslav Serban in the third, super flyweight Sunny Edwards stopped Pedro Matus in the 8th comfortably whilst the WBO international and Commonwealth super middleweight title fight between Lerrone Richards and Tommy Langford was much more of a battle and with some snazzy shorts in either corner that ended with a points win for Richards.
We also had in Oldham super featherweight Zelfa Barrett stopping Edwin Tellez in the second round.
Last night, Friday the 3rd of May in Newcastle we had the WBO European title fight between Tyron McCullagh and Alvaro Rodriguez in amongst a decent fight bill and McCullagh managed the win on points.