By Chris ‘Rab’ Butler.
Well I’m back again with my rantings and ramblings from here in England, hoping you haven’t missed me, because I have either been lazy or incompetent when it comes to saving my work on my laptop and losing the damn thing that I was going to email Mr. Dinkins a while back. So no more excuses, here we go.
Last time I told you about the mandatory for Billy Joe Saunders the WBO middleweight champ Advantil Khurtzsidski, the Georgian who shocked a lot of people here by knocking out Tommy Langford. I told you this bloke was as mad as a box of frogs, well if you didn’t know, him and 30 others of questionable morals and so on from Russia and Georgia got busted for all sorts of naughty Mafia stuff including stealing a load of chocolate! Who the hell wants to steal chocolate? I did once from a shop when I was a little kid and got my legs slapped and rightly so, but hey, maybe it was laced with something those hoodlums could sell on somewhere. Anyway, Billy Joe is now squaring up against Willie Monroe Jr. on September 16th at the Copper Box in that London. I predict an easy nights work for Billy, who not so long ago called out Gennedy “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez at a presser over here again, in that London. GGG told Billy he talks too much, whereas Canelo didn’t say too much himself but blushed and farted in his seat because Alvarez was slated to fight Saunders but for whatever reason (probably money and not enough of it), it didn’t happen.
Talking of the Copper Box on Saturday just gone (8th July) there was some serious crowd trouble at the venue after Sammy McNess who was touted for big things, had a large West Ham United football (soccer, to you colonials) following behind him that caused the disturbances after Asinia Byfield battered him from pillar to post. The fight was for a local area title and McNess had been built up and much money invested in him by HOF promoter Frank Warren. Warren was vociferous in condemning the trouble that occurred and quite rightly so. Considering that amongst those in attendance at the show were a lot of women and children, it was disgraceful. The trouble being ignited by McNess’s followers not happy with their boy being defeated (the corner threw the towel in, the ref should’ve stopped it earlier) and of course that thing they call alcohol. Beered up idiots who mob handed act brave and bold but the only time you’d ever see any of these clowns near a gym is running past one to get to the hot dog stand nearby. Besides that, once the trouble had been sorted, the top of the bill was a young man called Anthony Yarde. This chap was fighting for some alphabet bauble called the WBO European light heavyweight strap and against a Hungarian with a 17-1 record. Yarde has had 12 contests now, with 11 KO’s as he dispatched the Magyar in under a round. This kid can bang, trust me. He had only about 15 bouts as an amateur and is learning on the job, but I don’t think he is learning a great deal as 8 of his KO’s have come in the 1st round. But, Frank Warren does have high hopes for him and he will be tested more as he progresses his career. One to watch, coming to America before long.
Josh Taylor, another prospect trained by Shane McGuigan, son of legend Barry, was in action north of the border at the Braehead arena in Glasgow against Ohara Davies. Josh has fought on the undercard of Frampton-Santa Cruz, in Vegas at the MGM Grand. Josh has excellent amateur credentials as a 2010 British Commonwealth Games silver medallist in 2010 and gold in 2014 as well as an Olympic rep for Team GB in 2012. Josh battered Ohara Davies in 7 that I didn’t catch until later but one of my amateur lads called me as I was in bed with the missus to ask if I’d seen the scrap but kept quiet about the outcome! Good boy, or he’d have an extra lap or three around the track when he gets back to training! Keep an eye out for him and talking of (former) Team GB members, that man Daniel Dubois was in action again and was slated for a 10 rounder in what was for another alphabet bauble being the WBC youth heavyweight title in only his 4th bout. His original opponent pulled out so he ended up boxing some Brazilian chump with a winning record of 14 wins and 0 defeats but weighing 33 pounds less. “DDD” as big Dan is known as put the Brazilian down with his very first punch and from then on it was survival mode for the rest of the round and then in the 2nd poleaxed him with a whack to the solar plexus which looked a bit innocuous at first but on the telly replay he caught him good and proper. As I’ve said before, keep your eye on this kid, and he is a kid, still only 19 and 6’5” and 233lbs solid.
Lastly, I suppose I better mention the McGregor-Mayweather “fight”. I know Donald is pretty sick of it just at the mere thought, I have to say I am too. We all know what will happen, that is, those of us that know anything about boxing or MMA, and the only thing that will be worth watching is McGregor winding up Mayweather as I’m sure he will. Doesn’t matter what Mayweather says about his credentials, McGregor will have him from behind and dry bum him. Other than that, everyone in Vegas will get paid as everyone will flock like lemmings to see this shit and I shall watch it from home and on a live stream as the worst place I could see it will be in a bar full of drunken idiots who don’t know shit about boxing as a certain uncle once said.
That’s it, thanks for reading and please feel free to praise my writings to the mountains or slag it off mercilessly, all criticism will be taken onboard.