Fight Night Review 8th December 2018

On Saturday night Sheffield gave us a packed night of boxing action, here’s my fight night review of all the action.

Kell Brook V Michael Zerafa

Kell Brook wins a wide unanimous decision but has he past his best.

From the opening bell Brook looked to land big shots and Zerafa just looks slow, at this rate Zerafa will be lucky to make it through the opening round but somehow he made it to the bell. In the 2nd round Brook just picked up where he left off landing big shots, however in this round Zerafa did have some success. In the 3rd round Zerafa was starting to have more success Brook will have to be careful if Zerafa starts to grow in confidence this could be a much harder fight. Then back comes Brook with good shots of his own. In the 4th Brook was landing big shots but then back came Zerafa. Although Brook is clearly winning this fight if he wants to get into the world title picture he needs to be getting rid of the likes of Zerafa. At the start of the 5th Zerafa was landing some good shots has Kell Brook taken Zerafa too lightly.

Going into the second half of the fight Brook has won every round but it’s not the performance anyone was expecting. In the 6th round Brook was back behind his jab but he wasn’t following up with anything. At the end of the round Brook rocked Zerafa but he took it well. In the 7th Brook was landing the better quality shots. Midway through the round Brook rocked Zerafa but then back he came. In the 8th Brook was starting to walk Zerafa down and land big shots, but then back came Zerafa. The 9th was much the same as the rest of the fight yes he won the round but he’s taking too many shots, and then Zerafa rocked Brook and he looked ready to go.

Into the championship rounds we go Brook is winning the fight but it’s a terrible performance. In the 10th Brook was looking tired against a better opponent he would have been taken out by now. In the 11th Brook continued to walk forward and land shots then back came Zerafa Brook is having to force all his work.

Going into the final round I had Brook 10 rounds up. In the 12th round Brook went looking for the finish, but once again back came Zerafa. At the final bell I had Brook 11 rounds up but that doesn’t tell the story of the fight.

Jono Carroll V Guillaume Frenois

The Judges couldn’t split them as the fight is scored a draw so will we see a rematch as this was an eliminator for the world title.

In the 1st round Frenois was on the front foot looking to make Carroll work so he can throw on the counter. It was a close round but Carroll just got the better of it. In the 2nd it looked like Carroll was trying to go to the body, However Frenois is having a lot of success of his own, with seconds to go in the round Frenois was rocked and he looked ready to go but he made it to the bell. In the 3rd the better quality boxing was coming from Frenois but it was another close round. I know it’s early but this could be fight of the night, again at the end of the round Frenois was rocked . At the start of the 4th you could see that Carroll was growing in confidence. It’s only the 4th round but it looks like Frenois is starting to feel the pace. At this point in the fight all the good work was coming from Carroll. In the 5th both men seemed happy to let their hands go, although Frenois’s jab still looked sharp and he’s having a good round the quality shots were coming from Carroll.

Going into the second half of the fight I have Carroll 4 rounds up he just needs to keep the pace up and not walk into a shot. In the 6th Carroll was landing some good shots to the head, but Frenois is coming back well. Carroll needs to stop loading up with every shot. In the 7th Carroll was still landing some good shots he’s doing better in this round of not loading up and just using his boxing skills. In the 8th Carroll once again looked like he was just looking for that one big shot and Frenois is able to counter. In the 9th Carroll was landing some good shots to the body that could work well for him as we go down the stretch

So into the championship rounds we go and I had Carroll 2 rounds up. In the 10th both men let their hands go and Frenois was having the better of it. If Carroll was to use his boxing skills he would win this fight. In the 11th Carroll has gone back to his boxing but now it’s Frenois having the better of it, Carroll is starting to look like he’s struggling.

Going into the final round I had it a draw so it’s all to play for in this round. In the 12th Carroll started well but both were having success I couldn’t split them in this round so at the final bell I have it a draw.

Kid Galahad V Brayan Mairena

Kid Galahad put in a good performance to win on point’s next stop for him a world title shot.

In the 1st round Galahad came out looking to land big shots, it looks like he’s trying to make a statement. However Mairena was looking to make a fight of it throwing shots of his own. In the 2nd round Galahad stayed on the front foot landing shots to the head and body, although he’s still not having it his own way as Mairena is making him work. In the 3rd Mairena came out looking to let his hands go however it’s not really working for him as he’s getting caught on the counter. It looks in this round like Galahad has up the pace landing combinations. In the 4th round Galahad continued to box well staying on the front foot, at the moment it looks like Galahad can land at will. In the 5th Galahad just stuck to his boxing skills, this has been a good performance from Galahad the only thing missing is the stoppage. The 6th was much the same as the rest of the fight to be honest I think Mairenas corner should think about pulling him out because he’s never going to win this fight. In the 7th Mairena was just hanging in there as Galahad is just able to do what he wants. In the final round Galahad just kept landing good shots with nothing coming back from Mairena.

Also On The Bill:

Anthony Fowler: Scored a stunning knockout in the opening round to move to 9-0.

Terri Harper: Scored a 2nd round knockout to move to 5-0.

Qais Ashfaq: Put in a punch perfect performance to score a 5th round knockout to move to 4-0.

Josh Kelly had to withdraw from his fight due to illness, however the fight has been rescheduled.

Hope you enjoyed the fights and comment below and let me know your thoughts. What was your fight of the night?

Fight Night Preview 8th December 2018

Ok fight fans it’s that time of the week again fight night preview time. This week we are in the steel city of Sheffield for a packed night of boxing, all the action is live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.

Kell Brook V Michael Zerafa

Kell Brook comes into this fight with a record of 37-2 with 26 knockouts. He has won 4 out of his last 6 fights. He’s still trying to rebuild his career after those two back to back defeats, in his last fight he knocked out Siarhei Rabchanka in the 2nd round in his first fight at Super Welterweight.

Michael Zerafa comes into this fight with a record of 25-2 with 14 knockouts. He has won all of his last 6 fights, 3 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Jose Agustin Feria in the 3rd round to retain his WBA Oceania title.

This is a must win fight for both men if they want to stay in the world title mix, on paper at least this should be a close fight because we’ve got two fighters with similar records going head to head. However I can only see one winner in this and that is Brook, I think he will look to make a fast start and get the knockout early. Many people saw this fight as a keep warm fight for Brook before he finally takes on Amir Khan next year. Although that fight is looking increasingly unlikely as it now looks like Khan is looking to fight Terence Crawford.

Jono Carroll V Guillaume Frenois

This fight is a final eliminator for the IBF Super Featherweight title. Jono Carroll comes into this fight looking to continue his perfect start to his professional career as he comes into this fight with a record of 16-0 with 3 knockouts. He has knocked out 2 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he knocked out Declan Gerghty in the 9th round to retain his IBF intercontinental title.

Guillaume Frenois comes into this fight with a record of 46-1 with 12 knockouts. He has won all of his last 6 fights, 3 of them by knockout in his last fight he knocked out Michal Dufek in the 4th round.

You have to make Carroll the favourite for this one although Frenois is more experienced, Carroll is undefeated and he’s been fighting at a much higher level. I can see Carroll winning on points or by knockout in the late rounds.

Josh Kelly V David Avanesyan

Josh Kelly will be looking to continue his perfect start to his professional career as he comes into this fight with a record of 8-0 with 6 knockouts. He has knocked out 4 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he knocked out Walter Fabian Castillo in the opening round. This will be his first fight where he is scheduled to do the full 12 round distance.

David Avanesyan comes into this fight with a record of 23-3-1 with 11 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights, 2 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he was knocked out by the undefeated Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the 6th round.

I think this could be a really interesting fight because Kelly is a fast starter but he’s never done 12 rounds before so it will be interesting to see if he can sustain his pace for the whole fight. With that been said I still think he will get the stoppage by the middle rounds.

Kid Galahad V Brayan Mairena

Kid Galahad comes into this fight with an undefeated record of 25-0 with 15 knockouts. He has knocked out 4 of his last 6 opponents. In his last fight he put in a lacklustre performance to win a unanimous decision over Toka Kahn Clary.

Brayan Mairena comes into this fight with a record of 10-4-1 with 4 knockouts. He has only won 2 out of his last 6 fights with only 1 knockout. He is currently on a 4 fight losing streak, in his last fight he lost to another British fighter In Reece Bellotti who beat him on points.

Kid Galahad has to be the favourite for this one due to Mairenas recent form. I think that Galahad will look to make a fast start to prove to himself and all the people that questioned him after his last fight that it was just a bad night at the office.

Also On The Bill:

Anthony Fowler: Will be looking to end the year on a high and keep his undefeated record but at the time of writing this preview his opponent had not been confirmed.

Hope you enjoy the fights and please comment below and let me know your predictions.

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Fight Night Review 30th November 2018

On Friday night we saw a packed night of boxing action from Italy, here’s my fight night review of all the action.

Andrea Scarpa V Joe Hughes

Joe Hughes put in a punch perfect performance to win a split decision to become the new European champion

Hughes made a bright start in the opening round working well off the jab then following it up and making Scarpa take a step back. In the 2nd Hughes landed some nice shots then going back to his jab, in looks like at the moment Scarpa can’t land a glove on Hughes. At the start of the 3rd Hughes continued to land good shots, but Scarpa is having a better round but was it enough for him to win the round. In the 4th Hughes was having success with the jab then going to the body. At times it looks like Scarpa doesn’t want to be there and Hughes is landing at will. In the 5th Hughes continued to work well off the jab he’s clearly boxing to a game plan, as the fight goes on I can see Hughes getting the stoppage.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Hughes 4 rounds up and boxing really well. In the 6th Hughes continued to land his shots and Scarpa is just walking round the ring. In the 7th round Hughes picked up where he left off, but in this round Scarpa is looking to throw more shots. In the 8th round Hughes was starting to fall short with his shots but there was still not much coming from Scarpa. At the start of the 9th Hughes landed some good shots it looked like he’s trying to up the pace to get the stoppage. In the 10th Hughes continued to box well Hughes landed at will with his jab. In the 11th it was starting to look more like a sparring session then a fight with Hughes able to do whatever he wants

Going into the final round I had Hughes 8 rounds up. In the 12th Hughes just did what he’s done for the whole of the fight landing the jab then landing the hook. This has probably been one of the best performances of Hughes’s career. At the final bell I had Hughes 9 rounds up.

Devis Boschiero V Martin J Ward

Martin J Ward wins a controversial split decision.

In the 1st round Ward came out working off the jab, Boschiero was walking forward but he wasn’t landing anything. Ward started well but he needs to start throwing combinations. In the 2nd Ward continued to work well off the jab, but then Boschiero landed a good shot of his own. Ward needs to stop Boschiero from closing the distance, take a step back then throw a shot. In the 3rd Ward continued to box well but Boschiero is having a good round, Ward needs to get back to his game plan because the more success Boschiero has the more he’s going to grow in confidence. In the 4th Ward was doing a good job of going to the body it looks like Boschiero is starting to feel the pace. It’s starting to look like Ward is taking control of the fight. The start of the 5th was a bit scrappy but still most of the quality was coming from Ward.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Ward 4 rounds up and boxing well it would be nice to see him step it up and go looking for the stoppage. In the 6th Ward continued to work off the jab although Boschiero isn’t taking a backward step he’s not really landing anything clean, but toward the end of the round Boschiero started to let his hands go. In the 7th Ward continued to go to the body but he is starting to get drawn into Boschiero’s type of fight. By the midway point Ward started to take control again. At the start of the 8th Boschiero started to let his hands go again but he’s taking too many shots on the way in. Throughout the round the better work was coming from Ward. Boschiero made a bright start to the 9th but then Ward took control again landing a number of good shots and he’s starting to push Boschiero back. In the 10th round Ward still looked fresh landing good shots to the body, he just has to make sure that he doesn’t get careless. In the 11th Ward just stuck to his boxing working well off the jab but it would be nice to see him let his hands go more. Then Ward had a point taken for using the elbow to me that looked harsh.

Going into the final round I had it very wide to Ward. In the 12th Boschiero continued to come forward but still the better shots were coming from Ward. At the final bell I had Ward winning it by 10 rounds.

Fabio Turchi V Tony Conquest

Fabio Turchi scored a 7th round knockout but Tony Conquest put in a good performance

The 1st round started a bit cagey both men just finding their range there wasn’t much in it but the better work was coming from Turchi. At the start of the 2nd Conquest was working well off the jab but then he was reaching with his right hand, but he definitely seems to be growing in confidence. In the 3rd both were looking to be on the front foot this is another close round I think this one could come down to what you like. In the 4th Conquest looked to continue to land big shots this has been a much better fight than I thought it would be.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Conquest 1 round up. In the 5th Turchi was starting to take control of the fight landing some good shots and bullying Conquest. In the 6th Turchi continued to control the fight on the inside. However Conquest is trying to take a step back to create some distance. At the start of the 7th Conquest hit the canvas off a volume of punches and straight away it was clear he wasn’t going to beat the count.

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Fight Night Preview 30th November 2018

Ok fight fans it’s that time of the week again fight night preview time this Friday we are in Italy for a night of championship action. All the action will be live on Sky Sports Action from 8pm.

Andrea Scarpa V Joe Hughes

This fight is for the vacant European Super Lightweight title. Andrea Scarpa comes into this title fight with a record of 23-4 with 10 knockouts. He has won 4 out of his last 6 fights, but only 1 of those wins came by knockout. Last time out he beat Luka Leskovic on points to set up this title fight.

Joe Hughes comes into this fight with a record of 16-3-1 with 7 knockouts. He has won 3 out of his last 6 fights with 2 losses and 1 draw, however only 1 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he stopped Ruben Rodríguez in the 6th round.

This is going to be a very close fight that will probably go the distance because neither man are big punchers. Although this should be an entertaining fight to watch if I had to pick a winner I would go for Scarpa because he’s the home fighter and he’s fought at this level before.

Devis Boschiero V Martin J Ward

This fight is for the vacant WBA International Silver championship. Devis Boschiero comes into this fight with a record of 46-5-2 with 21 knockouts. He has won 5 out of his last 6 fights but none of those wins came by knockout. The only blot on his recent record came in his last fight when he was held to a draw by Maycal Antonio Escobar Cuevas.

Martin J Ward comes into this fight with a record of 20-1-2 with 10 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights, 2 of them by knockout. He’s done well to get his career back on track after been knocked out by James Tennyson in the 5th round earlier this year. In his last fight he knocked out Mohammed Kambuluta in the 2nd round.

This is a must win fight for both men if they want to get into the world title picture. This is going to be a very close fight, I think Wards best chance of winning is to try and get off to a fast start and go looking for the knockout early. If not I can see Boschiero starting to take control and box his way home.

Fabio Turchi V Tony Conquest

This fight is for the WBC International Silver title. Fabio Turchi comes into this fight with a perfect professional record of 15-0 with 11 Knockouts. He’s knocked out 4 of his last 6 opponents, in his last fight he won a unanimous decision over Yassine Habachi.

Tony Conquest comes into this fight with a record of 18-2 with 6 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights, but only 1 of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he scored the knockout over Marcus Alberts in the 5th round

I think you have to make Turchi the big favourite for this one because he’s a big puncher, he’s undefeated and he’s the home fighter. I can see him coming out fast looking for the stoppage to make a statement. I think Conquests best and possibly only chance to win is to keep the fight at range and look to out box Turchi.

Hope you enjoy the fights and comment below and let me know your predictions

Fight Night Review 10th November 2018

On Saturday night The Manchester Arena gave us a packed night of boxing that will go down in history. Here’s my fight night review of all the action.

Oleksandr Usyk V Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew put in a brave effort before getting knocked out in the 8th round.

The 1st round was very cagey both men just trying to find their range and distance, neither man wanting to commit to early, there was nothing in it. In the 2nd round both men started to work off the jab Usyk is landing more shots, but Bellew was having great success to the body and Bellew is having the better off it. Usyk started the 3rd brightly but Bellew is doing a good job of landing on the counter and Usyk is walking on to shots. In the 4th Bellew started well but then he got caught by a shot from Usyk but he took it well. Then Bellew landed a big shot of his own which troubled Usyk. In the 5th both men were looking to land their shots. It looks like Usyk is having to force his work were as Bellew’s work is flowing.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Bellew 2 rounds up. At the start of the 6th Bellew was caught with a big shot, but he’s not letting Usyk settle. Bellew is working well off the jab, however you can see Usyk is coming into this fight. At the start of the 7th Usyk started going to the body and he got Bellew pinned on the ropes, then he came back with a shot of his own. It looks like Bellew could be feeling the pace. In the 8th Usyk is staying on the front foot rocking Bellew, then Usyk landed a perfect left hand to wipe out Bellew.

Anthony Crolla V Daud Yordan

Anthony Crolla wins a wide unanimous decision to set up a world title shot.

The 1st round started very cagey but Crolla was having success to the body. In the 2nd round both men came out looking to work off the jab, but Crolla still seen to be having the better of it. Crolla was still having success to the body. Yordan has had a better round but Crolla just edged it. Crolla started the 3rd well as the fight started to open up most of Crolla success was when he went to the body, that could pay off later in the fight. At the start of the 4th Yordan started to let his hands go but he’s taking too many shots before he gets off. In the 5th it looked like both men had up the pace still the better quality punches where coming from Crolla.

Going into the second half of the fight Crolla has won every round but it’s a quality fight. At the start of the 6th Crolla continued to go to the body well. Then out of nowhere Yordan landed a good body shot that hurt Crolla , and now he’s going to work landing combinations to the head and body. In the 7th Crolla is still throwing and landing shots but at this point in the fight the better work is coming from Yordan. In the 8th Crolla started brightly landing some good shots it looks like he’s got a 2nd wind. In the 9th Crolla continued to go to the body, but then Yordan came back with combinations of his own.

So into the championship rounds we go and I had Crolla 8 rounds up. In the 10th Yordan started to go for it I think he knows he’s a mile behind on the cards. In the 11th Yordan continued to throw shots but nothing was landing clean but he made Crolla work for every minute of every round

In the final round Yordan gave it everything he had but then back came Crolla with the better quality shots. At the final bell I had Crolla 9 rounds up.

Ricky Burns V Scott Cardle

Ricky Burns scored a stunning 3rd round knockout

In the 1st round both men were looking to use their boxing skills Burns was having the better of it cutting Cardle’s nose. At the start of the 2nd Burns continued to work off the jab then following it up with the right hand. Scott Cardle just looks like he’s been outclassed. In the 3rd round Burns just continued to tee off on Cardle, it doesn’t look like he’s got anything that can hurt Burns or keep him off. Then out of nowhere Burns landed the perfect right hand and he hit the canvas. He made it back to his feet but his legs where gone and the referee stopped the fight.

Josh Kelly V Walter Fabian Castillo

Josh Kelly continued his perfect start to his professional career with an opening round knockout.

In the 1st Kelly came out quickly using his boxing skills and then Castillo hit the canvas. He beat the count but Kelly just continued to land at will giving the referee no choice but to stop the fight.

David Allen V Ariel Esteban Bracomonte

David Allen won after the referee stopped the fight at the end of the 7th round on the advice of the doctor.

In the 1st round Bracomonte came out looking to let his hands go but Allen was doing a good job of keeping his head moving. At the end of the round Allen rocked Bracomonte with an uppercut. In the 2nd Allen was landing some good shots to the head and body but Bracomonte didn’t take a backward step. Toward the end of the round Bracomonte rocked Allen with a big combination. In the 3rd round both men continued to land big shots, Allen was rock but Allen came back with a good shot of his own and Bracomonte looked ready to go but somehow he made it to the bell. At the end of the 4th both men were landing big shots with both men getting rocked. However both men were looking tired.

Going into the second half of the fight in was close on the cards but whomever lands clean next will win. At the start of the 5th Allen landed a big right hand, this was a quiet round with both men feeling the pace. The 6th was another quiet round it’s starting to look like both men would just be happy to go the distance. This is an entertaining fight to watch but it’s not a good advert for heavyweight boxing. The 7th was much the same as the second half of the fight, but toward the end of the round Bracomonte was rocked again and his legs looked gone but again he made it to the bell. At the end of the round the referee stopped the fight on the advice of the doctor Bracomonte was clearly injured.

Sam Hyde V Richard Riakporhe

Richard Riakporhe remained undefeated as the towel came in from Hyde’s corner because of an eye injury.

In the 1st round both men came out looking to work off the jab, it was a close round but I think Riakporhe had the better of it. In the 2nd round Hyde tries to get in close but Riakporhe was able to keep him off with his jab. Toward the end of the round Hyde was having some success to the body. At the start of the 3rd Riakporhe was still working well off the jab he’s winning the rounds but it would be nice to see him let some of his power shots go. In the 4th round Riakporhe was still working and having more success. Midd way through the round Riakporhe started to let his power shots go.

Going into the second half of the fight Riakporhe has won every round Hyde is not boxing badly he’s just getting out worked. In the 5th Riakporhe was still looking to let his hands go. In the 6th Hyde looked to go to work but still the better quality work was still coming from Riakporhe. In the 7th round both were looking to throw power shots. In the 8th round Riakporhe got Hyde pinned on the ropes and Hyde’s eye is really swollen, so much so the towel came in from the corner.

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