In the midst of people being unwell, being unwell yersel is no good but I am back! With the last two weeks having delivered some cracking action and not a little controversy, here we go with the round up from across the world…
Two weeks ago on Saturday the 29th of August in The Bubble, Las Vegas the super lightweight fight between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Viktor Postol for the WBC and WBO belts ended with a majority decision in favour of Ramirez; Postol again showed his stubbornness as it was hardly a triumphant 26th win for the undefeated Ramirez.
On the same night, over in the Microsoft Theatre, in the same town of Las Vegas super welterweight Erislandy Lara managed a unanimous win against Greg Vendetti for theWBA and IBO titles.
Staying in the USA, in Venice, Florida, super flyweight Cristofer Rosales, who we know because he hasa win against Paddy Barnes as well as losses to Charlie Edwards and Andrew Selby, got a win against Jeno Tonte by stoppage in the 4th of a scheduled 8 rounds.
Back in the UK, at the BT Studio, Frank Warren returned, and will be back again tonight, with light heavyweight Willy Hutchison stopping late replacement Ben Thomas in the very first round! Hutchison is damn exciting, and this will go a long way to show him up as a real contender – 12th straight win since turning professional – on the ladder.
Still at the BT Studio, super lightweight Sam Maxwell beat Joe Hughes on points for the WBO European whilst super flyweight Sunny Edwards kept the IBF international strap against Thomas Essomba in a tough fight that went the distance but Edwards got the nod.
Top of the bill really told us very little, apart from the fact that heavyweight Daniel Dubois is still a great prospect, as he dismantled another late replacement in Ricardo Snijders to defend his WBO international title. There was little doubt as to what was going to happen here and given some of the lockdown shocks it was good to see that we did not suffer another international level heavyweight suffer from a lapse in concentration.
As the week went on, and we got to Wednesday the 2nd of September in South Kirkby, MTK once again provided us with a cracking series of fights to add to the ones already on YouTube. This was another classic night where they featured boxers whop are close to making the breakthrough or like, Jono Carroll, who have made it and were entered into fascinating contests. On the nightsuper lightweight Harlem Eubank beat Martin McDonagh, by stopping him in the 8th round. Eubank had lost twice to McDonagh in the amateurs, so this was sweet revenge. I thought this was a step up for Eubank and so it was as he builds his reputation, to escape the shadows of an uncle and cousin.
Also on the bill, and in a blitz of a first round, super middleweight Padraig McCrory stopped Mickey Ellison in the first, whilst light heavyweight Dan Azeez took the English title by stopping Andre Sterling after Sterling’s corner threw in the towel in the 9th.
The headline fight was the British and Commonwealth title fight at super lightweight between Philip Bowes and Akeem Ennis- Brown. Ennis-Brown took the title with a win that was tough and no walkover. Ennis-Brown deservedly shaded it in my opinion but as he goes through the ranks, he really needs to show some of the skill he claims he has.
Moving to last weekend and on Saturday the 5th of September back in the USA and in The Bubble, Las Vegas, we saw super featherweight Jamel Herring prepare for a showdown with Carl Frampton by beating Jonathon Oquendo for the WBO title. The fight was stopped and Oquendo disqualified for headbutting, but Herring was well ahead by that point. It was a decent fight, of that there is little doubt, but it was not what Herring needed and certainly not what the crowd wanted!
Finally, in this round, up we head back to South Kirkby last Saturday as we saw super featherweight Samir Ziani stop Alex Dilmaghani for the EBU title in the final round of a contest that people believe is a fight of the year contender. It was a relentless battle though and by the final round Dilmaghani was done. The referee blatantly allowed a fighter who well past the point of no return to continue and people have called for an investigation – rightly so. Dilmaghani was stopped with 9 seconds of the final round remaining.
We also had the speedy returns of middleweight Michael Hennessy Jr and cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain with a win for Chamberlain against Matt Sen in the first round, but Hennessy Jr lost on points to Jamie Stewart!