Greetings again my WCB friends and I trust all is well with you. I will start this off by announcing my appointment of work at my local hospital (security job) as well as working as security at the Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker scrap this weekend, which ain’t half bad work when it means getting people in the stadium and watching the punch up for free too! Result!
Now then, I’m going to talk about the recent O2 event that happened just this weekend gone with Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne and a few other bouts that took place that Saturday. I’ll start with the undercard bouts that were televised and worthy of mention, one which was not.
Anthony Fowler was a 2016 Olympian and is not scared to have a scrap, take a punch and just show you what he’s made of. He was up against Kalilou Dembele, a French-Cameroonian and someone not just to make up the numbers. The talking heads that make up Sky Sports boxing commentary team know their stuff and noted upon Fowler’s performance. Whereas you Amerikaners might get Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman who’ve never boxed in their lives and the closest they’ve boxed is eggs, Sky have Carl Froch, Johnny Nelson, Paul Smith Jr., and Spencer Oliver. All ex-world champions or contenders. As well as Adam Smith who is the head honcho of the Sky Boxing team and yeah, he ain’t boxed but certainly is very knowledgable on the game, having studied it since he was a kid and practised being a commentator at the same age too. Anorak!! By the way, who the fuck is that American bloke your side who tries to sound like Howard Cosell? The point I’m making, is that they noticed that Fowler was taking too many unnecessary shots despite his dominance in the contest. The thing is, the aim of the game is to hit and not get hit, so why think it’s fun to take shots which will be detrimental to your health? Particularly when you have the skills to pay the bills and when you’ve made a ton of money, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to count it? Dave Coldwell, Fowler’s trainer was said after that this foolhardy practise will stop and this kid will keep his hands up in future. The result was a KO in the 5th of 6 to which Dembele protested the count out, but seeing the ref’s point of view were Kalilou once dropped and had been in the 2nd, him laying flat out with his hands like in the crucifix position, it’s easy to see why.
Dereck Chisora in case you didn’t know had an absolute war with Dillian Whyte last December and was in an 8 rounder with some stiff called Zakaria Azzouzi, probably Italian, Gawd knows anyway and he banged him out in 2. Azzouzi, dropped his hands when up against the ropes and ‘Del Boy’ went whallop on his chin and it was a case of Good night Irene. Afterwards, David Haye, who fancies himself as a promoter with Richard Schaeffer these days, tried to offer Dereck some money with his budding prospect Joe Joyce, the Olympic silver medallist from Rio 2016 at super-heavyweight. Now according to my source who is managed by the same manager as Chisora, Dereck was offered peanuts. According to the Hayemaker, he offered him more than what he got for fighting Vitali Klitschko but my source told me that was bullshit. Apparently the final offer, was 200 grand against a 3 bout novice. Saying that, Joe Joyce is a bit special but at the end of the day money talks.
Next up was Frank Buglioni, yep, you guessed it, of Italian extract, aka ‘Wiseguy’. Frank is a big ticket seller in that London and his British light heavy title was on the line against Commonwealth champion Callum Johnson. This was expected to be a cagey affair but Frank was blown away in a round! Callum Johnson has had injuries and the passing of his father that messed up his head too. You could tell as soon as he hit the ‘Wiseguy’ he was not showing any sort of mafia respect and after 2 knockdowns it was curtains for Francesco. Despite Buglioni getting up from the 2nd knockdown he had legs like this old drunken sailor after a heavy session. I’m sure a rematch is in the offing, but we will have to wait and see on that. Johnson dedicated the fight to his late father.
The next contest of note was Lewis Ritson of Newcastle against Scott Cardle. Lewis came into the contest as the defending British lightweight champ and this kid can bang. Scott Cardle is a former holder of said belt and his gameplan was to go in there and bang like an outside shithouse door in the wind as he did in the first round. Ritson, however, kept his composure, held his hands up and fired back too. I’d have given that a 10-9 round to Cardle but Ritson was not bothered by that and went back into round 2 fighting fire with fire and dropped Scott once and then again and the towel came in from cornerman Joe Gallagher as well as the ref jumping in simultaneously to stop the bout. I suggest you look Ritson up on YouTube. If you can catch an interview with him you Amerikaners might need subtitles (I understand you struggle with broad English dialects anyway!) but Lewis speaks another language, known as Geordie. Geordie is the dialect of people from Newcastle or as the locals call is ‘Noocassel’ and a typical Geordie phrase such as “Had’away and shite man, ya divvent knaa wot ya taakin’ aboot” would translate as “I say there, fellow, you are somewhat incorrect in your assumption”. You get the idea.
To the main event which was broadcast on HBO, dunno if you saw the aforementioned bouts but the chat from the team was “this was being broadcast Stateside, live”, and into the ring for the WBC (We’re Being Conned) silver heavyweight championship was from Australia but managed by Ricky Hatton, Lucas Browne. Browne is a former WBA heavyweight champ and to be honest I liked the guy beforehand but seeing him at the weigh in at 264lbs and his belly seeping over his trunks made me think he hasn’t prepared properly. Dillian came in at 254lbs but certainly had a gameplan. Whyte boxed smart, using his long arms to good effect but Browne had nothing tucked away (certainly not his stomach) apart from his big right hand. To be honest I think I saw him catch Whyte 3 times, if that with his right hand, he was pathetic. In the end Whyte caught him with a crashing left hook in the 6th and Lucas went face first on the floor. There was concern as it was a heavy KO and despite Whyte’s euphoria as he saw the payday with Deontay Wilder coming right up and seeing the £££ signs, he had to be calmed down as Browne looked quite dodgy on the deck. He eventually sat up and was stretchered out and to hospital as a precaution. Whyte was ecstatic in his post-fight interview and screamed blue murder at the camera calling Wilder out. I seriously think Wilder best grow some muscles on his chin after how he looked dodgy against Ortiz in his previous punch up. I noticed on Browne’s Instagram he mentioned he had shit prep, poor camp, all sorts of excuses but they don’t wash on this scribe. You come to fight and you come prepared when you’re getting big bucks.
The bout I mentioned that was not worthy of a tv broadcast, was just that, so will not be mentioned! Anyway, thanks for reading and by all means send me your feedback, hate filled comments, praise or whatever, I have broad shoulders and you’re all keyboard warriors as I might be! Hahahaha! Take care and be lucky.