Once again last weekend there were questions asked and once again some emphatic answers.
On Saturday the 21st of November at the Wembley Arena, Matchroom brought us heavyweight Alen “The Savage” Babic, the busiest boxer in the pandemic as he demolished Tom Little, in 3 rounds. Babic is a serious character with a great persona that is incredibly marketable, with the marketing guru of gurus, Eddie Hearn and the bombastic Dillian Whyte in his corner. What could possibly go wrong – we are tuning in regularly to find out!
Heavyweight Fabio Wardley stepped up in quality and dispatched gateway fighter, Richard Lartey quicker than any other British heavyweight has done. This was a test Wardley passed with flying colours – who is next is tricky, but he is emerging and a British title, if the winner of Dubois/Joyce relinquishes the belt after winning it tonight?
Top of the bill was a welterweight, we all had doubts about. Possibly the most improved fighter in the UK is Conor Benn. We cancraw as much as we want up about his opponent, Sebastian Formelia who has now gone two fights and not really won a round in either, but he was a world titlist. Benn made mincemeat of him and kept his WBA continental belt. I may be alone in wanting Benn to follow his father’s advice and follow his own path. I disagree with Connor because, for me, he should avoid Josh Kelly until they both have world titles – THEN the fight is cooking with gas. Right now, we are getting served some real domestic crackers and this would be a fantastic addition, but they need to be in the oven for the right amount of time and come served with the trinkets on the side. Joyce/Dubois shall be for the British, Commonwealth and European belts – a true ready-made boxing triple made even more special as the WBO and WBC have added a couple of titles in there too…
Oh, and of course, anyone for Benn/Eubank III…
Last night, Friday the 27th of November, in Lazio, super featherweight Michael Magnesi stopped Patrick Kinigamazi in the fifth round to become the IBO world champion and over in Florida welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov proved himself beyond reasonable doubt as he stopped Julius Indongo for the IBF intercontinental title in only the second round. Also, on the card, Danny Jacobs got a split decision win over Gabriel Rosado.