Last weekend we had the disappointment of going over to the USA with two British fighters fighting for world titles, one belt being held by one of them and many hopes going across the pond along with them. By breakfast time on Sunday morning both fights had been lost and the longest serving British world title mantle had been shifted from Khalid Yafai’s record.
Top of the bill that caused us such heartache on Saturday the 29th of February in Texas was the WBC Diamond belt fight between Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas that ended in a points win for Garcia. Vargas was down in the fifth with Garcia, hopefully being a man of his word and taking on Josh Taylor some time in the future.
Super flyweight Khalid Yafai took on his idol, Roman Gonzalez to defend his WBA title and, after being down twice in the eighth and ninth, was stopped in the ninth. Yafai was quite simply in with a phenomenon who showed that despite his two losses that El Chocolitito is far from past his best!
The flyweight contest between Julio Cesar Martinez and Welshman Jay Harris for the WBC title was a similar disappointment in the result but not the performance. Harris acquitted himself well and should be well in line for some serious fighting and some serious life changing opportunities in the future. Harris was down in the tenth but lasted the distance to show his grit and determination – a very good performance from him indeed.
Also, on the undercard heavyweight Joseph Parker came back in style against Shawndell Winters. Parker stopped Winters in the fifth and propelled his name back in the mix. He might not have given us a top 3 heavyweight performance but he has widened the options of everybody wanting a part of all the action…
Down in Clacton – on Sea BIBA brought their action to the ring with a couple of fights worth a mention. BIBA always intrigue me and whilst many dismiss them as the boxing equivalent of Barnum’s Circus, I have to say there is always a story or two in their fights.
On the card were two title fights. First up, the International Masters bronze super bantamweight fight between Ben Cook and Joseafat Reyes that became the fight between Cook and late replacement Pablo Narvaez; Reyes was unable to fight due to illness. Now here’s the thing. With a late replacement we expect a home win – yeah? No. Narvaez won 79-75. In the other title fight, the WBF European light heavyweight contest between Navid Iran and Ismael Molina Moreno. Moreno stopped Iran with a body shot in the 3rd round.