Last weekend was a cracker. Up in the north east of England they know how to celebrate their boxing and the atmosphere, the fighting and the event have got nothing but incredible praise all week. And, so it should do.
History books shall show that on Saturday the 19th of October in Newcastle, super middleweight Savannah Marshall, blasted out Ashleigh Curry in the second round and made a massive statement that said – world title next year please!
Heavyweight Martin Bakole, then beat Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, in a stoppage win that Dubois, Chisora, Pulev and Andy Ruiz Jr could not manage – perhaps Billy Nelson is no fool after all…
Light heavyweight Laurence Osueke found himself up against Ricky Summers, and up against is as the fairest result, a draw, was announced on a great fight that went from one side to the other before the judges, in my opinion, got it spot on. Perhaps a rematch to show us once again the skills of both fighters?
And then we had two fights that had controversy and guts and power and all that you want to end a great night out. Firstly, the British super welterweight title fight between Ted Cheeseman and Scott Fitzgerald went to the challenger, Fitzgerald on points. Cheeseman was gutted, despondent and appalled. He stormed out the ring though I had it Fitzgerald by two. Many were in the same boat as me and whilst the judges did not help this time by giving the winner some wide margins, I thought it was a decent result. For most of the Cheeseman fans, the first 8 rounds belonged to him as Cheeseman became the initial favourite of the commentators. Fitzgerald clearly had a come forward barnstorming stance that the judges favoured instead. In the last four or so rounds Fitzgerald drew Cheeseman into a war and there, it was clearly Fitzgerald’s fight. Much was made of how Cheeseman performed in a way that nobody expected in the beginning and showed that he was a far more intelligent fighter etc, etc, etc but his tactics may have caught the eye of the purist, they did not catch the eyes of the people with the scorecards.
We than had the main event and over 12 hard fought rounds, Lewis Ritson, for me, put his career squarely back on track with a super lightweight points win over a brave and very able, Robbie Davies Jr. I did think that Ritson would have or could have blasted Davies Jr out but the power he had at lightweight has not perhaps, carried quite as well to his new weight. Nevertheless, it was an impressive showing from the Newcastle lad, not least the punch resistance that he showed.
Also, on the same night in Elsmere Port the WBCinternational silver welterweight contest between Mason Cartwright and Danny Ball went toBall when he stopped Cartwright in the 3rd round whilst Sean “Masher” Dodds at super lightweight got a points win against Ibrar Riyaz.
In Nottingham the super featherweight contest between Brad Daws and Taka Bembere saw an as expected 6 round points win for Daws and Bembere able to look forward to another night out soon earning the cash for himself and family – which is in a week’s time!
Over in Hainaut, Belgium, the interim WBO cruiserweight title fight between Ryad Merhy and Imre Szello ended with Merhy knocking Szello out in the 7th round.