J.G Barrington – New York
The smaller guys took centre stage when it came to world title fights this weekend but there were a few big men making headlines, in particular David Price and Peter Quillin. Ulises Solis, Adrian Hernandez and Raul Garcia, meanwhile, all struck well in the lower weight classes.
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Notes – Butler was supposed to represent a step-up in class for rising British prospect Price but the American was knocked down twice before the referee signalled a teekayo win. Price has now been matched with John McDermott in an eliminator bout for the Lonsdale belt. Price uses his physical advantages well and seems to have monstrous power; he’s certainly one to watch. For scorecard and round by round summary click here.
Notes – The saturated super middleweight division may have yet another contender on it’s hands as Peter Quillin looked astounding in dismantling 34-year-old Brinkley in three rounds – an opponent it took IBF Super Middleweight belt holder nine rounds to achieve the same teekayo win. Brinkley had no answer for Quillin’s acute one-twos. For scorecard and round by round summary click here.
EBU Middleweight title: Darren Barker – UD – Domenico Spada [116-113, 116-113, 115-113]
Notes – Despite being largely inactive for over a year, Barker dominated world-ranked Spada to pick up the blue European belt. On The Beak‘s Alan Dawson waxed lyrical about Barker’s performance but, whilst he did well against an awkward, game and rough-housing Spada, he will have to up his game considerably if he is to win a world title or defeat domestic rival Matthew Macklin. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For full fight video click here.
British Featherweight title: Stephen Smith – MD – John Simpson [118-112, 115-114, 114-114]
Notes – In an England versus Scotland war, it was Smith who was (for the second time against Simpson) awarded the decision, however, the bout was far more closely-contested than the eyebrow-raising 118-112 verdict. Smith started well and looked to get Simpson out of there in the first, but ultimately, his inability to finish gassed him somewhat and consequently allowed Simpson to dominate rounds where Smith was fatigued. This one could have gone either way! For scorecard and round by round summary click here.
Flyweight: Ashley Sexton – PTS – Mike Robinson [Referee awarded win]
Notes – Highly-rated domestic product in England, Flash Ash Sexton looked far from well-honed as he struggled with Mike Robinson. The referee awarded Sexton the win after the scheduled eight rounds yet the comparatively inexperienced Robinson will have – rightly – felt aggrieved he did not at least receive the draw or win himself. For scorecard and round by round summary click here.
IBF World Light Flyweight title: Ulises Solis – SD – Luis Alberto Lazarte [116-111, 115-112, 113-114]
Notes – In a bout filled with fouls, Solis reclaimed the IBF belt at 108lbs. Justice may well have been served as the two engaged in a dirty fight late last year yet Lazarte was awarded a most contentious split decision win. Lazarte, like he did in the first bout, rabbit punched yet, unlike the first bout, came away the loser.
WBC World Light Flyweight title: Adrian Hernandez – 10th Rd RTD – Gilberto Keb Baas
Notes – Hernandez’s and Baas’ bout was a good example of an old fashioned inside brawl. Hernandez, though, had the better of Baas whenever the two engaged toe-to-toe and, in the 11th round could commence, the referee and doctor had decided Baas had taken enough punishment and awarded the Mexican the stoppage win and the WBC belt.
WBO World Strawweight title: Raul Garcia – 3rd Rd TKO – Rommel Asenjo
Notes – In his first defence of his WBO title, Garcia teekayoed Asenjo inside three rounds. The key to the victory was his tempo-setting jab and his powerful right fist that proved too strong for Asenjo as it staggered him in the second. It was a left, though, that floored him in the third. It was an easy and convincing victory for Garcia.