The eyes were right and left and even south a week ago, due to the fact that the domestic scene did not deliver belts and crowns but hearty decent fare around small halls in the UK. The focus on the meat and drink of the sport leaves the headlines for the rest of the fare that includes the baubles and the champagne.
One of those big fights in the USA was back in Madison Square Gardens – scene of one upset – but the headline act did not feel the force of lightening striking in the same place twice. After sizing him up over the first three rounds, Gennady Golovkin stopped Steve Rolls in the 4th with the devastating power we associate with him. Calling out Canelo straight afterwards, GGG was faced with a cheeky wee tweet coming back from Oscar De LaHoya suggesting GGG needs another fight – against better opposition – would secure a third fight against the Mexican. Both are DAZN fighters… it might take less than another warm up.
In Reno, the WBO featherweight battle between Mexico’s Oscar Valdez and American Jason Sanchez ended with a points win for the champion, Valdez.
Down south, in South Africa, Kevin Lerena and Vasil Ducar faced off for the IBO cruiserweight title and Lerena was supreme and dominant throughout though could not get Ducar out of there and had to settle with a points win.
The former European champion, Spanish super welterweight Kerman Lejarraga got back to winning ways with a 4th round stoppage for the WBC Latino belt fight against Luis Solis in Bilbao. Lejarraga will be looking beyond the Euros to a shot higher up the alphabetical food chain now…
Last night, Friday the 14th June in Cherbourg, Estelle Mossely manged to beat London based Lucy Wildheart for the IBO female lightweight title giving Wildheart her first loss in six whilst it as Mossely’s fifth win. It was decided on points over 10 rounds and Wildheart, though disappointed shall undoubtedly come again.