Burton v Buglioni – Post Fight
By Neel Khagram

11th December 2016

Frank Buglioni stunningly came from behind to knock out Hosea Burton in the 12th round to win the Lonsdale Belt at light heavyweight.

Things started off ominously for the ‘Wise Guy’ as Burton’s use of the jab to control range and set up the powerful back hand won him the opening session comfortably. Buglioni had a better 2nd as he went hunting for the champion’s body but Burton answered with a couple of right hands of his own in a 3 minutes where both men had success. The 3rd followed a similar pattern.

The next round was predominantly fought at long range which allowed Burton to get his right hand off to both head and body to win the round. Burton then connected with the crisper shots in the 5th, however a late onslaught from Buglioni proved that he could get to still get to his opponent.

Burton continued to land with the cleaner work in the 6th as a nasty cut opened above the challengers left eye.  Following a doctor’s inspection on the cut at the end of the round, Buglioni upped the tempo in fear of the wound scuppering his dreams. 

Following an even 8th, Burton seemed to wrestle back control in the 9th and 10th with huge right hands to snap Buglioni’s head back on several occasions.

As the fight entered the championship rounds the general feeling at ringside was that Buglioni needed a knockdown to bring things back on the scorecard. Burton started the 11th very sharply with the jab. However, with a minute and half left of the round, Buglioni found something within him to produce a relentless onslaught which eventually saw Burton slump to the floor. With only seconds remaining following the referees count, Burton survived the round.

Buglioni sensed the breakthrough and continued to pour the pressure on in the last. Despite eating a sharp uppercut on the way in, Buglioni found a huge right hand to drop Burton with only a minute left of the fight. Whilst the champion beat the initial count, his head and legs had not recovered and Buglioni stormed in to end the contest.

In a classic dust up for the British title, both men produced a tremendous display with a rematch a viable option next.


Whyte v Chisora – Post Fight
By Neel Khagram

11th December 2016

Dillian Whyte edged out bitter rival Dereck Chisora via a split decision to win an enthralling heavyweight battle at the Manchester Arena. The three judges at ringside scored the bout 114-115, 115-113 and 115-114 respectively in a fight which could have gone either way.

Despite the bad blood following the pre-fight press conference in which Chisora was fined £25,000 and given a 2 years suspended sentence from the British Board of Control for throwing a table, the pair produced a potential fight of the year contest.

Chisora started off the more bullish, marching across the ring from the opening bell and unloading powerful hooks downstairs on the self-proclaimed ‘Body Snatcher.’ Whyte though countered the onslaught with the jab and a couple of left hooks of his own in a round where both men scored with heavy artillery.

The 2nd round followed a similar pattern with Chisora marauding forward and having huge success up close as he backed Whyte up against the ropes on several occasions. Whilst the man from Brixton attempted to counter, the sheer volume of pressure from ‘Del Boy’ probably edged him the round. Chisora’s work rate and success with a big looping left hand also gave him the 3rd.

After a quiet 4th round which Whyte won due to the crisper shots landed, the fight caught fire in the 5th. Chisora rocked Whyte with a lead left hook and an over hand right as he went looking for the finish. However, the physical exertion of the session had visibly taken its toll on Chisora as Whyte was let back into the round and finished the stronger.

Whyte landed a hurtful left hook at the start of the 6th and took the 7th with the greater scoring shots as the sapping nature of the fight was starting to drain both men.

Toe to toe action then ensued in the last minute of the 8th with Chisora getting the better of the exchanges after connecting with a thunderous left hook and several overhand rights. Whyte did well to stay on his feet and even summoned the strength to land a power shot just after the bell.  

The British heavyweight champion then produced the cleaner work in the 9th with body shots but Chisora answered back in the 10th with a big right hand and an uppercut.

As the fight entered the championship rounds the bout was still up for grabs. A left uppercut and greater volume of punches from Whyte won him the 11th whilst the last saw the two swinging from the hips looking for one last telling shot.

Upon hearing the result from legendary MC Michael Buffer, there were no complaints from anyone at ringside.  Both men deserve credit after the unsavoury build up in what was one of the most absorbing heavyweight contests for many years.

Concepcion v Yafai – Post Fight
By Neel Khagram

11th December 2016

Kal Yafai produced a dominant display to become WBA super-flyweight world champion after outpointing former 2 time king Luis Concepcion at the Manchester Arena. The three judges at ringside scored the fight 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110. Upon victory, Yafai made history by becoming the first world champion Britain has produced at the weight and the first from Birmingham.

Concepcion, who had lost his title on the scales the day before never got into the contest as Yafai got straight down to business from the first bell, sinking in hurtful body shots at will. 

The former Beijing Olympian’s dominance continued as the rounds went on, throwing a 3 punch combination in the 3rd, a short left uppercut in the 4th and a solid left hook in the 5th which all rocked the former champions head back.

Yafai’s greater speed was illustrated in the 10th as he sent Concepcion to the canvas with a short left hook in what was a punch perfect display.

At the final bell, there was no doubt who the victor was as Kal Yafai fulfilled his destiny to become world champion in his 21st outing.

Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina – Post Fight
By Neel Khagram

11th December 2016

Anthony Joshua successfully retained his IBF heavyweight title after stopping Eric Molina inside 3 rounds. Following his victory, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn announced that his charge will face Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium next April in a classic battle between the young lion and the old veteran.

Molina was hardly ideal preparation for Joshua ahead of this fight though as the champion barely got out of first gear to win. From the opening bell, ‘AJ’ worked behind the jab and landed several right hands to Molina’s body. The 2nd round followed a similar pattern with Joshua controlling range with the jab and thundering home with a powerful left hook to take full control of proceedings.

The end came in round 3 as Joshua upped the tempo of his work. He started unloading combinations which were piercing through Molina’s defence with regularity when a huge right hand eventually dropped the ‘Drummer Boy’ to the floor. Whilst Molina did well to make the count, Joshua immediately stepped in to finish the job.

Joshua will now move onto his greatest test in the professional ranks against Klitschko. Whilst many will legitimately argue that he has not been in with anyone at the level of the former unified champion, Klitschko is 41 years old and would have been out of the ring 18 months by the time the pair meet. Timing is everything in boxing, and with this in mind it just might be the perfect coming out party for Anthony Joshua.