It is certainly one of the most interesting periods of world boxing and this was again proved last weekend as we saw delivered possibly the biggest shock of the re-emergence of the sport. On Saturday the 15th of August in Tulsa, Oklahoma unified welterweight champion, first lady of boxing and joint first place defender of world titles, Cecilia Braekhaus lost on points to Jessica McCaskill those combined world titles from the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO. Last week I said, there are absolutely no certainties in boxing… AT ALL… And if any fight has proven that it is the story of a kid who dreamed, spent time on the streets, now has a full time job in the financial sector AND is now the undisputed two weight world champion, as Jessica McCaskill has become, without a doubt, THE story of the summer. McCaskill lost to Katie Taylor earlier in the undisputed lightweight’s career; now there is a significant demand for a rematch – if Taylor takes care of business herself against Delphine Persoon.
Over in Connecticut super middleweight David Benavidez beat Roamer Alexis Angulo for the WBC title with only Angulo able to take the world title away; Benavidez missed weight. Angulo retired on his stool after the 10th so Benavidez missed a golden opportunity to retain his belt …
Also on the bill the WBA lightweight title was won by Rolando Romero on points against Jackson Marinez whilst former Tyson Fury foe, Otto Wallin made a quiet comeback win when his opponent Travis Kauffman injured his shoulder in the 5th and was counted out.
We had some very decent fights in the UK during the week too as Frank Warren at York Hall, London gave us super welterweight Troy Williamson fighting for the IBF European title against Harry Scarff with Williamson taking the title on points.
On the same bill, featherweight Michael Conlan took his time but eventually stopped, in the 10th round, the very tough Sofiane Takoucht. Super featherweight Carl Frampton also stopped Darren Traynor, in the 6th round of a fight that didn’t show Frampton at his best but certainly showed him getting rid of the rust and getting ready for a meeting with a better and more challenging opponent. Scotland’s Traynor, however, did enough to show that he deserves some kind of reward for taking the fight.