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Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

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FLASH BACK

They promised and then delivered…

Matchroom took what they saw as a gamble and then delivered with three fantastic women’s fights that showed that the UK boxing scene still has what it takes. We saw it on UK soil though at least one of them, an Irish superstar may not hail from our shores, but she lights them up.

Last Saturday the 14th of November in the Wembley Arena, that incredible triple header began with when bantamweight Rachel Ball beat world champion Jorgelina Guanini for the interim WBC title. Guanini came in overweight which really annoyed Ball and her team, leading to a scramble to see what belt could be put on the line. Ball deserves the world title and boy did she show why. Whilst Shannon Courtenay will rue her loss because it was a real opportunity lost, because here is what she could have been walking away with had she got past Ball. This showed why looking past an opponent can be so dangerous as Rachel Ball has her feet under the elite table and deservedly so.

Super featherweight Terri Harper then successfully defended her WBC and IBO titles against Katharina Thanderz with a 9th round stoppage that was impressive too. When you discover that she had broken her hand in the 4th and fought on for 5 more rounds, it is even more impressive, but Harper showed that she was clearly a class above and deserved the win.

The best was yet to come. Top of the bill Katie Taylor put on a masterclass in her points win over Miriam Guitierrez to retain her 4 belts – the WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC. Talk turns to the riches of the sport very quickly but this showed why she should be hailed as the pound for pound queen of women’s boxing. Whilst we are looking ahead to what might come we should savour for the moment what we have in front of us which is a true scholar of the game and exponent of the sweetest of sciences.

In support Scottish Ukashir Farooq did the necessary by beating Angel Aviles on points to pick up the WBA continental bantamweight title – Aviles also did not make weight so only Farooq had the opportunity of the belt. If Lee MacGregor can get back fit from his COVID diagnosis and get past his next fight, the European title challenge, a rematch right now would be the wee guy’s equivalent of Dubois/Joyce.  

Meanwhile across the pond in The Bubble, Las Vegas, Terence Crawford stopped Kell Brook and probably ended his career in the 4th round. Up until that point Brook was competing and doing well but then switched off and the damage was done. The WBO belt stays with Crawford who looked the elite fighter that he is, and Manny Pacquiao may be next. Amir Khan for Kell Brook now? Too late, too late…

Also, on the bill the WBO super flyweight title fight between Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney ended in the 2nd round as Franco had eye damage from an accidental headbutt that meant the contest was stopped. Maloney was unimpressed and there is a suggestion that there was no headbutt, but a legitimate punch caused the damage. A third fight? Perhaps…

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