Weekend Roundup in an Action Filled Weekend of Boxing
By Niall Doran
Starting with Friday night Frankie Gavin returned to the ring in dominant fashion, stopping Jason Welborn inside the distance. Welborn started strong early on but as the fight progressed the strength and class of Frankie became evident and eventually stopped Welborn in the 7th with some devastating combinations.
Elsewhere in the UK the 28th edition of Prizefighter proved to be as exciting as ever with the Welterweights. This marked the first time that Prizefighter was shown in the US on Wealth TV and the Americans can surely be pleased with what they saw. All the fights were toe to toe battles with the majority of contestants being young up and coming fighters willing to put it all on the line for that £32k cheque. The eventual winner was Sunderland’s Glenn Foot who won a hard fought victory in the final over Dale Evans.
Stateside in New York, HBO’s bill in Madison Square Garden proved to be a very explosive night’s action. Mikey Garcia shocked Orlando Salido in their bout for the WBO featherweight title, dropping him four times before suffering a broken nose forcing to fight to go to the scorecards which he comfortably one. Garcia becomes the new champion and takes his record to an impressive 31-0.
On the same bill WBA and IBO Middleweight Champ Gennady Golovkin battered contender Gabriel Rosado in 7 rounds to retain his title. Besides a brief surge from Rosado in the 5th round, Golovkin dominated the fight forcing Rosado’s corner to throw in the towel in the 7th. Golovkin recorded his 12th straight stoppage win and moves to 25-0 as a professional.
Also over the weekend Kelly Pavlik announced his retirement from boxing stating that at this stage of his life his health is more important and doesn’t fell he has the drive for the sport anymore. At 30 years old Pavlik retires very young leaving behind him an impressive career where he became Middleweight champion twice defending his belt on numerous occasions against some of the world’s best.
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