Last weekend the action began on Saturday the 9th of November in York Hall where middleweight Danny Dignum managed to stop Conrad Cummings for the WBO European belt in the 5th round whilst lightweight Liam Walsh had to go the distance to beat Maxi Hughes for the WBO European title on points. On the same bill, lightweight Chantelle Cameron got a points win against Anali Esther Sanchez and kept her momentum going towards title fights.
In Villa Park light heavyweight Ryan Hatton scored his own points victory against the tough and durable Elvis Dube.
All eyes though were firmly focussed, however, on Los Angeles wherenovice and professional debutants, cruiserweights KSI and Logan Paul headlined. In a fight that was full of entertainment and a bit of skill, KSI took it on points thanks to Logan Paul losing a couple of points for illegal activity. It was never going to be a classic and if there are other personalities out there wanting to have a go, can gather a crowd and put in the work then I think we could see another fight that may attract a new audience for boxing. The boxing fans though have seen the circus and thought little of it. I can’t see it becoming a regular event as the quality of the fight was negligible and that quality will only diminish as others try their hand. Enough may be enough…
On the undercard the super middleweight WBO title defence by Billy Joe Saunders against Marcelo Esteban ended in a fantastic stoppage but Saunders was a little lacklustre. He did not really take advantage of the huge opportunity to make his name in the US and is disappointed with his performance. Next up, the big guns?
Lightweight Devin Haney also successfully defended his WBC belt against Alfredo Santiago with Haney making that big statement needed. It was a points win that included Santiago going down in the 5th and suffering a cut from legal punches in the 11th.
Over in California the WBA super featherweight title fight between Jamel Herring and Lamont Roach Jr. saw Roach Jr take it on points.
On Monday the 11th of November, over in Oostende, Belgium super featherweight Delfine Persoon beat Helen Joseph for the WBA title and almost immediately called for the rematch against Katie Taylor. Taylor’s last performance, when she went up a weight, was far superior to the way she handled Persoon in New York and a rematch would be a cracking fight now. Given Persoon capturing of a world title, albeit at a weight below where she fought Taylor, this may also be far more tempting than it was before.
Last night, Friday the 15th of November MTK Global gave us, live on YouTube,a full bill of great contests in Liverpool with lightweight Natasha Jonas continuing a successful return to the ring against Bianka Maslath, stopping her in the 5th, lightweight Terry Flanagan had atough fight against Jayro Duran that went to the scorecards and Flanagan won, super middleweight Martin Murray also found a tough opponent in Sladan Janjanin who took the veteran to the end and made him work – Murray is now apparently mandatory for the European title which would be a great fight for him. Finally super middleweight Rocky Fielding stopped Abdallah Paziwapazi in only the 2nd round, showing his superior skill set. Great to see all four British names get the wins and now we can speculate over world title trajectories or at last future title fights for all of them.