By Paul McLaughlin – A fantastic night of UK boxing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, billed as the battle of the Mersey and boy did it live up to its billing. Six Top class domestic fights and its hard to pick the best one I have got it down to 3.
Ohara Davies v Tom Farrell
Davies the Super lightweight took on Farrell in his comeback fight after losing previously to Josh Taylor. Davies didn’t take long to take Farrell apart dropping him twice in the first round with two heavy punches and it looked like it wouldn’t reach the second round however the plucky Farrell rose to his feet and saw the bell. He came out unsteady for the second round and was again floored by an unrelenting Ohara Davies…but Farrell showed the heart of a lion and got up again. After a steady couple of rounds Davies piled on the pressure again and it was all over in the 6th. Afterwards Davies said he was pleased with his performance but needs to do a lot more in his next fight. I agree, he has devastating power but needs to get his head together if he’s going to make it to the big league.
Rocky Fielding v David Brophy
Rocky Fielding took on David Brophy for the Commonwealth Super Middleweight title in a much hyped encounter however the fight ended spectacularly in the first round, Fielding had Brophy on the floor with a punishing hook and Brophy looked more upset than hurt with the first knockdown. Rocky’s power then kicked in and in wasn’t long before a barrage of blows and a huge right hook saw Brophy down and out. It was a shame that the fight didn’t live up to its pre fight hype but great for Rocky Fielding himself as he suffered a similar style defeat to Callum Smith last year, The future is looking bright for Rocky from Stocky.
Sean Dodd vs Tom Stalker
This was without a doubt the fight of the night, Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd Defended his Commonwealth lightweight title against former Olympian Tom Stalker in a fight that many thought Stalker would win. Dodd fights very unconventionally and without sounding harsh he does not look like a boxer, but Masher can box, he beat Stalker to every punch and looked like he could’ve gone another 20 rounds after winning his unanimous decision on the night. Masher is a real character and a credit to the sport and its strange to think that he actually helped to build the Arena that he won his title in! He will not win any world titles but he has one the hearts of many a boxing fan after another cracking performance.