Last weekend on Saturday the 13th of March in Dallas, it was a tale of two different results as one got revenge and the other repeated the result of their previous fights. They were the two rematches that were the star attraction in the Lone Star State. A classic was predicted and both El Chocolatito, Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada provided one in their unification battle for the WBC and WBA belts. The super flyweights delivered a highly competitive and fascinating fight before Estrada got the nod on points. A split decision win for the Mexican sparked calls for a third fight with his Nicaraguan opponent. Given what the second one gave us, that’s a decent shout!
Also, on the card and in the other rematch, Jessica McCaskill dominated Cecilia Breakhaus to defend and retain the welterweight belts from the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO. The rematch with Katie Taylor will have to wait until Taylor defends her belts in the UK on the 1st May against Natasha Jonas, but if Taylor gets through that, the McCaskill rematch is a very tasty tie. Given the evidence of McCaskill being completely in charge from the first bell, it would be a very hard night for Taylor.
Last night, Friday the 19th of March in Bolton the British lightweight title action saw the fairy story of one Maxi Hughes keep going as he stopped Paul Hyland Jr in the eighth round. Hughes is still riding the wave that began with beating Jono Carroll and then defeating Viktor Kotochigov and he is now the British champion when many would not have seen that coming!
Finally, and top of the bill was the EBU bantamweight title fight between Karim Guerfi and our own Lee MacGregor. MacGregor stopped the hyper tough Guerfi in the first round with sickening body shots and is now the European, Commonwealth and British title holder after ten fights! That’s a special accomplishment. Given what has been recently happening with some fighters being moved on too quickly, caution would seem to be the suitable advice, throwing it to the wind is the exciting prospect as MacGregor was simply magnificent, hunted his prey in the very first three minutes and tucked them away for breakfast…