British Boxing Still Booming

British Boxing Still Booming
Josh Taylor wins by stoppage against Ohara Davies in front of his home crowd

It was another night staked with young British Boxing talent but this time across two different broadcasts by two different organisations.

Queensbury Promotions showcased an event billed ‘The Future is Now’ at the Copperbox Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London on Boxnation. Their night was headlined by light heavyweight sensation Anthony ‘The Beast’ Yarde and had plenty of young British hopefuls on display.

While on terrestrial television Cyclone Promotions hosted a night billed ‘Bad Blood’ in the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland. Although their card was not as strong as the night in London, their headline act stole the show.

Glasgow’s main event

Scottish Super lightweight Josh Taylor (10-0, 9KOs) produced an excellent display against Ohara Davies (15-1, 12KOs) to capture the Commonwealth (British Empire) super lightweight and the super version of the WBC Silver lightweight titles.

The Tartan Tornado is a fighter that I tipped for a big year and he has showed why I think this kid could go all the way to the very top. Especially now after his seventh round stoppage against another good young prospect .

With the passionate Scottish faithful behind Taylor right from the start Davies may have wished he was fighting in his hometown on the other card in London as he looked a little intimated by the atmosphere. That being said the Hackney boy nicked the first round with his unorthodox style.

Taylor started to find his range in the second when he beat Davies to the punch throughout. The third round was pretty even until the Edinburgh-based fighter caught Davies with a flurry of shots that made him take a knee right on the bell.

After the knock down ‘Two Tanks’ as Davies likes to be known went after Taylor and I felt he nicked the fourth and fifth rounds to bring the scorecards even. But the 26-year-old Scotsman restored his lead in the sixth when he got the better of his opponent with the more effective inside work.

Taylor’s speed was starting to take effect and it was a vicious right hand that sent the Englishman to the canvas for the second time in the fight. Although Davies managed to get back to his feet he seemed to turn away before the Scot ran in to finish the job.

There was slight confusion on my part as for me referee Howard Foster didn’t stop the fight. He ran over to Taylor to stop him from hitting Davies but before he could make a decision the Scotsman’s corner was in the ring celebrating with the crowd going wild. Either way the right guy won and there wasn’t any complaints with the decision.

Burns v Taylor

After the fight Ricky Burns was ringside as a pundit and all the talk was about a potential all Scottish showdown. Taylor who now propels into the top 15 of the WBC rankings said: “I would want it. It would be a great fight for Scottish boxing and the Scottish fans. I think it would sell out any arena. It would be a massive fight.”

Personally I don’t think it will happen any time soon as Burns looks set to take on Anthony Crolla for his next fight. It could be a potential title eliminator next year with the winner taking on the undisputed champion after the Crawford/ Indongo fight? Although I believe the winner of that mouth-watering match-up will more than likely move up into the welterweights. Therefore this Division will be wide open after August 19 and I think Taylor could well be the next superstar.

Undercard

Jason Easton (10-0, 6KOs) managed to come through a tough match against Steve Jamoye (22-4-1, 4KOs) with a ninth round TKO to win the vacant Inter-Continental Super lightweight title.

Chantelle Cameron (2-0, 1KO) won by TKO against Bojana Libiszewska (5-23, 1KO)

There were other victories for Stephen Simmons, Gary Murray, Ashton Brown, Gary Rae & Iain Trotter.

London

Anthony Yarde (12-0, 11KOs) won the WBO European light heavyweight title after he dispatched the former champion Richard Baranyi (18-2, 12KOs) in magnificent fashion.

The 25-year-old from Hackney has been gradually improving his stock in this Division with knock out win after knock out win but this first round KO has now catapulted him into the top ten WBO rankings

The best possible route for Yarde to a world title would be a match-up with current WBA regular champion Nathan Cleverly. Firstly he will need to become number one domestically and I think a potential showdown with fellow Londoner Frank Buglioni would be a great start.

By the time Yarde is in a position to fight for a World title the likes of Andre Ward, Sergy Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson will more than likely be retired or will have no interest in fighting such a dangerous up and coming star.

Triple D

19-year-old heavyweight Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois (4-0, 4KOs) won his first title with a second round knock out of Mauricio Barragan (15-2, 8KOs). The Londoner from Greenwich picked up the vacant WBC youth world heavyweight title in only his fourth fight.

It’s hard to believe that a guy of his size is still a teenager and hasn’t fully grown yet. He still needs at least another 10-15 fights before his team can even think about putting him in the ring with some of the bigger names in the division. Trouble is who on earth would want to fight him and if they can find an opponent with true credibility then the money will have to be good.

As boxing trainer Alan Smith said: “20 fights for learning, 20 fights for earning.”

Undercards

In one of the fights of the night Asinia Byfield (13-1, 5KOs) stopped Sammy McNess (7-1, 3KOs) by TKO in the fifth. Unfortunately for Byfield his impressive victory was marred by a mass brawl in the crowd. The 28-year-old from Reading is another of the fighters that I picked for a big year and if he continues to put in performances like this he will be a tough opponent for anybody.

Darryll Williams (16-0, 6KOs) retained his English super middleweight title with a majority decision over Jahmaine Smyle (14-6-2, 6KOs). It wasn’t as tasty as their last fight which will be a nomination for British Fight of the Year but it was still a good solid British dust-up.

British welterweight champion Bradley Skeete (27-1, 12KOs) won a unanimous decision against Dale Evans (13-4-2, 4KOs). Skeete from Penge has now been awarded the Lonsdale belt for keeps after defending it three times without defeat.

There were also victories for Gary Corcoran, Ryan Garner, Archie Sharpe, Sanjeev Sahota, Jordan Thompson & JD Smith.

Verdict

Glasgow may have had the smaller card but their main and co-main events were both excellent fights and well worth the money to those that paid for tickets, even more so for us watching for free on television. 8/10

The night in London once again showcased our up and coming prospects and had some good solid competitive match-up’s. By no fault of his own Yarde’s first headline appearance was too short and a complete miss-match which was a little disappointing. 7/10

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