If there was a weekend to turn the whole of the boxing world upside down, last weekend was it! From phonegate to Noma Chenko loses it was a cracker – and not for all the right reasons.
Let us begin in the UK on Saturday the 17th October in Peterborough with Matchroom which began well with a new kid on the block, Ellie Scotney who gave us some hope for a good night ahead with a debut win on points. Then came Joe Laws, the Geordie in the Mexican mask who has a following that is almost religious and he got knocked out in only the third round by Ryan Charlton.
We then had super bantamweight Qais Ashfaq taking on Marc Leach as the Olympian took a step to one side and Leach took the win on points having sent Ashfaq to the floor twice. We also had the shock of Meshech Speare getting worked over and beaten well by Kane Baker who was out fighting, and on the wrong end of a bad decision, a few short weeks ago.
Things looked ominous for the evening…
Super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward was then incredibly lucky against the experienced Thomas Essomba, as a technical draw stopped a contest in the eighth that Essomba was getting on top of.
Then came the top of the bill, Lewis Ritson against former world title holder, Miguel Vazquez for the WBA intercontinental title. The fact as recordedis that Ritson won on a split decision. The opinion which was well voiced but will not appear in official record books was that Ritson lost convincingly. He looked awful and his corner seemed to be watching an entirely different fight, as they kept telling him he was winning convincingly. Then veteran boxing judge and aficionado, Terry O’Connor is once again, talked about in controversial circumstances as he has been caught on camera, allegedly not following the fight; he was the one who gave it to Ritson by a huge margin.
It was not a good night for boxing, never mind British boxing, but a stonker for the fans because it was unpredictable and filled with great talking points.
If Ritson’s performance was a bit of a shocker, then the real shock of the night came courtesy of Bob Arum’s Bubble in Las Vegas where Vasyl Lomachenko lost convincingly to Teofimo Lopez. I am still a little dumbfounded but this was the birth of a new name that has the opportunity with all four belts around his waist to dominate for some considerable time to come. I think Lomachenko lost this when he talked disparagingly of the division being one where it was hard to find opponents to match him and that excited him… well the circus is moving on now and there is a Ukrainian world champion superstar less now…
Also, on the same evening in Germany we saw that the interim WBC, WBF and IBA female world titles middleweight went to Ema Kozin over Chris Namus on points andthe welterweight clash between Jessica Schadko and Katelynn Phelan for the WBC youth, WBF and IBA belts saw Schadko retiring in the 5th and Phelan taking all the belts.
Then on Sunday the 18th October in South Kirkby, MTK gave bantamweight Paul Butler a platform and he didn’t disappoint with an 8 round points win against Ryan Walker whilst flyweight Jay Harris also went the distance, this time 10 rounds, and got the win against Marcel Braithwaite for the Commonwealth title.
Then last night, Friday the 23rd of October in Mexico City, a terrific bill saw super flyweight Roman Gonzalez beating Israel Gonzalez on pointsfor the WBA super title, super flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada beat Carlos Cuadras also on points for the WBC title and in the flyweight contest Julio Cesar Martinez for the WBC title, beat an overweight Moises Calleros who both failed to make weight and failed to get to the 3rd round, being stopped by Martinez in the second.