By: Ian Webb
December 9th, Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London: In a non-title contest heading a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotion's "The Boy's Are Back In Town" Barry, Wales, IBF Featherweight Champion, Lee “Lightning” Selby won a one way twelve round unanimous decision over Sinaloa, Mexico’s previously unbeaten “now you see him now you don’t Eduardo “Zurdo” Ramirez.
Demoted to a non-title fight after Ramirez failed to make weight the champion Selby caught with an early Ramirez power shot quickly moved to his boxing persona using his superior skills taking the fight to the middle rounds where taking his foot off the pedal allowed Ramirez to battle back until the closing rounds increasingly opening the gap boxing his way to a 118-110, 119-109, 116-112 unanimous decision. Selby improves to 26-1, 9Ko’s while the formerly unbeaten Ramirez slips to 20-1-3, 7Ko’s.
In what could be the upset of the year Osseo, Minnesota, gate keeper Caleb “Golden” Truax claimed the IBF Super Middleweight title scoring a twelve-round majority decision over St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK’s, James “Chunky” DeGale.
Degale and Truax staring with a custom feeling out opening round with the Champion De Gale attempting to draw Truax in fighting off the ropes.
Truax the aggressor would have his moments in the third as the two batted even in round fourth with the action picking up Truax having battled the likes of Antwun Echols, Andy Kolle, Jermain Taylor, Donovan George, Daniel Jacobs and Anthony Dirrell began to land some clean solid shots in round five opening a cut in Degale’s mouth with a ripping uppercut.
Riding the momentum Truax pushed the action putting the champion in retreat in rounds six and seven targeting “Chunky’s” body in the eighth. Following an apparent mutually agreed refueling round nine the “Golden” challenger backed the fading champion to the ropes for a series of heavy power shots in round ten.
Both fighters sensing the fight was on the line with the more aggressive Minnesota challenger held on through the championship rounds to grab a hard fought 114-114, 115-112, 116-112 majority decision win.
Truax improves to 29-3-2, 18Ko’s while Degale unbeaten since his 2011 majority decision loss to George Groves coming off a hotly contested draw with Badou Jack last January drops to 23- 2-1, 14Ko’s.
lford, Essex, UK, WBO European and WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Titlist, Anthony Yarde added the WBO European strap with a fourth round TKO stoppage of Budva, Montenegro’s, Nikola Sjekloca.
Yarde keeping it simple working behind his jab and a robust right hand flooring the 39-year-old, Sjekloca in rounds two and four closing the show with an unanswered bilateral assault forcing referee
Steve Gray to put a stop to the fight at 1:08 of round four. Yarde advances to 14-0, 13Ko’s while Sjekloca suffering his first stoppage loss falls to 32-5-1, 11Ko’s.
In a ten-round heavyweight bout of contrasting punchers Greenwich, London’s, power punching Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois made it six straight Ko victories since turning pro in April rocking Aberdare, Wales, Dorian Darch with the very first punch sending the punch and grab Welshman to the canvas near the close of round one with a heavy looping right hand.
Somehow still available Darch met by the full force of Dubious in round one would hit the canvas again in the opening seconds of round two compliments of a Dubious right hand, chopping left hook. Allowed to continue Darch would revisit the canvas two more times in the round forcing referee Robert Williams to immediately wave the bout over at 0:51 of round two. The former Anthony Joshua sparring partner improves to 6-0, 6Ko’s while the non-threatening Darch winless in his last three drops to 12-6-1, 1Ko.
Brentwood, Essex, UK’s, “Smokin” Joe Mullender claimed the vacant IBF East/West Europe Middleweight Title with an eleventh-round stoppage of Newport, Wales, Lee Churcher.
The 31-year-old Mullender dominating the action putting the battered Churcher on the canvas twice in round five, once in the eighth and again in the round eleven conclusively forcing referee Steve Gray to call the bout to a close at 0:50 of round eleven. Mullender moves to 11-2, 5Ko’s while the thirty-seven year-old Churcher drops to 13-4-1, 4Ko’s.
Peckham, London’s, Johnny “The Pexican” Garton took hold of the vacant IBF East/West Europe Welterweight Title with a penance taking, hard fought ten round stoppage win over Hauts-de-Seine, France’s, determined Mihail Orlov.
Orlov off to a good start behind his jab would begin to fade to Garton’s pressure in round five only to see the two put it all on the table trading shots down the stretch until round ten when the relentless Garton backed, trapped and hammered the weakened Frenchman in the corner forcing the referee to stop the scheduled twelve rounder. Garton moves to 21-1-1, 8Ko’s while Orlov falls to 12-7-1, 4Ko’s.
In a record padding super featherweight bout Welling, London, 22-year-old, “Sharp Shooting” Archie Sharp remained unbeaten scoring a tighter than scored back and forth scrap over Barcelona, Spain’s, Rafael Castillo. Sharp improves to 11-0, 6Ko’s while the professional opponent Castillo winless in his last seventeen, yes seventeen dives to 14-38, 6Ko’s.