Last weekend was not a sparkling weekend of boxing. It has to be honestly admitted that, there will be times like this, when the action does not match the current expectations for the product.
It’s not great though and domestically at least, we did not get what the fans really wanted. With this weekend looking like the weekend to bury announcements, it looks like fans will still not get what they want but just a taste of what to expect… But more of that nonsense later…
First, we look abroad where there was, on Saturday the 25th of May, in Florida the super featherweight title fight between Masayuki Ito and Jamel Herring for the WBO belt. Herring, a US Marine Corps veteran stunned Ito and most of the pundits to take the title on points. Herring bamboozled his opponent and, in front of a whole load of veterans, made sure that the headlines were written in his favour.
In Maryland, on the same night, super lightweight Jessica McCaskill unified her division with a points win over Anahi Sanchez for the female WBC and WBA belts. It was a thrilling contest and one in which McCaskill had to dig deep, but the thrill is where she goes now as much as a champion.
The new Matchroom signing, lightweight Devin Haney had a dramatic seventh round knockout of Antonio Moran for the WBC international title. Haney was well touted and needed a performance; this was it. There’s a lot of excitement and buzz to back up the expectations…
We also got some excitement in the form of the heavyweights with Croatia’s Filip Hrgovic managing his 9th pro win in a first round knockout against Gregor Corbin and Michael Hunter got a 2nd round win against Fabio Maldonado. Both were credible opponents, so this looks like they were trying to light up a very driven and lit up division.
Also, that night in Manchester Hennessey Sports with Channel 5 brought a fairly insipid card though middleweight Savannah Marshall brutally stopped 70 fight veteran Borislava Goranova in the first and Hughie Fury managed a 2nd round knockout of Chris Norrad. It certainly didn’t sizzle or sparkle and given the way that things have been going in the heavyweight division this is one Fury rapidly being left behind.
The following night, Sunday the 26th of May in Fuzhou, China Can Xu beat Shun Kubo in his first defence of the WBA featherweight crown.
Finally, last night, Friday the 31st of May in Glasgow Alex Morrison brought welterweight late replacement Ally Black in to face Martin Harkin and it ended with a 4th round knockout for Harkin.
Scott McCormack got back to winning ways against Steven Maguire and Regan Glackin beat Chris Adaway on the undercard – both on points over 4 rounds.