It’s good to be back though we have more to report on what has been happening than what the month of January is going to bring us so let us begin this weekend with some news of what HAS been happening over the festive period – and it is mainly overseas.
Let us begin on Saturday the 21st of December in California where a real grudge match for the super welterweight WBC title between Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo ended with a Charlo win. Charlo got that win courtesy of an 11th round stoppage and avenged his only professional loss by retaking the title he had lost to Harrison.
Over in Russia the cruiserweight action between Denis Lebedev and Thabiso Mchunu for the WBC silver belt saw Lebedev being outpointed with South African, Mchunu deservedly taking home the vacant belt in what was a pretty wide verdict.
We did not, however, leave December domestically without another fantastic night of boxing thanks to Queensberry Promotions and Frank Warren as light heavyweight and all action TV star, Tommy Fury won against Przemyslaw Binienda in emphatic style with a 1st round knockout. Super flyweight Sunny Edwards took home the British title against Marcel Braithwaite in a tough contest on points, and the middleweight battle between Liam Williams and Alantez Fox for the WBO international belt did not get past the 5th round with a stoppage win for Williams.
Top of the bill was heavyweight prospect, Daniel Dynamite Dubois who blasted out another opponent, this time in the 2nd round, in Kyotaro Fujimoto. This was a successful defence of his WBC silver belt and he added the WBO international title to his collection with some decent ranking points added too. “Dubois needs a real test” is a phrase that passed so many lips from pundits and commentators but the real test is getting someone who will go into the ring with him – negotiations are ongoing or it to be Joe Joyce and THAT would be the litmus test of Dubois and whether he can fight for a world title in 2020 or 2021!
On Monday the 23rd of December in Kanagawa, Japan the WBA middleweight title fight between Ryota Murata and Steven Butler saw Canada’s Butler fail to get the win as Murata stopped him in the 5th round.
By the end of the year – on Saturday the 28th of December – in Georgia the light heavyweight title action between Jean Pascal and Badou Jack for the WBC silver and WBA titles was a cracker that we didn’t expect with a spilt decision win for Pascal after both fighters hit the floor and Badou Jack left the ring an unhappy fighter. The WBA lightweight crown between Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa which was the final title fight of 2019 went to Davis with a late 12th round stoppage – Davis ends the year as popular and enigmatic as he began it and now… who knows…
Overnight, to begin 2020, last night we had Claressa T-Rex Shields become the fastest fighter to make it to three weight world champion, as she totally dominated Ivana Habazin in her 10th professional fight – it was a total shut out. Shields is likely to climb back up in weight and continue to dominate and look for bigger fights financially… I wonder who that could be…