We begin in Belfast from last Saturday night with some cracking action that had super middleweight Padraig McCrory beat Steve Collins Jr for the BUI Celtic title
The headline act was the return home of featherweight Michael Conlan who did indeed continue his explosive upward trajectory against Diego Alberto Ruiz for the WBA and WBO intercontinental belt as he powered through him in 9 rounds. Conlan looks the part, acts the part and must be looking at world honours pretty soon.
We also saw middleweight Luke Keeler back in action against Luis Arias with Keeler winning
and most will expect Keeler to come through
The best fight of the night was arguably the Commonwealth and British title fight between Paddy Gallagher and Chris Jenkins. An unsatisfactory ending as it was stopped due to cuts that had, according to the referee occurred due to accidental fouls; it was a punch or two. Jenkins won on scorecards at the time despite the fact that he was the one cut and his stoppage, had it been properly judged would have meant the Welshman would have lost his British title and the Commonwealth belt that was up for grabs.
On the mainland, in Oldham super welterweight Sam Eggington got a points win over 6 functional rounds against veteran Lewis van Poetsch and light heavyweight Bob Ajisafe by stopping Genadi Kraievskij in the last of their scheduled 6 rounds.
Finally, in New York, the WBC silver and interim WBA light heavyweight title fight between Marcus Browne and Jean Pascal ended with a Pascal win. Like the Gallagher/Jenkins fight, this was a technical stoppage as he dropped Browne three times before a clash of heads stopped the fight. Pascal got the win because the three knockdowns gave him the win due to losing points and the margin of victory on all three scorecards was one point! Browne loses his title and his undefeated status in the most bizarre of fashions…