Last weekend, on Saturday the 22nd of June in Cantabria, Spain the EBU super welterweight title fight between Sergio Garcia and Siarhei Rabchanka saw Garcia successfully defend his belt on a unanimous decision with wide enough margins to suggest this belt will stay in his possession for a while… unless he moves on…
The night, however belonged to Glasgow where featherweight Craig Morgan did indeed deal with Elvis Guillen on points over 4 rounds and bantamweight Jack Turner did also do a similar job on Misael Zeledon on points.
Welterweight Craig MacIntyre destroyed Chris Adaway in the 3rd round and continued to show his prowess and abilities, his draw against Henry Janes beginning to fade as a blip. Flyweight Reece McFadden got a decent outing with a points win over 6 rounds against Joel Sanchez in what was another home win. Super lightweight Lewis Benson got the decision over Renald Garrido in a decent fight.
The return to action of super welterweight Kieran “Chopper” Smith saw him come through a tough night in his defence of his WBC international title against Ivan Montero. This was a wily fight and one that Smith was in command of for spells and got a deserved win. Next will be decided by his team, Smith doesn’t call people out and never has so he will wait for what is next and continue, I am sure, to make more than decent progress towards a bigger title.
What did sparkle after all the needle was the Commonwealth bantamweight title fight between Scott Allan and Lee McGregor. MacGregor won in the 8th round by stoppage by having taken command earlier in the fight but there was plenty of evidence that Allan had weathered the storm and was now ready to push on, McGregor, in my opinion was tiring. I am an Allan fan so perhaps I had rose tinted specs on, but many believe the stoppage was premature. Next for McGregor has to be the all Scottish clash for the British title with Kash Farooq who was ringside.
In Clacton on Sea BIBA on the same evening the night collapsed not farce as the WBU, WBF and PBC title at super middleweight between Tommy Jacobs and Nathan Decastro was declared a no contest after the top rope broke. It was a very frustrating night and there is an enquiry ongoing but it does not read well.
Last night, Friday the 28th of June in York Hall we had some decent action with super lightweight Siar Ozgul losing on points to Anthony Yigit with Yigit needing the rounds but looking sluggish, and super lightweight Ohara Davies also having a very lacklustre performance in against Migual Vazquez. Davies was injured at some point in the middle rounds and was immediately whisked away by the medical team, but he knew, as did we all that the decision was one that he as very fortunate to get. Many thought he had lost and when it was announced he had the decency to shake his head and show his disapproval.
The headline act was the British title fight between Ryan Walsh and Lewis Paulin at featherweight. Edinburgh fighter, Paulin showed great heart and mettle against the veteran British champion and the split decision win for the champ was probably a fair reflection of how much Paulin had contributed on the night. It was a very good scrap, highly competitive and the Scot will come again as we can see true potential in him; it just was not his night. For Walsh – another pop at the Commonwealth or European belts might be next. I hope so as this was his 6th British title defence and he could do with moving up.
Finally, the bareknuckle fight between Pauli Malignaggi and Artem Lobov was won by Lobov as Malignaggi’s hands were a mess, his face after the fight when the result was announced a picture and the retirement from combat sports, inevitable.