By Kurt Ward
Eurosport was live from the Rhydycar leisure centre in Wales on Friday night and during one fight the night took a strange turn. The bout was between debutant Morgan Jones and Chris Ware, 4-0 (2), in the light heavyweight division. For some strange reason the commentators, former WBC Super middleweight world champion Richie Woodhall and Tim Capel, believed they were watching two completely different boxers who had appeared on the card.
Bizarrely, they thought Jones was Chris Jenkins, a 16-0 light welterweight hot prospect, and mixed up Welshman Chris Ware with Polish fighter Jacek Wylezol. This went on for almost the entirety of the four-round contest until, at some point during the last round, the commentators suddenly realised their mistake and comically began referring to the boxers by their actual names.
There was no reason given for the error and after Jones was declared the winner (yes Jones, not Jenkins), Capel quickly said goodnight and the show abruptly ended. Incidentally, Jenkins stopped his Polish opponent in the first round of their bout.
Only in Boxing, I guess.
The sport featured heavily on our screens on Saturday with action from Hull, Liverpool and Monte Carlo all broadcast simultaneously. Sky Sports was in Hull as Luke Campbell, 9-0 (7), looked excellent in his first real test as a pro in dominating Daniel Brizuela, while in the main event Tommy Coyle, 20-2 (9), scored a stunning KO over a badly faded Michael Katsidis, 30-7 (24).
It wasn't nice to see a warrior like Katsidis go out like that but sometimes it is necessary for a fighter, especially a hugely proud man like Michael, to finally realise enough is enough.
The Aussie has had a great career and was always must watch TV in his prime. Eddie Hearn, of Matchroom Sport who promotes both Campbell and Coyle, now has his eyes on a summer showdown between the two, which would do good business in Hull. The tentative date is May 30, 2015.
Kevin Satchell, 13-0 (2), became the European Flyweight champion after defeating Valery Yanchy, 23-4 (7), live on Boxnation. The show from Liverpool also featured a fantastic performance by 21-year-old Jack Catterall, 10-0 (6), as he scored an upset victory over home favourite Tom Stalker, 9-1 (2). There was also wins for Paul Butler, Derry Matthews and Liam Smith.
Gennady Golovkin, 31-0 (28), fresh off his dominating performance over Marco Antonio Rubio last week, was ringside in Monte Carlo to see his February 21st opponent, Martin Murray, in action.
Murray, 29-1-1 (12), defeated Italian Domeico Spada after seven rounds of a dull affair when Spada was unable to continue after suffering a cut. I doubt many fans watching were angered by the early ending as the bout just failed to excite. Murray simply hasn't capitalised on his excellent effort in Argentina when he came close to upsetting then middleweight king Sergio Martinez.
Murray left Ricky Hatton's promotional stable and hooked up with African promoter Golden Gloves and has now had three fights under them. Unfortunately for him, nothing in those three fights suggest he can defeat the hard-hitting Kazakh.
On the undercard former IBF Bantamweight title-holder Stuey Hall, 16-4-2 (7), gave a great account of himself against undefeated Randy Caballero, 22-0 (13), for the vacant strap. The judges [118-110, 116-111, 116-111] may have had it wide for Caballero, but Hall pushed him all the way to the final bell and the cards should have reflected how well he did.
We received sad news from the States in the week when former three-time boxing champion Iran 'the Blade' Barkley was hospitalised on Wednesday after suffering a stroke after having a seizure at his Bronx home. The 54-year-old fought a who's who of champions during his career with his third round upset knockout over the legendary Tommy Hearns in 1988 his greatest achievement.
Thankfully, Iran's niece, Barbara, speaking to the NY Daily News, had an update for everyone: "He’s good, he’s talking, he still looks like Iran. He can walk around and everything. He’s going to be here for a couple of days but he’s doing well. He’s alert.”
Barkley retired in 1999 with a record of 43-19-1 (27) and shared the ring with the likes of Roberto Duran, James Toney, Nigel Benn, Sumbu Kalambay and Michael Nunn.
We also heard that Emanuel Augustus, the entertaining former boxer with the deceiving record who was shot in the head on October 14 in Louisiana, is making a remarkable recovery after initially being in critical condition on life support.
A warrior in the ring, Augustus, known as the “Drunken Master”, never had it easy and would regularly take fights at short notice in his opponents' back yard. He finally retired in 2011 with a record of 38-34-6 (20 Kos) that will never tell the full story.
In 2000, he faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. and was stopped in nine rounds. Floyd, to this day, tells people that it was his toughest fight. That's not a bad compliment. The next year he was involved in a fight with Micky Ward that was named by RING magazine as the fight of the year. Check it out if you're yet to see it.
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