I was SO HAPPY with boxing night delivered to a cramped house at the Bronze Box Gymnasium on Saturday.
It is the edge of your seat content on a quality card and it shows how many fans were in their seats before the TV match started and remained in place until the end.
It’s Anthony Yarde applying the big ending on the occasion and he’s really looking back at his old self and having his tactics in the rematch with Lyndon Arthur.
He has rediscovered the ground he lost in the original match a year ago and will reclaim the top spot with the WBO, putting him in a position to take a shot at the winner. in the world Joe Smith jr v Callum Johnson. compete for the title on January 15.
I have to be honest here. If Anthony had fought this way a few matches ago, he would have been a world champion. Boxers need to play to their strengths and Anthony departed from the approach that served him so well towards his first world championship shot against Sergey Kovalev.
He took it just right against Lyndon and strapped it on, as he expected, from the first ring of the bell. It was a spectacular encounter and nothing quite like when a big fight went as expected.
Anthony is right back in the business and once again looks like the boxer we overlooked in the first place. Lyndon will have to return but that’s far from over for him in a booming department in this country.
I’d like to clarify an issue I’ve been told has been brought up on social media where it was said I was harsh when I released Lyndon after his defeat.
As many will know, it is a struggle to get this fight over the line and ensure that signed contracts are adhered to. Unfortunately, previously strong relationships have become strained.
The fact that, if Lyndon wins the rematch, he will be pushed forward the same way Anthony is now, there’s no doubt about that. However, his team requested that, in the event of a defeat, he be released and we agreed to this.
He is not set aside for the sake of losing, which is what Lyndon and his team want from this result.
I value Lyndon as a warrior and a human being and wish him every success in the future.
Now, a rejuvenated Anthony can enter 2022 with renewed optimism, safe in the knowledge that a second world championship title is certain ahead.
A highlight of the night emerged from the main support fight between Hamzah Sheeraz and Bradley Skeete. This fight to raise the bar has provided a huge learning opportunity for young Hamzah, who one shouldn’t forget is only in his 14th game and is only 22 years old.
I know the round of 16 is proving to be fiercely contested and how it is handled is only in the hands of referee Steve Gray, who deducted a point for Hamzah and gave Brad time to recover. It was an incident in a war where officials had to apply the law as they saw fit.
It has nothing to do with favoring the house or the promoter, as has been suggested. When boxers enter the ring, they are under the authority of designated officials and have no outside influence.
That said, Hamzah is someone who doesn’t want question marks over his flourishing career and has suggested Bradley rematch via social media. I’m proud of Hamzah’s stance and for that we forced and offered a rematch against Bradley and his team.
On Saturday night we also saw stellar performances by some of our top young prospects in Sam Noakes who won their first championship, Dennis McCann, Karol Itauma, Charles Frankham and Masood Abdullah.
It all goes to show why the future of this country’s sport is in very safe hands and it’s exciting to imagine where these young men will be in a few years.
Unfortunately, Dennis slammed his knuckles when leaving his hand early in the fight, but then displayed great wisdom and poise to see it through the points without any aggravation. any alarm.
Sam put in a really mature performance to win the WBC International Silver title and building him and fellow lightweight Mark Chamberlain side-by-side before they finally meet is a tantalizing prospect. Ideally, I’d like to bring them both to about 12 games and increase the intensity of what is sure to be a domestic smash. We’ll get Mark started in the title fights when he returns to the ring early next year after missing his pre-Christmas match due to a recent illness.
Karol, Charles and Masood all show why they’ll be fighting in their very early live TV time, and why the introduction of our ‘Prospect Show’ is an important development for them. Future. On this platform, they will really be able to make their moves and show the public all that they are.
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