It has been a week in which we continued to speculate about boxing being a young man’s game. As the news of Nigel Benn’s comeback got more and more people speculating and talking about why he shouldn’t, Scott Harrison got added to the bill and in Madison Square Gardens, old father time visited Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin may have won by a very slim margin, the IBO and IBF titles at middleweight, against Sergey Derevyanchenko but it might be time to realise that time waits for no man. Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo will have watched and thought… I think this might turn into an easy night for me if GGG will come out to play one last time… Derevyanchenko it must be remembered, did put himself into the shop window and dressed very well.
On the same bill at super lightweight Ivan Baranchyk stopped Gabriel Bracero in the 4th round to take the WBA intercontinental title.
Domestically, on the same evening, bantamweight Lee Haskins won on points against Sergio Gonzalez in Bristol and super lightweight Tom Farrell also won a 6 rounder on points against Eligio Palacios in Liverpool.
In Paisley meanwhile debutants lightweight Wayne Kenny got a points win against Gary McGuire and super lightweight Paul Murphy also won on points against Jamie Quinn. Debutant middleweight Luca Micheletti also got a 4 round points win against Lewis Van Poetsch whilst super welterweight Corey McCulloch went on to beat Dale Arrowsmith on points. The featherweight contest for the Celtic title between Monty Ogilvie and Nathaniel Collins ended with Ogilvie losing his first contest when he was stopped in the 5th leaving the home crowd wildly disappointed.
In Aberdeen the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) had super welterweight Lee McAllister win the PBC world title against Richmond Djarbeng, after Djarbeng was pulled out after the second round. Lightweight Nathan Beattie beat Tackie Annan by knockout in the third round for the PBC international title on the same bill.
In amongst BIBA’s other fights further trouble followed them with a debutant winning after only 24 seconds in the first fight, the second fight lasting less than 90 seconds, the third fight got into the second round but an original opponent had been unable to attend the fight as he was arrested at the airport (the replacement fighter won the fight) and the fourth fight needed another late replacement – a journeyman – who won. Sport needs competition…
Last night, Friday the 11th October in Trento, Rome the WBC international cruiserweight contest between Fabio Turchi and Tommy McCarthy saw McCarthy take a split decision win whilst the WBC international silver fight at featherweight between Francesco Grandelli and Reece Bellotti ended with another split decision but this time it went to Grandelli. McCarthy has got himself back in the cruiser mix whilst Belotti will take time to lick his wounds.
Meanwhile in Belfast, Terry Flanagan at lightweight got a disqualification win against Michael Ansah as Ansah hit Flanagan a second time after a break, having already had a point deducted, and at flyweight Jay Harris knocked out Paddy Barnes for the IBF intercontinental title in the 4th round.