We are at the end of November (already!) so we are ready with our nominations for the Southpaw Jab Fighter of the Month. A little change up this month – we are writing a short review as to why they have been nominated as three of our four finalists were on small hall shows that were not televised!
And with that, here are our nominations:
Andre Sterling – W pts vs. Kirk Garvey (New Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Champion)
Sterling was brought in as the opponent for the mandatory challenger for the Southern Area Title Kirk Garvey. Garvey, who had been waiting for his shot at the title for a while was the favourite going into the fight. But Sterling hadn’t read the script. Sterling sat on the taller Garvey’s chest and hustled his way to a 10 round points win to be crowned the new Champion – the first since Anthony Yarde.
Michael Ramabeletsa – W TKO vs Ryan Walker (New English Super-Bantamweight Champion)
Our headline for the write up of the event that Michael won his English title was “vindication” and both title winners that night will feel vindicated (we’ll get to the other shortly). Michael had fought for the English title 20 months before and was lucky to drop a split decision against the then unbeaten Josh Kennedy. Ramabeletsa didn’t leave it to the judges this time, catching his young opponent early and not letting up. Walker showed heart but Michael wasn’t going to let the chance pass him, forcing the ref to jump in and save Walker
Wadi Camacho – W TD vs Arfan Iqbal (New Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion)
Camacho was our other title winner from our “vindication” write up. Iqbal had beaten Wadi 16 months prior for the vacant English title and when this fight was announced, everyone wrote Camacho off. But Wadi fought like he has never done before. Producing a career best performance to win via a technical decision after Iqbal was injured and couldn’t continue. Camacho proved many people wrong and became the new Commonwealth Champion.
Michael Hunter – W TKO vs Alexander Ustinov (New WBA International Heavyweight Champion)
Hunter only took this fight on 2 weeks notice and gave away a staggering 66lbs weight advantage to Ustinov. But that didn’t stop Hunter from recording his second “upset” win in two months. Ustinov was also coming off a 12 round decision loss to Manuel Charr for the WBA Regular Heavyweight Title. In a case of déjà vu, Hunter utilised a very similar game plan that had seen him beat Martin Bakole only 42 days prior. Hunter had Ustinov down in the 8th and then the 9th for the finish and has firmly put himself in the mix at heavyweight.
Please have your vote on our Twitter page as to who you believe should win the November fighter of the Month.
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— Southpaw Jab (@southpaw_jab) November 27, 2018
Please note: All fights happening on the 30th November will be considered for the December Fighter of the Month award