Increasingly you can see things beginning to open up again and whilst I was off last week, the boxing fraternity came back to the UK – wasn’t it just a lovely thing?
But again we start abroad in our round up, because on Saturday the 4th of July, in Mexico City, Jackie Nava managed a one sided decision against Estrela Valverde. The WBC had an unofficial system in place, with judges remotely scoring the bout which is an experiment that might take over sending people in live to watch the fight under current issues and problems. Nava looked good and might now be a contender for her weight class!
Then on Tuesday the 7th of July in Las Vegas under Bob Arum the main event was featherweight Andy Vences being upset by Luis Alberto Lopez Vargas whilst Jose Zepada managed a fairly straightforward win against Kando Castaneda on points.
On Thursday the 9th of July, back in Las Vegas heavyweight Carlos Takam stepped in and got a points win against Jerry Forrest. It was a tough 10 rounds for Takam but a win nonetheless in circumstances that make him a clean hero as opposed to what we think of who he replaced.
Then on Friday the 10th of July in Stratford, London, lightweight Mark Chamberlain made history by being the first post lockdown boxer to win as he stopped Stu Greener in 55 seconds. Heavyweight David Adeleye thenmanageda second round stoppage of Matt Gordon, Dorian Krasmaru got a points win over Phil Williams, and Hamzah Sheeraz stopped a very brave Paul Kean to defend his WBO European super welterweight title.
Top of the bill was a very decent battle for the Commonwealth and British super bantamweight title between Brad Foster and James Beech Jr. Foster won on points after a barnstorming fight.
The following week, making it the last 7 days, Bob Arum was back in his Bubble on Tuesday the 14th of July in Las Vegas when Mikaela Mayer beat Helen Joseph at super featherweight in a wide decision win with two judges recording a shut out.