Last weekend Saturday the 16th of November in York Hall super featherweight Alex Dilmaghani was unable to take the opportunity to beat Francisco Fonseca in his IBO world title fight and ended up in a hard-fought majority decision draw. On the same bill, John Joe Nevin did not miss his chance and beat Francisco’s brother Freddy Fonseca for the WBA international belt with a points win that included a knock down in the second for Nevin. Mixed night for the brothers but hopefully for Nevin a stepping stone for bigger and better things.
In Aberdeen on the same night welterweight Ryan Gall recorded a points win over 4 rounds against Jordan Grannum, super bantamweight Billy Stuart beat Brett Fidoe on points and welterweight Dean Sutherland got past Edvinas Puplauskas once again on points.
Streamed live on the net, another bill in Scotland, and a hugely significant one was at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow where super lightweight Pierce O’Leary got a 4 round points win against Chris Adaway, super featherweight Mark McKeown made a successful debut against Jose Aguilar also with a 4 round points win, super featherweight Craig Morgan, up against Edwin Tellez also got a points win, though over 6 rounds, welterweight Paddy Donovan, in against Danny Mendoza, managed the same 6 round points result.
Light heavyweight Tommy Philbin got a very good victory against Darryl Sharp in a testing 6 rounds where Philbin looked the part of someone looking to move on and find better opponents.
Things lit up with the WBC international super welterweight silver title fight between holder Kieran Smith and Vincenzo Bevilacqua. Smith got a very decent 10 round points win that showed his ability and how he should be moving up the rankings and getting noticed. It was a decent performance and certainly for the WBC should herald bigger events in the near future if not towards the end of 2020.
Top of the bill was the major contest for the British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles between Lee MacGregor and Kash Farooq. This caused some controversy as many, including me, had Farooq winning. It was a close fight and absolutely no robbery (Scotland’s version of Canelo v GG I) but the split decision win was not the right result. What was even more unfortunate was that Farooq’s people knew the result before it was announced and so did some of McGregor’s entourage. You can see Farooq being told and there is a spectator running into the ring to join McGregor’s team before the announcement – not good.
Finally, last night and we began at York Hall and now end there with Golden Contract time from MTK Global at super lightweight. Scottish interest waned with the withdrawal, late on of Lewis Benson, but there as plenty to slaver over. Benson’s replacement, Jeff Ofori – who came in on 24 hours notice – got the job done with a win against Kieran Gething. The judges scored it a draw, however as per the rules of the contest, there needs to be a winner and the referee has the casting vote. It went to Ofori and he now trundles on to the semi final.
We then got Mohamed Mimoune who had a real pedigree at European level that included beating “The Beast” Sam Eggington take on Darren Surtees and stop him in the 5th round. It was a fight that was all about levels this one and Mimoune was a clear level above.
Sorting out the levels too was Tyrone McKenna who completely dominated a very tough Mikey Sakyi and got a very wide points win in his WBC international title defence that showed why he is most people’s favourite for the whole competition. Keeping the possible big final, and in more than just their mouths, Ohara Davies stopped the unknown and very durable Logan Yoon when Yoon was pulled out after 7 rounds having taken some battering from Davies who was clearly another fighter at a level above his opponent.
On the same night in Cardiff light heavyweight Nathan Thorley is taking on Conor Cooke in a 9 fight card and in Leeds there are 5 fights and in Plymouth 8.