This Weekend we had a busy schedule with fights in Scotland, France and England. Here is a round-up of all the action starting with Scotland.
Scotland’s Josh Taylor (13-0, 11KOs) produced his best performance to date when he defeated Ukrainian veteran Viktor Postol (29-2, 12KOs) by unanimous decision at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
All three judges scored the fight 117-110, 118-110 and 119-108 all in favour of Taylor which was a very unfair reflection of how the fight actually went. Granted the 27-year-old deserved to win the fight but Postol pushed the youngster all the way in a close and competitive fight. ‘The Iceman’ got cut above the right eye in the second round and was sent down to the canvas from a left hook late in the tenth.
In a division that has been left wide open since Crawford’s departure the Scotsman should feel optimistic about his chances of world title glory. After Taylor’s victory over an accomplished opponent he has surely cemented his status as the world number one at 140lbs.
This victory now makes Taylor the mandatory challenger for the WBC title which is currently held by Jose Ramirez. Manger Barry McGuigan said after the fight: “One of his heroes is Ken Buchanan, who went to Panama to win a world title and then unified it in Madison Square Gardens. Josh would love to do something like that.”
“It’s different in that Ken had to travel as he didn’t have the backing back here, he didn’t have broadcaster behind him like Josh. These are definitive fights when you go to these places and win. Ken had to go on the road to fight the likes of Ismael Laguna and Carlos Ortiz out there.
“I’m not worried about him fighting Jose Ramirez in New York. It will be a tough fight but I think he beats him.”
With the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) announcing three weight divisions for season 2 the successful knockout tournament is ready to announce the super-lightweight division as one of them. Regis Prograis (21-0, 16KOs) is the WBC interim champion and Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19KOs) has the WBA strap and both are likely to be involved while Ramirez has ruled himself out. Maurice Hooker (24-0-3, 16KOs) who recently picked up the vacant WBO title against Terry Flanagan (33-1, 13KOs) is also rumoured to what to join the tournament which would surely give Team Taylor the incentive to choose the WBSS over Ramirez.
McGuigan wants to wait for the tournament to be finalized before committing Taylor to a fight with Ramirez: “I wouldn’t like to take him to the west coast of the States simply because Ramirez is very popular out there. But we’ll see what our budgets are like, we’ll see what the WBSS is like as well and see what’s available.
“There are two world titles available there so we won’t cut off our nose to spite our face. We’re keeping all out options open, which is the sensible thing to do.”
From the North to the South of Great Britain in London, Martin Murray (37-4-1, 17KOs) picked up his fourth win on the bounce since losing to George Groves back in 2016 cruising to victory over Mexican Roberto Garcia (41-4, 24KOs). The 35-year-old was supposed to fight Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight title but the injury prone champion had to withdraw for the second time due to ‘training injuries’.
After the unanimous decision win Murray has become the mandatory for Gennady Golovkin’s WBC belt but made it clear that he would want an insurance policy if he opted to take the Saunders route again. He said: “It’s one of them isn’t it. He’s not done me once and he has done me twice. For a third time, there would have to be some kind of insurance policy in place.”
On the undercard light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde (16-0, 15KOs) became the first man to stop Dariusz Sek (27-4-3, 9KOs) in the seventh round of a scheduled ten.
The Polish southpaw went down in the first from a left hand before the referee waved the fight off in the seventh after a bombardment of punishment from ‘The Beast’.
Also on the undercard was young heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (8-0, 8KOs) who went into the fifth round for the first time in his career against loud mouth Tom Little (10-6, 3KOs). Little went down in the fourth from a body shot but managed to beat the count before finally being stopped in the next round.
Frank Warren, Dubois’ promoter, said that a fight against Nathan Gorman, the WBC International and former English champion, could be on the cards within 18-months. The Hall of Famer Warren believes it will generate more money for both fighters if it happens further down the line.
“I feel ready. But I leave that up to my promoter Frank and my manager Martin Bowers, they know best for me,” Dubois said.
Sticking with the heavyweights 26-year-old Dave Allen (13-4-2, 10KOs) travelled to France with the hope of upsetting the apple cart against undefeated Parisian Tony Yoka (5-0, 4KOs). Unfortunately for the ‘White Rhino’ he was unable to pull off the shock after being stopped in the tenth and final round. To the Doncaster-man’s credit he did take the fight with only three weeks’ notice which tells you everything you need to know about the feller.
Although that was his fourth career defeat, Allen is still a tough match for anyone especially for one of the up and coming youngsters. If Warren wants to let the Dubois-Gorman fight marinate for 18-months then Allen would be an ideal opponent for either of them.
After his recent defeat Allen said: “I will genuinely fight anybody. The way boxing is right now though I have to get a couple of wins and that’s really sad. I wish I was fighting in the 50’s, they fought all the time, I would have fought Dubois this Saturday coming and Joe Joyce the next. But now you get too many losses and nobody wants to work with you and it really frustrates me, as I want to fight and fight regularly.”
Imagine what boxing would be like today if every fighter had Dave Allen’s attitude? It’s a shame they are very few and far between.