BY CHRIS ‘RAB’ BUTLER
After a seasonal break as we have over here in the UK, we kicked off with a HOF promoter Frank Warren show at the Copperbox on September 16th in that London with Billy Joe Saunders, defending his WBO middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr. If this was a cure for insomnia, then it would have sent youse to sleep, no problem. To be fair, Billy Joe was the one forcing the action as Monroe must’ve been paid well but must’ve come over for a holiday and to survive. I predicted an easy night’s work for Saunders thinking he’d get Monroe out by about rounds 6-8, but, buggar me sideways with a scaffolding pole, that was hard work to watch. All 3 judges scored unanimously in favour of the Gypsy boy. I guess after the shellacking that GGG gave Monroe he just about manages the soft touches but put him in with world class fighters and he shits out.
Also on the bill was the big lad I’ve spoken about before, Daniel Dubois. In his 5th bout, he was contesting for the Southern Area heavyweight title, against AJ Carter. Carter had a reasonable record going into the contest at 8-3, and was expected to do something to test big Dan. Well guess what? 48 seconds later he was found out, dropped three times in that time. Have a look on Youtube, the first shot Dubois lands drops his opponent, this kid has some serious power in his fists. He’s also got a sister who’s half decent that boxes for England and is aiming for Tokyo 2020 and a little brother aged about 12 who’s apparently a bit handy too.
Another lad I bought to your attention who was on the bill was Anthony Yarde, who is now ranked 7th by the WBO- Warren’s Boxing Organisation 😉 but after blasting out some Eastern European stiff in 2 (albeit a late replacement) he needs some sterner tests than of late. He certainly can bang but when he goes up a level? We shall see.
One of our golden boys from the London 2012 Olympics, Luke Campbell had his first dip into a world title fight against Jorge Linares on September 23rd. This was in Inglewood, CA, and it was a stern test for ‘Cool Hand’ Luke against an experienced and 3-weight divisional champion. Linares had beaten 2 world class Brits over here on our fair shores, Anthony Crolla (twice) and Kevin Mitchell. Campbell was under no illusions as to the sort of battle he had to endure and despite being dropped in the second by a three punch combination of southpaw right-left hook-right. Luke dominated the middle rounds and was edging the lead but Linares came on strong and won by a couple of rounds by two judges and one on another. It was later revealed that 2 weeks earlier Luke’s father had died and it was a very brave decision to fight on. A similar thing happened when IBF featherweight champ Lee Selby’s mother passed suddenly very close to his last world title fight in July and he also decided to fight on and dedicate the contest to his late mother. Brave lads indeed.
Talking of Gypsy boys, cousin of Tyson Fury, Hughie, had his first world title fight against WBO New Zealander champ Joseph Parker on the 23rd too. This was on PPV on YouTube and again I refused to pay up for that and I’m glad I didn’t. Not for the fact that it would have cost me 10 British pounds, the robbing swines, nor the hoohah about the scoring which had Fury losing by a majority decision of 118-110 twice and a draw of 114-114. What I’ve read and seen clips of, Fury was trying to be like Muhammad Ali and box on the back foot and dance around the ring for 12 rounds. Parker was the aggressor, going forward and throwing (although not necessarily landing) the more punches. I’m a qualified amateur judge and if I’d have judged that I’d have scored in favour of the Kiwi. As usual there was the cries of foul and robbery and corruption. Zzzzzz….
Last night (September 30th) an eliminator took place in Liverpool (NW England) between former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler against former opponent and also a former IBF champ Stuart Hall. In their previous contest it was a spilt, no, contentious decision that Butler won. This time, there was no arguing the toss as Butler (great name, eh?) won on a unanimous decision of scores 118-110 twice and 117-111. This eliminator was for WBA champion Jamie McDonnell’s strap, coming to a tv screen soon. These boys shift loads of tickets so I anticipate it’ll be around December and possibly on the undercard of David Haye-Tony Bellew 2 on December 17th. The last time those two fought was on PPV (so I didn’t bother forking out for that either) and ended in defeat for Haye despite him injuring his Achilles tendon in the 6th and fighting on until his corner pulled him out in the 11th. Haye was trained by HOF’er Barry McGuigan’s lad Shane but they have since parted company. So has former IBF super bantam champ Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton, who is now trained by Jamie Moore. Frampton is now coming back in November in Belfast, against an as yet unnamed opponent. The word is Carl is looking at someone credible and as he said, “It can’t be a mug”. Good job, this kid a beacon of Northern Irish boxing, but on the undercard will be Jamie Conlan, in his first world title fight. He is the brother of the Irish Olympian Michael who raised the middle finger to the judges after his “defeat” to that Russian in Rio last year and then famously cussed on live tv, saying “Oi don’t give a fuck, AIBA are fucking cheats and corrupt”. Have a look on YouTube for that too. He got fined by that shower of pricks for that outburst and still hasn’t paid it either. As he said, “They can feckin’ whistle for it!”. As well as Paddy Barnes, another 2-time Olympian who will also be on the show also.
Right, that’s my lot WCB’ers, keep reading my shit and keep an eye out for the boys I’ve mentioned too.
All the best, Rab.