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.

Fight Night Review 13th October 2018

On Saturday Night Newcastle hosted a packed night of quality boxing, here’s my fight night review of all the action.

Lewis Ritson V Francisco Patera

After a great fight Francisco Patera shocked Newcastle as he wins a split decision.

In the 1st round Ritson looked to get straight down to work, working off the jab then looking to follow it up with the right hand. He’s doing a good job of mixing his shots up to the head and body. Patera made a bright start to the 2nd but Ritson just kept walking forward throwing his own shots it looks already like Patera’s nose has gone, and Ritson just keeps landing shots. In the 3rd Ritson just picked up were he left off working off the jab then landing the power shot and even when he’s not throwing he’s keeping the pressure on Patera, how much more can Patera take. In the 4th Ritson just kept hunting Patera down but Patera was having success of his own he just hasn’t got the power to hurt Ritson. At the start of the 5th Patera made a good start landing shots to the head and body, Patera is slowly starting to come into this fight as he rocked Ritson slightly.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Ritson 4 up but Ritson needs to be careful as it looks like Patera is coming into the fight. In the 6th Ritson wasn’t taking a backward step but the better quality combinations where coming from Patera. Toward the end of the round Ritson rocked Patera but he came straight back. In the 7th Patera started well this is becoming a very close fight Ritson needs to start landing combinations, however it does look like Patera is feeling the pace but then out of nowhere he rocked Ritson and he looked ready to go. At the start of the 8th it looked like Patera was going looking for the finish with next to nothing coming back from Ritson. Once again at the end of the round Ritson was rocked and he needed the bell.

Going into the championship rounds I had Patera 2 rounds up and Ritson looked like he’s got nothing left in the tank. In the 9th Ritson has completely stopped throwing combinations he’s just throwing single shots. In the 10th Ritson was starting to look a bit one dimensional and Patera knows what’s coming and he’s just able to block it. Then Patera lands another hard combination which rocks Ritson yet again and he had to hold. He looks ready to go he needs the bell, somehow he makes it to the bell, but if Patera has another round like that the fight could be over. In the 11th Patera is light on his feet and Ritson looks out of gas and like he doesn’t know what to do. Midway through the round Ritson is able to land power shots but it still not enough for him to win the round.

Going into the final round Ritson needs a knockout on my card. In the 12th Patera was able to go toe to toe with Ritson. Ritson was getting into the pocket but he’s not landing anything. So to the judges we go I had it to Patera by 1, but whatever happens I would love to see a rematch of this one.

Robbie Davis Jr V Glenn Foot

Robbie Davis Jr wins a wide unanimous decision to win the British and Commonwealth titles.

In the 1st round both men where trying to find their range and distance working off the jab. The game plan for both of them was clear Foot wants to be on the front foot and Davis wants to keep it at range. It was a close round but I think Davis just edged it. At the start of the 2nd round Foot landed some good shots but it was another close round this is shaping up to be a good fight. In the 3rd Foot was staying on the front foot but he wasn’t landing anything clean. Midway through the round Foot rocked Davis and his face is a bloody mess, at this point in the fight Foot is getting the better of the exchanges. At the start of the 4th Davis rocked Foot but back came Foot with shots to the body. This is a very scrappy fight with the clash of styles. In the 5th it was a another scrappy round but a close round but I think the better work came from Davis

Going into the second half of the fight I had Davis 2 up but it’s a very close fight. At the start of the 6th it looked like Foot was trying to up the pace but he was just hitting fresh air, but by the midway point in the round Foot did land some good body shots but still the better quality was coming from Davis. The 7th was much the same as the rest of the fight with Davis trying to box and Foot trying to get on the inside and make it scrappy. Toward the end of the round it looked like Davis lost his shape and it looked like he was feeling the pace. In the 8th the fight was still very scrappy but now it looks like Foot is having the better of it. However Davis is doing a better job of keeping the fight at range which means he’s able to land the quality punches. Davis made a bright start to the 9th Foot is been aggressive on the front foot but he’s not landing anything, and now it looks like Foot is feeling the pace.

So into the championship rounds we go and I’ve got Davis 5 rounds up. In the 10th Foot looked like he’s got nothing left and Davis is able to just land his shots. At this point in the fight surely the only way Foot can win would be by knockout and I just can’t see that happening. In the 11th it looked like Foot knew he was behind but he just couldn’t do anything about it. Davis has now taken control of the fight.

Going into the final round I had it very wide to Davis and it looked like there’s nothing Foot can do about it. The final round was the same as the second half of the fight Foot coming forward but doing nothing with it and Davis was just able to pick him off.

For a fight that I’ve really been looking forward to it hasn’t been a classic there won’t be a rematch of this one.

Joshua Buatsi V Tony Averlant

Joshua Buatsi continued his perfect start to his career with an opening round stoppage.

In the opening round Buatsi was working off the jab then going down stairs to the body with less than a minute gone in the fight Averlant hit the canvas off 1 of those body shots, he beats the count and Buatsi is going looking for the finish. Buatsi continued to go to the body then move up to the head it looks like Averlant has no answer. Then with 20 seconds to go in the round he goes down again and this time it looks like he doesn’t want to get up, he tried to beat the count but as he got up he went down again and the referee waved it off.

David Allen V Samir Nebo

David Allen scores a knockout in the first minute of the opening round

From the opening bell Allen went straight to the body then with over 2 minutes to go in the round Nebo hit the canvas off a huge body shot and the referee waved it off.

Simon Vallily V Craig Glover

Craig Glover out classed Simon Vallily to score an 8th round stoppage.

The 1st round started slowly with Glover trying to work his way in off the jab, in the early going both men where landing good shots to the body. Then Glover timed a perfect left hook which put Vallily on the canvas he beat the count but he looks very unsteady on his legs. Now Glover is going looking for the finish but Vallily made it to the bell. At the start of the 2nd Glover was landing power shots to the body rocking Vallily more than once it looked like Glover could land at will. However Glover had to be careful because Vallily is a hard puncher. In the 3rd Glover continued to work off the jab and Vallily is just looking for 1 good shot. Glover continued to work the body and Vallily doesn’t look like his minds on the fight. At the start of the 4th Glover continued to box really well landing shots to the head and body as well as some real nice combinations. Glover kept landing heavy shots it looks like it’s only a matter of time before he gets the stoppage.

Going into the second half of the fight Glover has won every round and is boxing really well. In the 5th Glover kept landing big left hands, then things went from bad to worst for Vallily as he had a point deducted for a deliberate head butt. Throughout the whole fight Vallily just looks disinterested and like he doesn’t want to be there. In the 6th Glover stuck to his boxing landing shots to the head and body. Then he landed another big combination I think Vallily’s corner should think about pulling him out. In the 7th it was much the same with Glover doing everything right landing some nice shots. In the 8th Glover was going for the finish landing 3 or 4 big shots giving the referee no choice but to stop the fight.

Also on the bill:

John Docherty: Won his professional debut in just 18 seconds.

Anthony Fowler: Continued his perfect start to his professional career with a 5th round knockout.

Joe Laws: move to 3-0 with a 4th round stoppage.

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Fight Night Review 21st April 2018

On Saturday night The Echo Arena in Liverpool hosted a packed night of boxing action. Here’s my fight night review of all the action.

Amir Khan V Paul Lo Greco

Amir Khan gets back down to business with a 1st round knockout victory.

In the 1st round Khan came out looking to land shots in the opening seconds he landed a right hand which sent Lo Greco to the canvas but he beat the count. Seconds later Lo Greco hit the canvas again and the referee waved it off. The fight only lasted 40 seconds

Sean Dodd V Tommy Coyle

Tommy Coyle puts in a career best performance to stop Sean Dodd and become the Commonwealth champion.

In the 1st round Coyle was very much on the front foot but it was a close round with not much to split them Coyle might of just edged it as he was more aggressive. In the 2nd round Coyle continued to be on the front foot but he’s not landing much. This is a different fight to the one I was expecting, I thought Coyle would look to end it early because Dodd is known as a slow starter. The 3rd round was still very cagey but Coyle seems to be having more success in this round. Toward the end of the round Coyle rocked Dodd with a right hand and he looked ready to go but somehow he made it to the bell. At the start of the 4th Dodd still didn’t look fully recovered from that onslaught in the last round. Coyle was doing the right things sticking to his boxing and not going looking for the knockout. Toward the end of the round Dodd started to have some success, he landed a big shot on Coyle but then Coyle came back with a big shot of his own which sent Dodd to the canvas. He beat the count but he still doesn’t look fully recovered, Coyle now goes looking for the finish but again Dodd makes it to the end of the round. In the 5th round Dodd was still on wobbly legs and Coyle was starting to land at will. However Dodd was still trying to fight back but he seems to have nothing that could hurt Coyle.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Coyle 4 up and boxing well it seems like only a matter of time before he gets Dodd out of there. In the 6th round Coyle was sticking to his boxing doing nothing silly just waiting for his opportunity to strike. With a minute to go Coyle lands a hook and Dodd crashes to the canvas he beat the count, but now Coyle can smell blood an he goes looking for the finish. With Dodd taking a barrage of punches the towel comes in from the corner.

Conor Benn V Chris Truman

Conor Benn was back with a bang with a 4th round knockout.

In the 1st round Benn came out working off the jab, it’s early in the round but Benn is already looking to land the power shots. It’s seems like Benn can’t miss at the moment this one isn’t going to last long. In the 2nd round it looked like Benn was looking for the finish, Benn’s punch selection is much better in this fight. In the 3rd round Benn continued to land big shots to the body and head, there seems to be nothing Truman can do to keep Benn off him. In the 4th Benn seemed to have up the tempo and he’s started to work on his combinations more. With 2 minutes to go in the round Benn landed the perfect upper cut and sent Truman to the canvas, and the referee waved it off as Truman was on unsteady legs

Sam Eggington V Achilles Szabo

Sam Eggington gets back to winning ways with a 2nd round knockout of an overmatched opponent.

In the 1st round Eggington was moving well and working well off the jab. Throughout the round Eggington landed a number of big shots to the body. In the 2nd round Eggington continued to land shots to the body, and with just over a minute gone in the round Szabo goes down off another big shot. He beat the count but it doesn’t look like this one is going to last much longer. Seconds later Szabo hits the canvas again and this time off a head shot once again he beats the count. Eggington is now going looking for the finish landing at will finally the referee says enough is enough and stops the fight.

Natasha Jonas V Taoussy L’Hadji

In Just her 6th fight Natasha Jonas wins her first professional title over a very tough Taoussy L’Hadji.

In the 1st round Jonas was working well off the jab then following it up with the right hand. However you can see that L’Hadji hasn’t just come over for a pay day this could be a good hard fight. In the 2nd round Jonas continued to work off the jab she was landing some good shots to both head and body. However L’Hadji was having success of her own. In the 3rd Jonas seems to be looking to get more power into her shots, although a lot of her shots are falling short and she’s getting caught on the counter. Toward the end of the round Jonas seemed to be having more success but she’s not having this all her own way. In the 4th Jonas was boxing much better, there seemed to be less coming back from L’Hadji although she still moving and making Jonas work.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Jonas up by 3 but it’s a much harder fight than I was expecting. In the 5th L’Hadji came out letting her hands go but by the end of the round Jonas was back in control. In the 6th it looked like Jonas has upped her work rate but L’Hadji won’t take a backward step. In the 7th L’Hadji seemed to be having more success. Toward the end of the round Jonas landed a big shot which hurt L’Hadji then she hit the canvas she beat the count, but the referee waved it off.

Also On The Bill:

Anthony Fowler: Anthony Fowler moves to 6-0 with a 2nd knockout off a nice body shot.

Hope you enjoyed the fights comment below and let me know your thoughts. Can Amir Khan win another world title?

Fight Night Preview 21st April 2018

On Saturday night The Echo Arena in Liverpool is playing host to a pack night of action, all the action is live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm. Here’s my fight night preview of all the action.

Amir Khan V Paul Lo Greco

Of course there is only one place to start this week the world wants to know how much Amir Khan has got left in the tank. He comes into this must win fight with a record of 34-4 with 19 knockouts. He’s won 5 out of his last 6 fights but only 1 of them by knockout. In his last fight he was knocked clean out by Canelo Alvarez in the 6th round, however that fight was up at Middleweight and for this fight he’s back down at his natural weight of Welterweight.

Paul Lo Greco comes into this fight with a record of 28-3 with 15 knockouts. His recent form has been a bit hit and miss as he has only won 3 out of his last 6 fights, only 1 of them by knockout last time out he won a split decision over Jesus Gurrloa

Not only is this a must win fight for Khan it’s going to be a fight of firsts it’s his first fight for Matchroom and his first fight with a new trainer in the corner. I think he will look to get off to a fast start and look for the knockout early. As not only does he need to win this fight he needs to do it in impressive fashion if he wants to get back in the world title picture.

Sean Dodd V Tommy Coyle

This fight is for the Commonwealth title and it will be Dodd’s 2nd defence. He comes into this fight with a record of 15-2-1 with 3 knockouts. He has won 5 out of his last 6 fights with 1 draw, however only 1 of his recent wins has come by knockout. In his last fight he out boxed the former Olympian Tom Stalker to retain his title.

Tommy Coyle comes into this title fight with a record of 23-4 with 11 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights, 3 of them by knockout. In his last fight he knocked out Rakeem Noble in the 3rd round to set up this title fight.

I have been looking forward to this one since it was announced I think it has all the ingredients to be fight of the night. There’s no question that Dodd is the better boxer of the two however if Coyle can start landing his power shots then it could be a completely different story. I can see Dodd winning it on points but the way Coyle fights it’s only going to take him 1 good shot to end the fight, and that’s what makes this fight so exciting to watch.

Conor Benn V Chris Truman

Conor Benn will be looking to carry on his perfect start to his professional career as he comes into this fight with a record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts. However he’s going to have to put in a much better performance than in his last fight as at one point it looked like he was going to be knocked out. Yes he won the fight but I for one had him losing by 2 rounds.

Chris Truman comes into this fight with a record of 13-8-2 with only 2 knockouts. He’s only won 2 of his last 6 fights, 1 of them by knockout. In his last fight he lost on points to the undefeated Akeem Ennis Brown.

I think Benn will come out to prove a point and go looking for the knockout early to prove that his last fight was just a bad night at the office, and he’s ready to be stepped up. I think he’s capable of fighting for a world title by the end of the year.

Sam Eggington V Achilles Szabo

Sam Eggington will be looking to get his career back on track after losing last time out, he comes into this fight with a record of 21-4 with 13 knockouts. He’s won 4 out of his last 6 fights all of those wins have come by knockout. Unfortunately in his last fight he lost a very tight split decision in a fight for the European title.

Achilles Szabo comes into this fight with a record of 21-18 with 10 knockouts. He’s only won 2 of his last 6 fights, both of those wins came by knockout. In his last fight he lost to Gogi Knezevic by unanimous decision.

On paper at least this should be an easy fight for Eggington, I think he will look to use his boxing skills at the start. Then look for the finish in the middle to late rounds.

Natasha Jonas V Taoussy L’Hadji

Natasha Jonas will be hoping to continue her perfect start to her professional career as she comes into this fight with a record of 5-0 with 4 knockouts. In her last fight she put on an excellent boxing display to win on points for the first time in her career.

Taoussy L’Hadji Comes into this fight with a record of 5-6-1 with no knockouts. She hasn’t won any of her last 6 fights, with 5 losses and 1 draw. In her last fight she drew with Licia Boudersa.

I can see Jonas finishing this one quickly, she’s another boxer I can see fighting for a world title by the end of the year.

Also on the bill:

Anthony Fowler will also be looking to extend his undefeated start to his career but at the time of writing this preview his opponent had not been confirmed.

Enjoy the fights and comment below and let me know your predictions.