It would appear that miracles in a sporting sense may be reserved for football…
Last Saturday the 4th of May in Las Vegas the IBF, WBA and the WBC middleweight belts which were on the line between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Danny Jacobs ended with the Miracle Man, Jacobs going home empty handed. By no means a massively entertaining fight, as this seemed to take 6 rounds for Jacobs to start but by then he was always chasing. Canelo managed to push through and deservedly got the win – but only just. Does this give others, namely Callum Smith a hope? Absolutely though others may have first call on Smith… But first Demetrius Andrade would be the man wanted to make Canelo the undisputed middleweight king…
On the undercard John Ryder stopped Bilal Akkawy for the interim WBA super middleweight belt with a third round knockout. As a super middleweight it makes him the more likely to challenge Callum Smith and he is still the number 1 contender for Smith so this makes him look most likely to be Smith’s next opponent rather than Canelo; Ryder wants Smith, plain and simple.
In California there was IBF super flyweight action between Jerwin Ancajas and Ryuichi Funai whichended withAncajas stopping Funai in the 7th round. Artur Berbetiev also retained his IBF title at light heavyweight with a 5th round knockout of Radivoje Kalajdzic.
I did have, thanks to the Boxrec curse, in the city of Kinshasa notification of the WBC silver cruiserweight fight between former Tony Bellew opponent, Ilunga Makabu and former Prize fighter contestant Mike Perez; itisnow on the 8th of June…
At home in Manchester we had Marc Leach up against Brett Fidoe for the English bantamweight title. Fidoe got to the end of the fight but lost on points whilst featherweight Qais Ashfaq stopped Stefan Sashev in the first round.
In Aberdeen Kynoch boxing brought lightweight Andrew Smart who got a win on points against Gary McGuire. Debutants super welterweight Corey McCulloch beat Jordan Grannum and Callum Stuart beat Casey Blair, both on points.
The super bantamweight action between Billy Stuart and Dylan McDonagh saw Stuart take the BUI Celtic title on points and welterweight Dean Sutherland beat Keane McMahon for the BUI Celtic title on points too; all points, were pointed north then.
Action returned to us last night, Friday the 10th of May with the NXTGEN show from Matchroom in Nottingham with quite a few surprises and talking points as Stephen Smith made an appearance and got a points win over Des Newton, putting to bed months of injury worry after his horrendous ear injury – he nearly lost one in a fight…
Heavyweight Fabio Wardley beat and stopped Dennis Lewandowski in 3 rounds and Lewandowski was in s hocking condition… Shocking.
Super bantamweight Atif Shafiq took a points win against Arturo Lopez whilst the WBC international female lightweight contest between Terri Harper and Claudia Andrea Lopez saw Harper stop her highly experienced opponent in 6 rounds.
Featherweight Leigh Wood also got a stoppage against Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth title with a brutal finish in the 10th round and as I suspected, this was a great fight to witness.
The WBA international featherweight clash between Jordan Gill and Enrique Tinoco ended with trainer Dave Coldwell pulling Gill out in the 10th round, having hit the canvass too regularly. This was a major disappointment for Gill and whilst he is being backed to return stronger and better, this is yet another step up to the plate British failure – should we be looking at how we are expecting and progressing these young pups?