The ‘Weekend in Boxing’ delivered and it’s time to ‘Round Up’ the good stuff. Friday on BoxNation brought victories for Denton Vassell, Bradley Saunders and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. Also on Friday, David Price lived up to expectations with a victory on BoxNation, WealthTV and SuperSport. Fighting on the same bill, Steve Williams had his hand raised as well. Saturday began on Channel 5 and WealthTV with Tyson Fury triumphing, along with Chris Eubank Jr. The later action on Showtime was must see pugilism as Austin Trout overcame a very partisan crowd to beat Miguel Cotto. The undercard was entertaining as Danny Jacobs scored a resounding victory. Manuel Avila and Alan Sanchez made Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate home as they both won.
Read on for the full ‘Weekend Round Up.’
FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER:
Denton Vassell (20-0-0) vs. Ronnie Heffron (11-1-0). Welterweights, 12 rounds.
- Denton Vassell took care of business by stopping Ronnie Heffron courtesy of a sixth round TKO.
Bradley Saunders improves to 5-0-0 as Peter ’Connemara Kid’ McDonagh drops to 18-27-0. Welterweights, 8 rounds.
-Bradley Saunders earned a points decision over Peter McDonagh. 78-74.
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff (1-0-0) vs. Richard Dawson (2-1-0).
- Freddie Flintoff overcame a second round knockdown in his four round debut to defeat Richard Dawson 39-38. Flintoff has his detractors, but he also has boxing supporters, so let’s see what he does next
David Price is now 15-0-0 as Matt Skelton falls to 28-7-0. Heavyweights, 12 rounds.
-David Price faced Matt Skelton in what was considered a safe outing. It turned out to be just that as Price punctuated his dominance with a final body shot in the second round, which sent Skelton to the canvas, earning Price the knock out. Even though Price had mentioned earlier that he would like to face Dereck Chisora next, that doesn’t seem to be. Price’s promoter has mentioned veteran Tony Thompson as next in line.
Steve Williams (13-1-1) vs. Kirk ‘Bulletproof’ Goodings (7-1-0). Light welterweights, 12 rounds.
- Steve Williams dealt Kirk Goodings his first loss. The bout went the distance with a close points verdict of 116-115.
SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER:
Tyson Fury improves to 20-0-0 as Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson falls to 28-3-1. Heavyweights, 12 rounds.
-Of the two promising British heavyweights who boxed this weekend, Tyson Fury probably faced the better competition in Kevin Johnson. It was a tactical bout with Johnson, trained by Jeff Mayweather, clearly having a strategy in mind. Fury also had a strategy and executed it successfully. The site has an in depth review of the bout. Judges scores were 119-110; 119-108 all for Fury.
Phil ‘Intense’ Fury (13-3-0) vs. Joe ‘the Faith’ Hillerby (8-2-0). Middleweights, 8 rounds.
- Phil Fury defeated Joe Hillerby via a points decision of 78-74.
Chris Eubank Jr. improves to (8-0-0) as Bradley Pryce drops (33-12-0). Super middleweights, 8 rounds.
-Following on from ‘Weekend in Boxing’ the theme of Chris Eubank Jr.’s star being on the rise definitely holds true. Bradley Pryce went the distance but ultimately lost on points. The score was 80-73. The complete review is already on the site.
Miguel Cotto drops to 37-4-0 as Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout rises to 26-0-0. Light middleweights, 12 rounds.
-‘Weekend in Boxing’ expected an Austin Trout victory over Miguel Cotto and that’s exactly what happened. I’ve been a fan of Austin Trout for a while now and commend Miguel Cotto for agreeing to fight him at 154lbs without requesting a catch weight. The front page has a complete review of what was a fantastic boxing match (no mindless brawling here). Final scores were 117-111, 117-111 and 119-109 for Austin Trout.
Danny ‘the Miracle Man’ Jacobs (24-1-0) vs. Chris ‘the Irish Ghost’ Fitzpatrick (15-3-0). Super middleweights, 12 rounds.
-Danny Jacobs faced Chris Fitzpatrick in the borough to the north of Brooklyn. Jacobs started the bout with an accurate and intelligent approach. As the fight unfolded he delivered body punches, jabs, heavy combinations and resounding crosses. Fitzpatrick’s only punches of note in the first two rounds were a counter body shot in each round to which Jacobs responded. Jacobs started to put his imprint on the match in the third as his punches started to look a lot like bombs landing on Fitzpatrick. The 4th round saw Jacobs taking his foot off the accelerator, but he brought the pain again in the fifth. The accumulated punishment was too much for Fitzpatrick as he didn’t answer the bell for the sixth round. Jacobs by opponent’s retirement.
SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER:
Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila (11-0-0) vs. Ricky Lopez (9-2-0). Super bantamweight, 8 rounds.
-Manuel Avila defeated Ricky Lopez via 8th round TKO.
Alan Sanchez improves to 12-2-1 as Miguel Munguia falls to 26-26-1. Welterweights, 8 rounds.
-Alan Sanchez stopped Miguel Mungia by scoring a second round TKO.
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