Adam Kownacki had to endure twelve pulsating rounds of action to gain victory in his home town outing against Chris Arreola but did so with the same smile he has become known for. Kownacki and Arreola brought the pressure on a better than expected encounter with both taking the roles of rock em sock em robots in earning the record for combined punches thrown and landed.
Just when you thought that the Jean Pascal was ready to step into the role of gatekeeper for the division, he goes and surprises us with a solid victory over the formerly unbeaten Marcus Browne. Pascal dropped Browne three times on route to victory but was ultimately aided by a bad cut caused from an accidental headbutt in the eighth to capture the WBA Interim title at Light Heavy.
Wale Omotoso dropped Curtis Stevens three times before earning the stoppage in the third. Omotoso was supposedly not the puncher in the contest but showed the notion to be false, never allowing Stevens into the bout in a career’s best performance.
Welsh Welterweight Chris Jenkins waded into the lion’s den to defend his crown, coming back with a newly polished commonwealth crown to couple with his British title. It was a tale of two halves, Jenkins started brightly, controlling the early going whilst the latter stages belonged to Paddy Gallagher. A bad cut to the eye of the Swansea resident meant the decision would go to the scorecards where all three judges witnessed the bout in favour of Jenkins by 86-85 across the board.
Luke Keeler came up with a massive point victory over Luis Arias. Keeler was able to let his power be felt with two knockdowns. Arias tried to change the tide of the bout by using shall we say less savoury tactics of low blows and head clashes but in the end, it came to nothing with Cool Hand Luke winning by a sole score from the referee of 96-91.
Thomas Essomba sprung the surprise of the weekend for me, decisioning Sean McGoldrick to claim the vacant WBA Continental Bantamweight crown. Essomba came into the bout off loses to Lee McGregor and Kyle Williams plus had also been handed defeat by Jay Harris before then so I had envisaged a straight forward points win for McGoldrick but that wasn’t the case, Essomba’s intent was on the upset, employing solid aggression to unseat McGoldrick’s unbeaten record over the ten-round distance, a tactic which the Welshman was unable to overcome.
Curtis Stevens never really looked comfortable at his new home of 154, the movement was still there as he stalked as he normally would but the power which Stevens is renowned for was not readily available as it may have been in the past, unfortunately for him.
Chris Arreola finds himself in this category not primarily for his performance but on the wider perception that the fight on Saturday may have been his last hurrah.
Marcus Browne, his defence, in particular, was a little less than solid, where every time he looked to be gaining control of the contest a split second found another counter finding its way through the guard on route to putting him on the canvas (three times).
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