Storm Ciara is now giving way to Storm Dennis in the UK whilst the boxing world, aside from throwing bad thoughts towards Adam Booth in a press conference – like that has never happened before – is giving us a month where the biggest storm is now a week away! In the meantime we began with an impressive list of fights last weekend that has made February, my favourite boxing month this year… so far!
On Saturday the 8th of February in Aberdeen super featherweight Mark McKeown got apoints win against Edward Harrison over 4 rounds, lightweight Ben Bartlett also won on points against the journeyman, Michael Horabin, super welterweight Callum Stuart also beat 229 fight professional Kevin McAuley on points and lightweight Darren Traynor beat Des Newton – and you guessed it – also on points.
Over in Paisley, on the same evening, middleweight Luca Micheletti beat Scott Williams on points, light heavyweight Paul Pollock won against the highly experienced Lewis Van Poetsch on points, super middleweight Jordan Grant got a 4 round points win against Ryan Hibbert whilst super welterweight Corey McCulloch scored another 4 round points win up against Gary McGuire.
On the same card, super welterweight Paul Kean got a6 round points win against Tom Brennan, as welterweight Dean Sutherland took a 6 round points win too against Basi Kazaq.
Super welterweight Hannah Rankin bucked the trend with a 5th round stoppage of Eva Bajic and finally lightweight Ahmed Mweva beat Ibrar Riyaz on points. If there is currently something lacking in Scottish boxing, it is genuine 50/50 fights and both the bills at Aberdeen and Paisley were slightly predictable. I am all for giving people experience but the bubble will burst unless there is real excitement and that means jeopardy…
Down in Sheffield heavyweight Dave Allen was back against Dorian Darch and stopped him in the third. What he cannot stop is speculation it was fixed!
Welterweight Anthony Tomlinson took on Stewart Burt and stopped him in the ninth, super featherweight Martin Joseph Ward got through his real contest with Jesus Amparan, winning on points and is now looking for world honours in the near future.
The WBC and IBF titles were on the line for Terri Harper in her fight with Eva Wahlstrom, andHarper took both belts in a points win that was calm, measured and incredibly impressive. Harper is a star already but the future looks incredibly bright for her.
Featherweight Kid Galahad was in against Claudio Marrero in an IBF eliminator, and Galahad staked his claim for a second world title bid against Josh Warrington with a very impressive performance – Marrero retiring in the eighth.
The definitive fight of the night was at super welterweight with Kell Brook managing to take apart former marine and all round tough guy Mark Deluca. Brook showed that he is still a terrific fighter and I thought he might struggle how wrong was I!
On the same night over in Baden-Württemberg the IBO cruiserweight title fight between First Arslan and Kevin Lerena ended with Lerena stopping Arslan in the sixth.
In Pennsylvania the vacant WBA bantamweight title action was between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Liboris Solis, with Solis down in the seventh round that could have been the clincher as Rigo won on a split decision. On the same bill and part of the co-promotion the WBC featherweight title fight between Gary Russell Jr and Tugstsogt Nyambayar ended with a points win for Russell Jr.
In Indiana the IBF female super lightweight fight between Mary McGhee and Deanha Hobbs ended in the ninth round as McGhee was able to stop Hobbs.
Last night, Friday the 14th of February in California the WBC silver lightweight fight between Ryan Garcia and Francisco Fonseca ended within the first there minutes as Garcia knocked Fonseca out in the very first round!We also had Jorge Linares back in the ring knocking out Carlos Morales in the fourth round – far more exciting fare in two fights than in all the contests in Aberdeen and Paisley – we have to be very careful about how we keep this bubble going…