We have had the best of times and now we have the fallow times but for the fighters it is no less intense and no less important for them all.
In the UK, Frank Warren gave us a decent night at York Hall with light heavyweight Anthony Yarde managing to become the first fighter to stop Dec Spelman in a fairly decent fight thatdid indeed shake off the rust forYarde. The stoppage came in the 6th round after Yarde showed enough to make it look like he is ready for whatever is thrown at him next.
The middleweight contest between Mark Heffron and Denzel Bentley ended in a drawwith all 3 judges agreeing that they could not separate them. Bentley was certainly dominant in the first half but Heffron, after hitting the canvas in the second battled back to take the second half of the fight. Both fighters are keen on settling the score with a rematch; punters too would love to see such a competitive fight again.
The pesky French welterweight Cedrick Peynaud lost in a wide points decision to Ekow Essuman, though Essuman did endure a tough time as Peynaud again showed his utter awkwardness. He did not have enough, though, to stop Essuman taking home the IBF European title.
Over in the Bubble in Las Vegas, Bob Arum gave us the WBC continental Americas and WBA NABO welterweight contest which saw Egidijus Kavaliauskas stop Mikeal Zewski with an eighth round knockdown that was unexpected as Zewski was ahead on all the score cards! We also got former world title holders, Miguel Marriaga and Joet Gonzalez battling for the WBO international featherweight title with Gonzalez coming out on top with a wide margin of points win recorded for Gonzalez.