Last weekend, starting on Saturday the 27th of July 2019 the Ardeer BIBA bill had the PBC world middleweight fight with George McIlroy against Daniel Lartey slated. I wasn’t there and thereand there are no reports online… Like Sam Kynoch’s bill at York Hall it appears to have disappeared…
Meanwhile in Texas, super lightweight Jose Carlos Ramirez stopped Maurice Hooker in a unification fight for the WBC and WBO titles in the 6th round. Whilst hugely impressive as they were both outside of the World Boxing Super Series, the other major players in the division are not completely impressed Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor await a date, Ramirez may be awaiting their destiny.
The IBF title at super featherweight was also decided between Tevin Farmer and Guillaume Frenois with Farmer taking a unanimous decision win. It was Farmer’s fourth successful defence of his title.
In Baltimore the super featherweight contest between Gervonta Davis and Ricardo Nunez for the WBA super title never got to the end of the second round. Davis managed to have the contest stopped with nearly a minute and a half remaining of the second round; Davis looked fierce.
Last night, Friday the 2nd of August in Liverpool the domestic Matchroom night followed with Eddie Hearn shaking his head outside the ring as he was tackled over the WBC/ Whyte dynamic and nodded sagely with what was inside the ring went according to some kind of plan; mostly!
Super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq got him off to a good start witha decent 6 round win against Sean Davis.
Super lightweights Robbie Davies Jr and Lewis Ritson both got wins and the rivalry spilled over as they took verbal swipes after each of them got their wins in 3 rounds. This looks a really tasty fight between them and both had plenty to say about the other afterwards. Ritson stopped Marek Jedrejewski whilst Davies Jr stopped Michal Dufek. Hearn can see the value of a domestic fight for each of them, Ritson is keen and Davies Jr is looking up and on rather than down and in… according to Davies Jr!
It was a real test and a real lesson for bantamweight Sean McGoldrick who lost on points against Thomas Essomba. Essomba is a very decent fighter despite 5 losses on his record and he showed he could still mix it against someone who was thought would come in and take this as a step up fight; McGoldrick was proved very wrong…
Heavyweight Martin Bakole Ilunga, on his Matchroom debut, stopped Ytalo Perea in less than 90 seconds – a smiling Bully Nelson watched, applauded and will have told Eddie Hearn thereafter that his guy is ready for anything… AGAIN…
Finally, the top of the bill saw middleweight Anthony Fowler and Brian Rose clash with Fowler taking the win by wide enough margins to prove he is back to close to his best. The fight didn’t really take off until the final few rounds but it was a good spectacle for boxing fans until then. Like Ritson/Davies Jr Fowler showed his anger by calling out the man who beat him last time round, Scott Fitzgerald, who was ringside. Fitzgerald has a fight for the British title against Ted Cheeseman next and then Fowler, hoping Fitzgerald wins, believes a rematch would be a very decent fight; so do I!
Eddie Hearn will have gone home a happy man, waiting for the next question on Dillian Whyte and peeing in a cup.
Over in Las Vegas the featherweight action between Eva Wahlstrom and Ronica Jeffrey for the WBC female world crown ended in a draw, leaving Wahlstrom still in possession of her belt.