This past weekend, there were 3 big boxing shows on TV or online and all of them were FREE!
We had the World Boxing Super Series online on the WBSS website, we also had the Cyclone Promotions card on Channel 5/5Spike and we had the show, with Lewis Ritson headlining, live on Sky Sports.
With all of the recent Pay-Per-View events, this was a nice touch, however, it was just unfortunate that they were all taking place at the same time!
Should More Boxing Shows be Shown for Free?
Back in the first episode of our British Boxing Talk podcast, we spoke about PPV events and how much it was “burning holes in peoples pockets”. So with that in mind, should more of these boxing events be free, like they were this past weekend?
Obviously Channel 5/5Spike are free for anyone with Freeview TV and are also “free” for people with regular Virgin/Sky TV packages.
The WBSS is free too, as all you had to do was stream that online, however, the Sky show although being “free” was only available for customers with a Sky Sports package.
The quality of boxing on each of the three shows was exceptional and we saw great match-ups on each card, we had Lee McGregor winning the Commonwealth title in only his 5th fight as a Professional, on the Cyclone Promotions card.
We also had World class fights on the WBSS card, which although I didn’t watch, these shows always host quality fights and fighters respectively.
On the Sky Sports card there were several good; lower key fights, with very tough fights between: Glenn Foot and Robbie Davies Jnr, as well as Lewis Ritson Vs. Francesco Patera.
Keeping up with It All!
After a week of late nights and early starts, I won’t lie, I’d fallen asleep by the time of the main events on each card, however, the process of keeping up with each fight was a task in itself!
As an avid boxing fan, you do your best to keep up with all the goings on, but when there’s 3 big shows on all at the same time, it’s a little hard to keep up.
However, I saw segments from each fight on Channel 5 and Sky Sports and so was able to gauge from this the results and how things were going for each contest.
The Talking Points
Lee McGregor – On Channel 5
The first fighter of the night that truly inspired me was Lee McGregor, a young man who at only 21 years of age has already experienced enough in life which could’ve quite easily knocked him off track.
McGregor lost his mum the night he won the British Amateur title, before his grandmother passed away during the European Championships in Ukraine.
McGregor has made a huge statement early on in his pro career with a solid 12 round performance, taking out his opponent and former Olympian – Thomas Essomba – in the final round.
There will be many big nights ahead for this talented fighter, as he progresses through the ranks at a high speed with the backing of Shane and Barry McGuigan.
Joshua Buatsi – On Sky Sports
2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist, Joshua Buatsi, put together an excellent performance against a fighter who was no mug.
The former Olympian dismantled Tony Averlant within the first round, dispatching of him quicker than another light-heavyweight – who many hope Buatsi will fight soon – Anthony Yarde.
A precise and well-measured jab set things up for Buatsi who took out his opponent with crippling body shots, earning him 6th stoppage win from 8 professional contests.
Ritson Vs. Patera – On Sky Sports
The main event of the evening saw the Newcastle knockout artist step up a level, and fight for the vacant EBU European Lightweight title.
Despite a promising start, Ritson’s come forward; seek and destroy style was unable to crack the code for him and after being hurt with a body shot in the 5th round, Ritson was on the wrong side of the judges scorecards.
He lost via Split Decision to his tough; experienced Belgian opponent.
Foot Vs. Davies Jnr – On Sky Sports
Glenn Foot lost his Commonwealth title and came up short in his attempt to win the Londsale belt as he was outpointed by Kirkby’s – Robbie Davies Jnr.
From what I saw, this fight was a real bad clash of styles and so it never fully flowed, with cuts galore opening up on one another faces, the referee – Bob Williams – was in need of a new shirt after the bloody 12 rounder.
Bakoli Vs. Hunter – On Channel 5
Although I didn’t catch the end of this one, it appears to have unfolded like I thought it would after watching the first few rounds!
The big heavyweight Martin Bakoli came up short against the slicker Michael Hunter, who had previously campaigned at Cruiserweight.
Hunter, who is naturally a cruiserweight, boxed in the Olympics and also went the distance with the Unified & Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion – Oleksandr Usyk.
These sorts of credentials are to be respected and considered, even when taking on a naturally bigger and more powerful man.
It would appear that these skills from Hunter proved too much as he stopped Bakoli in the 10th round, earning himself the IBO Intercontinental Heavyweight strap in the process.
The World Boxing Super Series – Tete and Tabiti Go Through
In the Bantamweight competition, Zolani Tete – a top ranked South African fighter – goes through and into the semi-finals, where he will fight the winner of Ryan Burnett and Nonito Donnaire.
Andrew Tabiti also sealed his placed in the semi-finals of the Cruiserweight tournament after securing a win against Ruslan Fayfer.
Neither fight was particularly interesting or exciting from what I’ve heard, but the fights ahead should prove to be just that!
A Great Night for Boxing – Worldwide!!
All-in-all, this past weekend was great for boxing as a whole.
Matchroom Boxing once again put on a stacked card and although there were a lot of tick-over fights on the show, fans got a show for free and so cannot really complain!
Channel 5 and Cyclone Promotions put on a fantastic card, once again all for free and on terrestrial television.
The show displayed some class female boxing and providing us with quality match-ups, in the shape of McGregor Vs. Essomba and Hunter Vs. Bakole.
Whilst the World Boxing Super Series contests didn’t set the World alight, it saved us all from forking out £10-£20 on two “un-interesting” fights and helps to draw more viewers into what should be an exciting set of finals and semi-finals over the coming months!
Whether you like it or not, boxing seems to be booming at the moment. So much so, that I couldn’t keep up with it all this weekend!!
Let Me Know Your Thoughts on the Current State of Boxing…
Let me know what you think about boxing at it’s current stage. Is it booming? Are there enough free shows? Are there too many PPV events?
Let me know and don’t forget to check out the British Boxing Talk podcast to join in with our discussions!