Earlier tonight in Miami, Florida, Daniel Roman and Tevin Farmer both had their leather shed forcibly. They did it in wonderful, competitive and crucially skilful fights. Those important, world title bouts were fun to watch, but they were not simply “a bit of fun”. I hope you all know who and what I refer to; and to quote a man I respect too much to name on those others, those pimples on the arse of boxing.
“As long as people want to watch it, people will put the fight on.”
Charles Bronson vs Ian Huntley. I’d pay. I bet others would too. Make the fight. The prison service is scarily underfunded and the nation’s love of an underdog would be hugely put to the test. Plus Bronson has more right to qualify for a professional license. True Crime sells, and if we’re descending that way, let Gladiators do it not gimps with a Go Pro. Anyway.
Former Super Bantam Caesar Roman lost his WBA and IBF versions of that weight’s claim to world supremacy; those belts ebbing away to Murodjon Akhmadaliev, an Uzbek with just a seven fight (unbeaten) professional record. Over twelve rounds Akhmadaliev just did too much, too well, and too aggressively.
Although close, a 115-113, 113-115, 113-115 was a fair decision and recognition of quality
Tevin Farmer hurt JoJo Diaz early in their fight for Farmer’s world IBF title, but it was an accidental clash of heads which should have helped the champion. Diaz, however, maintained that “the gameplan didn’t change”. Farmer is much vaulted and was unbeaten for years prior to this, but his superlative slippery was unsatisfactory for the crucial spectators.
Judges are deliberately spaced around the ring, and in yet another well matched, world title contest on this card, a bloodied Diaz tearfully yet joyously took Farmer’s belt. 113-115, 113-115, 112-116 unanimously. Another highly skillful, full throttle fight.
Unbeaten Demetrius Andrade was never in doubt of doing anything but damage to his reputation fighting the game but cherry picked Luke Keeler.
Keeler is a tough man, but was sorely lacking at this level, however, Andrade did not show enough (for me) to prove he’ll beat GGG, BJS or the weight wandering moneyball Cinnamon. He stopped Keeler far enough into the rounds that it was a credit to Keeler. They both could beat up the Go Pro Gimps, even post fight.