WELL, three out of four forecasts isn’t bad.
I picked Manny Pacquiao over Chris Algieiri, Tony Bellew to beat Nathan Cleverly, Tyson Fury over Dereck Chisora, and although I predicted a win for Chris Eubank Jnr, the fact he only lost via split decision to Billy Joe Saunders wasn’t a bad bit of work.
All that said, the Fury and Bellew fights are best forgotten.
All that bad-mouthing is no good at all, it’s only to try and sell tickets, and the punters in the long run will just be turned off. Utimately tickets will be sold if it is a good match-up, not by the amount of insults hurled at each other.
Chisora looked like he had trained hard for this fight and his body shape backed that up, but the fire in his belly – or lack of it – did not. Fury wasn’t blameless either. He was supremely confident, or so it seemed, and I was of the opinion he could have taken Chisora out at any stage of the fight that he wanted to. This lack of a killer instinct did nothing to endear him to the fans and, in fact, on occasions the fans that were left at 1 o’clock in the morning rumbling out a chorus of booing due to the lack of action.
Even the referee Marcus McDonnell administered a reprimand to them both, and actually calling for more action, this in a world heavyweight title eliminator, is nothing short of a disgrace. I felt extremely sorry for Marcus the referee as he would have been really up for this fight and was expecting a war like many others of us plenty of action and as story to tell his grandchildren about. Now he certainly has a story but I don’t think he will want to talk about it to anyone.
Well onto a fight that was worth watching – Billy Joe Saunders against Chris Eubank Jnr. I feel that Eubank threw it away by giving Billy Joe the first four rounds, and maybe with not going 12 rounds before, he was worried about lasting the distance. But to be truthful, I think his old man was the one to blame and he seems to want to be back in the limelight again. He needs to take a step back, to move away and leave the corner to work. Ronnie Davies is a proven corner man, who probably knows more about corner work than Eubank Snr knows about boxing.
Junior proved he deserved to be in there with Billy Joe and needs to be left alone and mature as himself, and into another Eubank champion that he has the talent to be.
There were some really good undercard fights on this gigantic bill which helped to make up for the heavyweight debacle that some were forced to endure. Frank Buglioni against Andrew Robinson was very enjoyable and Robinson exposed the still notable flaws in Frank’s defence and his lack of one punch power. I watched Frank and it bought back memories of heavyweight Billy Walker who was the same, although Billy could punch a bit, and was always a joy to watch, like Frank. I think Frank will find it tough to reach the very top but if he doesn’t he will be remembered as a crowd pleaser and I would rather watch a fight that may be my fighter might lose, but put up a good performance. I don’t care about an unbeaten record, I would still go and see him again because he entertained me and that’s what I pay for.
Bradley Skeete against Frankie Gavin, another fight for the purists and like Buglioni, Gavin was exposed somewhat against a classy boxer who had height and reach advantages that he used to its full potential, picking up the points at distance and drawing Frankie’s energy from him with clever footwork. Gavin had to chase him down to land his own punches, and gain a fully deserved verdict with a couple of titles as well but Skeete will be back. I can’t end without a mention of Liam Walsh who gave a classy display in taking the tough as teak Gary Sykes’s British super-featherweight title. Liam oozes class and I expect him to have a long and successful career.