Last weekend was another blast in the ring with Queensberry on Saturday the 5th of December at the beauty of the Church House, in Westminster with super bantamweight Michael Ramabeletsa losing to Chris Bourke for the WBC international title in a second round stoppage that put paid to his title ambitions.
Then light heavyweight Lyndon Arthur beat Anthony Yarde on points to defend and retain his Commonwealth belt. Yarde came away a very sore loser. His training regime has consistently been the focus of criticism and once again his lack of sparring was the major talking point. The fact is that the system he has been using has not brought him the rewards his undoubted ability ought. Is it time to change and find a new way of doing things or does he keep faith with his trainer and sort it all out in the next fight, or the next one, or the next one or…? It is clear what people are thinking but people like Tunde Ajayi bring characterful commentary to the sport and long may we welcome mavericks and those who don’t do things the way they have always been done! Yarde has said there shall be no changes, so let’s look forward to the next part of his colourful journey.
Over in the USA, in Texas, on the same night,the WBC and IBF titles at welterweight were on the line between Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia. It was certainly a lot better than Danny Jacobs v Daniel Rosado as Spence Jr won by wide point margins and was in front throughout – next?
Last night, Friday the 11th of December in Redditch super welterweight Sam Eggington wore down Ashley Theophane in Theophane’s final professional fight with Eggington stopping the veteran in the 5th round. Theophane leaves with his pride intact but the final loss on his record will not tell the story of an exceptional career. I have to say that I was mighty impressed with the Channel Five production values. The highlights package that came after the main fight with the two McKenna boys was a cracking addition for boxing fans.
Over in Sheffield it was also about retirement but a different type as heavyweight Kash Ali saw Danny Whittaker retire in the third round before flyweight Tommy Frank was forced to retire with an injured shoulder in the eighth round against Rosendo Hugo Guarneros with the IBF intercontinental title on the line.