What a weekend – the fights! Well even the ones in the rings were worthy!
Just to note that Roy Jones Jr drew with Iron Mike Tyson and thenone called for a rematch and the other said he would continue to exhibit. There are plenty who had plenty to say about it, but they were dwarfed in the furore that was a domestic dust up over the fights in London. The best comment by some considerable distance was Snoop Dog who said it was like watching his two uncles fighting at a barbecue. Some of us would like a ban on all future barbecues…
Queensberry Promotions, on Saturday the 28th of November in Church House, Westminster, London, England brought a cracking night of real boxing action which saw super lightweight Jack Catterall back in action as he awaits to see who he will face in his world title fight with a comfortable points win against Abderrazak Houya. Super welterweight Hamzah Sheerez then managed a 10th round stoppage against Guido Nicolas Pitto for the WBO European title. Both were entertaining fights and showed as I expected that we have some decent depth in the divisions.
Top of the bill was the heavyweight action between Daniel Dubois against Joe Joyce. I backed Dubois and I was wrong to do so. Joyce boxed beautifully and took away Dubois’ jab and then in the 10th round it was stopped. Did Dubois quit? Is Joyce ready for Usyk? Will Joyce fight for a world title next? Will Eddie Hearn apologise for throwing doubt on Dubois’ injury? Will Dubois ever box again as he fractured an eye socket and had nerve damage? It is ALL grist to the mill and prefect fodder for debate and the fury with which people joined in and fuelled the debate was almost as good as the fight itself. Fact remains – Joyce won.
The return of the Golden Contracts was a fantastic mid-week treat on Wednesday the 2nd of December in South Kirkby, with super featherweight James “Jazza” Dickens winning on points against Ryan Walsh for the WBO European title. At light heavyweight, the WBO European title went to Ricards Bolotniks over Serge Michel on points. Both were cracking fights and worthy finals – it was great that MTK managed to bring them to the ring during the pandemic.
We also saw super welterweight Daniel Egbunike lose on Harlem Eubank to Eubank in a fight of the unbeatens that saw Eubank grow and mature in front of us.
Finally, last night, Friday the 4th of December in the Wembley Arena Matchroom returned with some cracking action to round off a perfect week. Lightweight James Tennyson got rid of Josh O’Reilly in the very first round whilst fight of the night for me was the return of bantamweight Shannon Courtenay who took an initial onslaught from Dorota Norek, weathered it, stuck her out at reach and boxed to a cracking stoppage. Good to see the Baby Faced Assassin back and great to see the win. A rematch with Rachel Ball was suggested and we may have two of the best bantamweights in the world in the UK so a trilogy of these two in the ring would be great – but I may be getting greedy…
The main event was the fascinating super middleweight clash between Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray for Saunders’ WBO world title. Saunders managed to dominated, throughout but he got a really tough 12 rounds as he won rounds by whiskers but won them nonetheless. Murray hinted at retirement and he should head down that road with his head held high. The Jimmy White of British boxing he may be, and he should occupy that status as the best man never to win a world title with pride. In my and many other eyes he won world titles but a man who took on the elite and the best domestically has a special place in all our hearts. Last night Saunders showed why people duck him and why they shouldn’t; such is his enigma.