Lightweight Anthony Crolla defeated his former stablemate and friend John Murray in Manchester on April 19 in a battle that saw momentum go both ways. Murray showed off his warrior instinct but Crolla stayed true to his strategy and out-thought, out-jabbed and eventually out-gunned the more experienced fighter. Crolla retained his WBO intercontinental title.
Scott Quigg scored a knockdown in round one then another in round two as the Englishman returned a swift, concussive victory over late replacement opponent Tshifhiwa Munyai on April 19 at the Phones4U Arena. The first flooring blow was a result of a powerful hook, prior to a conclusive right hand finish in the second in a display that thrilled Quigg’s promoter and trainer…
Multi-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr takes on hard-punching Argentine Marcos Maidana on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As is custom with a May-Per-View event, it is Floyd who is the odds-on favourite, however, El Chino, 30, is being portrayed as a big dog with a real bite – if he wins, he’ll be bigger than Lionel Messi. The reality is, though, that he will do well to even win a round.
If there is one fight that makes most sense for Manny Pacquiao, 35, after his convincing Saturday night triumph over erstwhile WBO welterweight ruler Timothy Bradley, it is not a long overdue super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr – who could be aligned with the winner of a July 12 punch-up between Erislandy Lara and Saul Alvarez, or a fighter recently signed to Al Hayman; Amir Khan – but a previous opponent, one who makes sense with the organisation (WBO) and cents for the promoter (Bob Arum).
One of the biggest upsets in 2012 was the enforced surrendering of Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight title to Timothy Bradley by split decision – the judging of the fight has been a subject of controversy and so now the Filipino, 35, has a shot at redemption, to right the initial wrong, while the American battles for respect and to gain a legitimate victory. The #PacBradley rematch took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 12.
Ovill McKenzie, brought in on late notice to challenge Tony Conquest for the Commonwealth title at cruiserweight, won his third title with the organisation after knocking the champion out in five rounds at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford on Saturday, April 12. Peacock boxer McKenzie had his man down in the third, stayed disciplined and scored the stoppage in the fifth leaving Conquest needing oxygen.
After the shock results earlier, where George Kean lost on points and Frank Buglioni dropped a sixth round stoppage defeat to Sergey Khomitsky, it was up to Chris Eubank Jnr to deliver a home win – and boy did he do just that with a chilling left uppercut concussive knockout win that was set up thanks to an energy-stealing shot to the body.
Frank Buglioni’s corner retired their fighter in a shock result at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday, April 12. The Wise Guy was in with experienced middleweight Sergey Khomitsky in what was the first real test of the Englishman’s career – and it was one he failed, as he suffered a sixth round stoppage.
Gorgeous George Kean was hoping to double up on his boyhood club Arsenal’s penalty shoot-out victory over Wigan Athletic in the earlier and had to go through a mid-competition scare as, like the Gunners fell behind before Per Mertesacker restored parity late in their FA Cup semifinal match, Kean had to dig deep to be William Warburton’s equal. However, unlike his beloved N5 football club, he ended up on the losing side in his battle.
Penge welterweight Bradley Skeete trumped Giuseppe Loriga at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford on Saturday, April 12, claiming a rare stoppage victory in order to retain his WBA Intercontinental title. Loriga rarely troubled the South Londoner as Skeete was able to keep him at bay with a variety of punches. He cut the Italian by the side of his right eye.