Last weekend was to all intents and purposes, a cracker of a weekend with top quality boxing and two, not one, incredible body shot that had people chattering away online…
We started on Saturday the 26th of September in York Hall where BT Sport and Frank Warren brough super bantamweight and Olympian David Oliver Joyce into the ring against Ionut Baluta for the WBO European belt: Baluta blasted Joyce out in three rounds. Prior to this few thought Baluta would manage a win but he completely took Joyce apart.
We then had, at bantamweight, Charlie Edwards returning to take on Kyle Williams in a fight that he won comfortably on points, but Williams was no mug. He pushed and prodded and stayed on the former world champion with a performance that certainly promises he should never be ignored at this weight. His reward should come whilst Edwards got rid of some rust but there are some who think there is more rust to polish off the performance before he gets in the ring with better quality opposition.
Top of the bill lasted 2 minutes and 41 seconds as the WBA and IBF super lightweight titles stayed round the waist of defending champion Josh Taylor as he stopped Apinun Khongsong in the very first round. The contest started evenly and Khongsong looked an awkward and very capable prospect as Taylor was being put to the sword. He then got a shot off that most of us missed as it was a sneaky short body shot that made Khongsong crumble. Many former boxers were a little less than complimentary over Khongsong’s antics, but Taylor is now ready 100% apparently – to get through a Ramirez unification fight.
Over in Munich the cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series saw Yuniel Dorticos lose a majority decision to Maris Breidis for the latest version of the Ali trophy that saw the IBF title on the line. Breidis shall now be looking to hoover up the other belts.
Over in the USA, in Connecticut the Charlo brothers’ double bills began withbantamweights John Riel Casimero and Duke Micah in the ring for the WBO title held by Casimero. Casimero stunned us all by taking it from Zolani Tete and the three weight world champion Casimero waited no time at all before stopping Micah in the third round to retain his belt.
The interim and not really the full super bantamweight WBA title fight between Brandon Figueroa and Damien Vazquez was also a stoppage, this time in the tenth round for Figueroa.
Top of this bill of the first half of the fight night saw the WBC middleweight title settled in Jermall Charlo’s favour as he widely outpointed Sergey Derevyanchenko. Jermall thoroughly deserved his win and outboxed the rugged Ukrainian.
Action began in round two of this PPV double extravaganza with the WBC super bantamweight eliminator between Daniel Roman and Juan Carlos Payano. Roman proved that he was on the way up with a decent points win before super bantamweight Luis Nery faced Aaron Alameda for the WBC crown. This true Mexican showdown saw it go the distance and be settled in Nery’s favour.
We then got our second top of the bill with twin number two as super welterweight Jermell Charlo knocked out Jeison Rosario in the eighth round to take home the WBC, WBA crowns along with Rosario’s IBF belt. Charlo had Rosario down in the first, sixth and then finally in the eighth round. It was the second body shot of the night to have caused massive damage and the second body shot of the night that left people wondering how come it was so effective. Unlike Taylor’s people saw it and there were plenty pointing out that he had probably suffered plenty of damage before the final body shot left him hapless and unable to continue. 58
During the week the action continued apace as on Wednesday the 30th of September in South Kirkby, MTK continued their Golden Contract series, though it began with the news that as James, Jazza Dickens had tested positive for COVID, the featherweight final was off. .
We did see the cruiserweight debut of Steven Ward who outpointed Jone Valau and then had the light heavyweight semi-final with Liam Conroy being stopped in the fourth round by Serge Michel. The second semi-final in Riga saw Ricards Botolniks beat Hosea Burton on pointsmeaning that we truly have an international affair for the final.
Top of the bill, the Golden Contract super lightweight final, between Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna was a mouth watering disappointment. Davies entered the ring and was the most aggressive, attracting the judges’s votes. McKenna promised much, brought little and the intrigue now becomes, after losing on points to Davies in a damp squib, where does McKenna go now? Davies should be heading with a golden piece of paper in his pocket, off to the riches and titles he feels that he deserves. It’s been a very good series for boxing and the Golden Contract moves on to bigger and better now – what does the winner do next?