Last weekend was one with plenty of talking points and drama. It was certainly a heavyweight evening at the 02, London, where heavyweight Fabio Wardley showedtrue skill in beating Mariano Ruben Diaz Strunz by stoppage in the 6th round.
Derrick Chisora then took up the cudgels and blasted a former world title challenger, in Artur Szpilka out in 2 rounds. Next up is Joseph Parker and if twitter is to be believed then that fight is ON!
David Allen then showed a brave face that was pummelled by David Price to the point where he ended up with a very badly scarred face. Stopped in the 9th round it now looks like his career has also come to an end. It has been an entertaining ride for us all and I hope he stays around for a while yet. He has though been in some real tough fights.
We finished the night with Dillian Whyte who got up off the canvass to beat Oscar Rivas by unanimous verdict. He is next up for the winner of Fury/Wilder and whenever that happens, we are looking at a fantastic contest… BUT … then news broke and theories got aired. The facts are very sketchy and it would appear that Whyte may have failed a drugs test on the way to the fight, he got cleared and then got in the ring and beat Rivas. This has some lengths to go and there is nothing that can be said until a fat lady is at least warming up unless you want sued. I hope that we have a clean fighter and we can look forward to him going on as this was a great fight and Whyte has fought anyone that would step up.
On the same bill we had a cruiserweight contest between Richard Riakporhe and Chris Billam-Smith with a very good fight that ended in a split decision win for Riakporhe. Riakporhe’s rise has been impressive and Billam-Smith looked like he might have been able to disrupt it but the judges thought otherwise.
Also, at cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie took out Mariano Angel Gudino for the WBA continental title in the 7th round.
On the same night and in Brentwood, super lightweight Harlem Eubank couldn’t quite stop Michael Isaac Carrero though he had him down twice in the 6th round, taking a points win. Lightweight Thomas Patrick Ward beat Brayan Mariena on points over 8 rounds whilst the WBO European title was decided between Michael McKinson and Evgeny Pavko with a 10 round decision going to McKinson.
Lightweight Chantelle Cameron got her hands on the WBC silver female belt against Anista Basheel with a 10 round points win that should propel her further up the options for other champions.
Meanwhile over in York Hall, super lightweight Cherelle Brown beat Kirstie Bavington for the WBC international crown on points.
In Las Vegas the double world title bill saw super middleweight Caleb Plant school Mike Lee to retain his IBF belt thanks to a third round stoppage. It was not a competitive affair and coming down in weight had either drained his body or his mind as Lee complained about the stoppage; none of the rest of us did.
Manny Pacquiao was back with Freddie Roach and back to being a world champion as he managed to take the WBA super welterweight title from Keith Thurman in a split decision on points over 12 rounds. There are a lot of things about the fight that seem odd to some people – many seems to be improving with age and not necessarily showing the effects of Old Father Time – it’s a conundrum and some are pointing, perhaps unfairly, to more than gym membership…
The super welterweight fight in Marseille saw Michael Soro stop Magomed Kurbanov in the 5th roundfor the WBA crown whilst in Moscow, on Monday the 22nd of July the WBA continental title at super middleweight went to Fedor Chudinov as he stopped Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna in the 10th round.