Well now we have been round the back with Eddie for the first time and last Saturday the 1st of August we can all agree that it was an absolute stoater of an experience. To begin with lightweight Dalton Smith managed to take out Nathan Bennett in the fifth round with a massive right hand.
The festering resentment between heavyweights Fabio Wardley and Simon Vallily for the English belt, ended with Wardley stopping Vallily in the third round as the man with the ‘tache showing signs of fatigue from early on.
We then had featherweight Jordan Gill beat Reece Bellotti, on points in what had promised to be a very hard to call contest but ended with Gill showing superior expertise in taking a decent win.
We also had the lightweight contest between James Tennyson and Gavin Gwynne for the British belt ending with Tennyson also showing his superior boxing ability, stopping Gwynne in the 6th round. Gwynne deserves huge credit and this was just the right entree for what followed.
Top of the bill was what looked like a really great fight and turned into a tremendous one.
Sam Eggington lost his IBF super welterweight international title and ranking points to Ted Cheeseman. Cheeseman got the win on points but it was a very close call. Being tremendously emotional at the end Cheeseman admitted that, had he lost, he would have retired from the sport. Eggington will have put away his wraps and be back to enthral us all once again! I for one, cannot wait.
Last night, Friday the 7th of August, we were back at Eddie’s as featherweight Ivan “Hopey” Price, coped beautifully with a very tricky and hyped up Jonny Phillips with a points win that taught him loads in only his third professional fight.
The Commonwealth scrap between Chris Billiam-Smith and Nathan Thorley ended early with a second round stoppage that was immensely impressive by Billiam-Smith.
Super welterweight Anthony Fowler also stopped Adam Harper in a fight that ought to have been stopped sooner but it was a very decent fight to watch until around the 5th round it became very uncomfortable. It was eventually stopped in the 7th.
Top of the bill was the super featherweight title action between Terri Harper defending her WBC and IBO titles against Natasha Jonas. What we didn’t get was an embrace between the two trainers at the end – wonder why – but that was all that was missing. I had Jonas shading it by one round but the draw was more than fair – rematch – absolutely yes please!!!