On another busy weekend, there was some great action and a controversial decision. There was also some good stoppage wins and some hard-fought points decisions. So, here’s a look back at the best action –
- Ryan Burnett vs Zhanat Zhakiyanov – IBF & WBA Bantamweight titles –
Ryan Burnett added the WBA bantamweight title to his IBF crown with a hard-fought gruelling points win over Zhakiyanov. ZZ started well and pressured Burnett to claim the first few rounds. But Burnett found his range from round 4 and started to outbox the Kazakh. It was nip and tuck action all the way as neither fighter took a backwards step. Instead of trying to outbox ZZ, Burnett seemed happier to stand and trade in what turned out to be a real phone booth battle. Burnett eventually took a points decision with the judges’ scorecards reading 118-110, 119-109 and 116-112. With the win, Burnett at only 25 is a unified champion and has firmly cemented his place as the man to beat in the division.
- Paul Hyland Jnr vs Stephen Ormond – IBF European Lightweight title –
Paul Hyland Jnr claimed a controversial points decision over Stephen Ormond. Ormond survived a knockdown in round 2 from a crisp straight right from Hyland, and was outworked in the first few rounds. But Ormond regrouped and came on strong from the mid-way point and began to outwork and bully Hyland for most of the fight, but it was Hyland Jr who edged the cards with scores of 117-110 and 114-113, while one judge gave Ormond the fight by 115-112. In what was a cracking fight, surely a rematch is the only option to settle matters…
- James Tennyson vs Darren Traynor – WBA Intercontinental super-featherweight bout –
James Tennyson stopped Darron Traynor in the third round after an explosive shootout to retain his WBA International super-featherweight title. The two traded bombs right from the start and it looked like a matter of ‘who will land first’. Tennyson finally landed the big shot in round 2 that floored Traynor, who gamely rose to battle on. The pattern continued into round 3 when Tennyson began landing more frequently and connected with a perfectly timed right hook that left Traynor sprawled out on the canvas and put an end to the contest. With the win, Tennyson is in a great position to challenge for the WBA title within the next year, and with his all-action style ‘The Assassin’ is in with a shot against anyone.
- Josh Warrington vs Denis Ceylan – IBF Featherweight eliminator –
Josh Warringotn stopped Denis Ceylan in round 10 to finally land a shot at IBF champ Lee Selby. Warrington as always, was busy from the start and set a relentless pace. Ceylan kept up and traded shots with Warrington as work-rate proved too much he fight progressed. Into the later rounds Warrington’s pressure took its toll on Ceylan in round 10 as a series of punches sent Ceylan down hard and struggled to make it back up. Warrington followed up with another series of shots to send Ceylan crashing for the second time, and he was unable to beat the referee’s count as he struggled to get up on very unsteady legs.