If this week had anything, it had quality over quantity.
We start with last weekend and on Saturday the 15th of February in Nashville, Tennessee Caleb Plant took Vincent Feigenbutz apart to retain the IBF super middleweight title. Plant had a master class but since the fight there have been questions over the suitability of the opponent as it was so one sided – mercifully stopped in the 10th round!
So, the week began with some real controversy, but it was not the biggest talking point and argument of the week…
On the same night in the UK at the York Hall domestic action was covered by welterweights Larry Ekundayo winning on points against Nathan Hardy over 6 rounds, welterweight Harley Benn taking to Twitter to show off after a 4 rounds points win against Dylan Draper, and he looked good, whilst super middleweight Fred Evans beat Wilmer Gonzalez – once again on points. Finally, one-time prospect heavyweight Dominic Akinlade beat Phil Williams again on points – Williams is slated to meet Scot Jay MacFarlane in Doncaster soon!
But the best action and talking points of the week were last night. The highly exciting Golden Contract semi finals did not fail to disappoint.
At super lightweight Ohara Davies dominated and stopped Jeff Ofri in the 6th round, whilst Mohamad Mimoune was simply robbed in his fight with Tyrone McKenna. Simply put, McKenna lost. He didn’t just lose a little, he lost by some distance. Mimoune was incandescent. He called for a rematch in France and to be fair, he deserves it. This was not a close decision that could have been called either way… This was just a colossal mistake which saw McKenna undeservedly retain his WBC international title.
However. We do get the final everyone wanted – Davies v McKenna…
In the featherweight semi finals, Tyrone McCullagh lost to Ryan Walsh in a run round the ring fight that saw Walsh being very patient in finding his guy before beating him on points. A few times it could have ended with a stoppage but McCullagh was having none of that – though at times he needed every fibre of his being to hold on. In the final we shall have James Dickens in the other corner as he came through against a very game and able Leigh Wood and winning the WBO European title.
Over in Barnsley the low key return for heavyweight Kash Ali was a 6 round points win against replacement Kamil Sokolowski.