So, a week off and there is plenty to catch up on as we look back on a few surprises and excitement throughout the boxing world. We start on Saturday the 3rd of October in The Bubble, Las Vegas, with what is being hailed as the fight of the year as super lightweight Jose Zepeda beat Ivan Baranchyk for the WBC silver title. I reckoned Baranchyk might just pull off a wee surprise but whilst he failed to do that, he gave plenty in the ring. There were no fewer than EIGHT knockdowns until the final one in only the fifth round saw Baranchyk stopped by the referee.
The following night, Sunday the 4th of October, in the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, Matchroom without a certain ill Mr. Hearn, brought back heavyweight sensation Alen Babic, The Savage, taking on Niall Kennedy. It may have taken until the third round for Kennedy to be stopped but once again Babic did what Babic does and swarmed him till he could take no more.
We also had middleweight action with Linus Udofia faces John Harding Jr opening the show for the English title. Udofia, despite some tough times from Harding Jr, endured and ensured the belt stayed with him.
The main event was the WBA international light heavyweight fight between Joshua Buatsi and Marko Calic. Buatsi came through a tough period in the fight as the respect he was showing to Calic prefight proved founded. Calic was a formidable opponent in the ring and with a better response to Buatsi could have built up a strong lead. It goes down as a stoppage, but the story was Calic bloodied Buatsi and much biting of the gumshield ensued to get a very important win.
Just before Buatsi we got an important fight – none more important – for the NEW world champion , super lightweight, Chantelle Cameron who dominated an over matched fighter in Adriana Dos Santos Aruajo for the WBC title. It was simply a shut out points win, with ALL three judges made it 100-90. Aruajo had come in overweight so it was a title that only Cameron could win, and the dearth of an opponent of the same quality and calibre of Cameron must be a bit of a worry. Having been said it takes nothing away from a highly impressive and disciplined mastery of the ring by Cameron herself.
Perhaps the biggest shock of the time but not in retrospect came on Friday the 9th of October in Dubai, as Maxi Hughes, won the WBC international title fight with Viktor Kotochigov. Hughes took it the distance, dropped his highly fancied opponent and catapults himself into the WBC top 15 in the rankings. All three judges went for Hughes, by scores of 96-93, 97-92 and 95-94.
Finally, back in The Bubble in Las Vegas, that same nightwe had the WBO featherweight title fight between Emanuel Navarrete and Ruben Villa with Navarrete scoring two knockdowns on the way to a points win for the vacant belt.
Last weekend, on Saturday the 10th of October in the BT Studio, Frank Warren delivered us light heavyweight Willy Hutchison stopping Jose Miguel Fandino in the very first round, a very fleshy heavyweight Nathan Gorman winning against Richard Lartey on points before Lartey went off on one about being disrespected, I think. The final fight of the night had the British middleweight crown as the prize which Liam Williams took with another first round win as he knocked out Andrew Robinson to show he is back!