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Written by Jake Wallwork

Punchbag blog takes a look at all of the action which took place this weekend


The past two weekends have had many controversial and entertaining moments in boxing. We had the Chisora/Haye/Klitschko love triangle, entertaining scraps and some very good individual performances. This weekend wasn’t anywhere near as entertaining as the weekends before, but they were some big name fights and very good knockouts.

Let's review some of the action.

Friday night in London

This Friday in London we saw Stephen Smith score a first round TKO win over Ben Jones in a bout which was scheduled to go twelve. This was Smith’s second knockout victory in the space of two weeks. The first was in Munich, Germany. Smith said he wants to fight Lee Selby to try and avenge the only loss of his professional career.

On the undercard, we saw Ashley Sexton successfully win his first fight of 2012 by outpointing Thomas Masson in an eight round fight. Heavyweight prospect Dillian White looked very impressive in his fifth professional fight; he landed a very big right hand which prompted the referee to call off the bout there and then. Cruiserweight journeyman Moses Matovu took away Irv Pascal’s unbeaten record, in an entertaining four round fight. However Moses himself admitted to being lucky in getting the victory.

Boxing in Sheffield

In Sheffield, Jamie McDonnell looked good whilst defending his EBU bantamweight title for the fourth time since winning it in 2010. McDonnell landed a perfect body shot on his opponent Ivan Pozo and Ivan couldn’t beat the count of ten.

We saw a very bizarre fight between heavyweight old-timer Matt Skelton and young prospect Tom Dallas. Skelton bullied Dallas from the get go, forcing Dallas to continuously retreat to the ropes where he would find himself getting hit flush with right hands. The fight got particularly hard to watch in round five when Dallas wasn’t throwing many punches, and as a result got pounded to the head whilst lying on the ropes.

The referee rightly stopped the fight and Skelton won his first fight, since losing the prize-fighter final in 2010.

Danny Price made it four out of four as a professional; he outpointed John Anthony in a four round fight, but didn’t look very impressive. However in a post-fight interview, Price admitted to having an injury coming into the fight.

Boxing in Dusseldorf

In one of the biggest miss matches of all time, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko scored his 50th career knockout over ex cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck. Wladimir dominated (as expected) from round one, and had Mormeck down in the second before putting an end to it in the fourth.

Also on the bill we saw Ola Afolabi (known for his knockout win over Enzo Maccarinelli) win the WBO interim cruiserweight title by stopping Valery Brudov in the fifth round. Afolabi is looking to fight either Marco Huck or Dennis Lebedev next.


Speaking of cruiserweights, apparently David Haye and Vitali Klitschko verbally agreed to fight each other on German television. This is good news for those who want to see this fight happen, but looking back at the negotiations between Haye and the Klitschko brothers, I wouldn’t start celebrating until the two step foot in the ring.

Boxing in ChonBuri

Some are calling it one of the biggest upsets in boxing history; Pongsaklek Wonjongkam lost his WBC flyweight title to the unknown Sonny Boy Jaro. Wonjongkam lost in his home country of Thailand and it was his first loss in in five years, and his first knockout loss since 1996. He was floored three times throughout the fight, and after a long successful career, retirement may be his next move.

Some more action from this weekend – Fernando Montiel knocked out Angky Angkota in the 9th round from a body shot. Heavyweight Fres Oquendo got back to winning ways with an early knockout win. Vicente Escobedo won his third fight on the trot since losing to Robert Guerreo in 2010.

Compared to recent weeks this was a fairly quiet weekend in boxing. Apart from the upset in Thailand, the weekend produced pretty much everything we expected. As always I look forward to next weekend and thanks for reading.