WINNER: TRAD TKO GYM
Over the weekend, the TRAD TKO gym in Canning Town scored two good victories at the Copper Box Arena card in nearby Hackney, London. Frank Buglioni continued his stellar progression with a swift, second round knockout over Branislav Kubin. Now ten fights into his professional career, with a 70% knockout rate, the popular Enfield bruiser will be positioned into the regional title picture.
Buglioni's TKO gym-mate Billy Joe Saunders headlined the bill and overcame stiff opposition in John Ryder to maintain his Lonsdale belt at middleweight, a title he has now won outright.
The TKO boxing club were unable to complete a stunning hat-trick of victories as, in the north of the country, likeable light middleweight Erick Ochieng lost his British title challenge by way of unanimous decision to Liverpool's Liam Smith. The manner in which the fight was contested, with viewers swapping Box Nation for Sky Sports, will no doubt see Ochieng feature in more TV spots in the coming months, though.
WINNER: FRANK WARREN
The debut of big-time boxing at the Copper Box proved successful, despite a late 1am finish. The backdrop to the evening was solemn due to the honouring of the late Dean Powell, Warren's long-time matchmaker, but one of the undoubted highlights of the night was Dereck Chisora's thumping stoppage triumph over Edmund Gerber.
Chisora entered the ring fighting back tears due to his closeness to Powell, but the Finchley brawler fought a composed fight, stayed disciplined in the face of a mid-fight crisis and scored a teekayo victory in order to win the European strap, a title he should have been awarded had it not been for a robbery in Finland two years ago.
Chisora's EBU coup is also one for Warren. The prominent promoter has stayed loyal to Chisora through a number of discrepancies... from biting Paul Butler to snogging Carl Baker at a weigh-in, slapping one Klitschko, spitting at another and brawling with David Haye at a post-fight press conference, Warren has remained loyal to his heavyweight asset. With a new-born Chisora, Warren's loyalty is paying off.
WINNER: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
With the postponement of the David Haye vs Tyson Fury fight due to a cut sustained by the former, the lineal heavyweight picture will surely be cleared up in a matter of weeks. The accomplished and long-reigning alphabet-title holding heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko has one mythical honour missing from his trophy cabinet: the lineal title.
With Haye's injury, the Englishman will surely be eliminated from the number two spot by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board due to his level of inactivity. This will elevate third placed Alexander Povetkin, meaning Klitschko's October 5 argument with the Russian will be for the lineal heavyweight championship, a title that has not been won since Lennox Lewis' retirement.
LOSER: DAVID HAYE
Unfortunately, the biggest British fight of the year - scheduled for this coming Saturday, September 28 - will not go ahead due to a brow cut suffered by David Haye, a week before the big event.
Opponent Tyson Fury has questioned the legitimacy of the injury and it is reminiscent of a number of late pull-outs Haye has been involved in, including, most recently, his late withdrawal from a Manuel Charr bout.
LOSER: DAVE PARRIS
Questionable judging has long plagued international and domestic boxing. CJ Ross has stepped down indefinitely following her bizarre submission of a draw score for the Floyd Mayweather against Saul Alvarez encounter, much to the delight of the pugilistic public, however, Dave Parris submitted a number of strange scores on Saturday sparking forum discussion over his ability as both a referee, and a judge.
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