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Written by Jake Wallwork

Two world title fights, a Mexican/Puerto Rican rivalry and a very low key fight for a world class fighter

                   

This weekend was another relatively quiet weekend in boxing, there was two world title fights in the lightweight and featherweight divisions, some really entertaining undercard fights and a low key fight headlined by a world class fighter.

There was no Friday Night Fights this Friday, so it’s really just a review of the action on Saturday.

Let’s see what happened.

Boxing in Glasgow

This was a pretty entertaining night of boxing in Glasgow, headlined by WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns. Burns successfully defended his lightweight strap against ex world champion Paulus Moses. The bout was very watchable but it wasn’t a very exciting fight because it was one-sided for Burns. Nevertheless Burns put on a really good performance and a fight between him and Kevin Mitchell looks likely to happen in the summer.

Scotsman Paul Appleby fought Irishman Stephen Ormond as the chief support for this fight card. The fight went the full ten rounds and Appleby was awarded a very close unanimous decision on the scorecards. Many thought that the then unbeaten Stephen Ormond had done enough to win a decision in a close fight, but it should be no surprise that a Scottish fighter got the decision in a close fight on Scottish soil.

Paul Appleby should get a fight with Gary Buckland or a rematch with Liam Walsh next.

Stephen Simmons AKA ‘The cruiserweight Cotto’ looked very impressive in his fourth professional fight. Simmons was very Cotto-like as he slowly broke down his opponent and stopped him in the sixth round. 

What made the stoppage look even more impressive was the fact that the man who Simmons had stopped – Hastings Rasani hadn’t been stopped in over a year and he outweighed Simmons by a stone and a half. The power is obviously there for Stephen Simmons. He’s one to watch in the cruiserweight division.

Light heavyweight prospect Callum ‘The one’ Johnson scored a very nice TKO in the first round of his fourth professional outing. Johnson trains at Gallagher’s gym and like Stephen Simmons, he is one to watch.

Boxing in Liverpool

Prize fighter semi-finalist Mike Robinson headlined this bill in Liverpool; he fought for the British super flyweight title but was unsuccessful in his bid to become British champion. He lost a unanimous decision to John Donnelly in a fight which was close on the scorecards.

Lightweight Lee Jennings also fought on the card; he was stopped in the second round after dropping his opponent Mark Evans in the first.

The two Liverpool boxers who fought on this fight card both lost, not a good night for Merseyside boxing.

Boxing in San Juan

There was a big fight between a Puerto Rican and Mexican on Puerto Rican soil; the Mexican Orlando Salido upset the home fans when he stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the tenth round after Lopez dropped him in the fifth.

The WBO featherweight belt was at stake, but also for Lopez a chance to avenge his only career loss to date. He was stopped by Salido in their first fight which happened in April, 2011.

After losing two of his most recent fights by knockout to the same guy, where does Lopez go from here?

The Co-Main event was a title eliminator for the WBO featherweight belt, unbeaten Mike Garcia stopped Bernabe Concepcion in the seventh round after dominating the fight from start to finish. Garcia looks set to fight Juan Manuel Lopez for the WBO title sometime in the future.

Jose A Gonzalez remained unbeaten and retained his WBO Latino title when he stopped Hevinson Herrera in the eighth round, after having him hurt since round five.

                             

Boxing in Detroit

Irish Andy Lee, who is struggling to get a big fight in the middleweight division, decided to take a stay busy fight against an opponent he described as a ‘club fighter.’ Lee stopped Saul Duran in the second round of their clash; Lee is now looking for a world title fight against any of the middleweight belt holders.

To sum up, there were some good fights this weekend, it definitely wasn’t one of this year’s best boxing weekends, but it wasn’t the worst. Next weekend we see: George Groves, Kell Brook, Carl Frampton, Matthew Hatton, Adil Anwar, Lee Purdy, John Ryder, Grzegorz Proksa and Sergio Martinez all in action, in what should be a very entertaining weekend for boxing. Thanks for reading.