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Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

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FLASH BACK

The last week has seen much by way of media fall outs between managers at press conferences after seeing fighters having a go at them, the usual speculation about the heavyweight division and whether Dillian Whyte should go further on MasterChef, and the depth of boxing throughout the UK and abroad, once again being on public display. Normal week really…

And talking of normal, we had AIBA continue to show how unfit they are to run a playground fight, whilst professional boxing had a week where there was plenty of sunshine to admire and wallow in.

Domestically we had, last Saturday the 14th of September in York Hall, the super flyweight IBF international action between Sunny Edwards and Rossendo Hugo Guarneros which saw Edwards win that belt by unanimous decision.

On the same bill we had a barnstormer for the British super bantamweight title contest between Brad Foster and Lucien Reid. It was a majority decision draw which indicates how tight the fight was and both did not deserve to lose so, for once, neither did – must be a rematch…

Down the road from me, in Trump Turnberry on the same night, flyweight Neil McCubbin and middleweight Trigger Wood both won on points as did super bantamweight Arran McGarvie against Luke Fash, super welterweight Paul Kean against Ohio Kain Iremiren and the lightweight action ended up a win for Calvin McCord against Sean Davis.

Over in America, in Carson, the WBO super welterweight title action between Jaime Munguia and Patrick Allotey ended in round 4 as Munguia stopped his opponent convincingly – perhaps there a few less suggesting Munguia is the lesser champion now…

Finally, last weekend which was, according to all the boxing press, mostly about Las Vegas saw super bantamweight Emanuel Navarrete take on Juan Miguel Elorde defending his WBO title on the undercard of Tyson Fury against Otto Wallin. Navarrete was imperious and stopped Elorde early enough to make a second statement of his world level credentials in 4 weeks… An incredible performance.

But top of the bill? Tyson Fury dug deep, was taken into troubled waters by Wallin but came out wet and winning. The cuts may mean his rematch with Deontay Wilder might be off for February and the promoters will be gutted at that because Wilder was being put in a corner over his inability to announce his own rematch with Luis Ortiz, but this was a reminder of never taking things for granted. Now it appears Wilder can sit back, enjoy the view and wait till Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr have their fight and perhaps jump in the ring to challenge the winner… Tyson Fury though will NEVER step aside… or will he? Will his father, John, who slated the team around Tyson, have his way and get rid of the whole damn lot of them? It’s boxing, it’s weird…

Last Thursday the 19th of September in Glasgow Darren Tarr made his debut a win, bantamweight Scott Allan lost on points to Marc Leach in a British title eliminator and welterweight Martin Harkin also got a win.

On the same night, in Florence, Sam Eggington bounced right back with a spectacular and brutal 2 round stoppage of Orlando Fiordigiglio for the IBF international super welterweight title. Eggington is back in a very interesting mix… I, Like Barry Hearn, love Eggington, his style, his story and his determination – I am on the Egging on Eggington bandwagon…

Down in Sheffield the welterweight action was between Tyrone Nurse and Fernando Valencia and Nurse got a points win whilst featherweight Josh Wale also got a points win against Sergio Gonzalez whilst super flyweight Tommy Frank got a split decision win against Aran Dipaen for the WBC international silver belt.

Finally Ultimate Boxxer 5, what a great idea this is – who thought of it first, I wonder – also shone last night on BT Sport as former Olympian and twice Commonwealth bronze medallist, Steven Donnelly took the top prize.

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