Where had Barry’s Lee Selby been hiding prior to his valedictory British and Commonwealth featherweight title win over Stephen Smith last September? The cocksure 25-year-old Welshman from Tony Borg’s flourishing St Jo’s stable in Newport proved a revelation by comprehensively outboxing, then felling, the former European amateur medallist in his home city of Liverpool.
Enzo Maccarinelli clambered off the canvas twice to win the British cruiserweight title with a unanimous points victory over Shane McPhilbin at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on Friday night.
But the bout was laced with controversy from the start when the timekeeper wrongly called an end to the first round with 47 seconds still left on the clock and the Welshman still reeling from an early knockdown.
If British boxing could speak, it would sound like Steve Bunce. The charismatic pundit has been writing, talking and, more recently, shouting about the sport for over 25 years now. In fact, he's as much a personality as the men that inhabit the ring and would come up in the pound-for-pound rankings for the verbals outside it as well.
Now for some awesome shots from last weekend’s instalment of Prizefighter, which was a barnstorming night by all accounts. Welshman Gary Buckland came out on top and walked away with a cheque for £32,000 but all were winners in a night promoter Barry Hearn described as ‘British boxing at its best’.
Photos taken by Philip Sharkey
Gary Buckland struck a mighty blow to Derry Mathews’ ribs to win the Prizefighter Super-Featherweights tournament at York Hall, Bethnal Green on a memorable night for British boxing.
The Welshman destroyed British champion Gary Sykes with a devastating knock out in the opening round of their semi-final before claiming the trophy and £32,000 winner’s cheque with a clinical second round knockout of Mathews in the final.
In the run-up to Prizefighter Super Featherweights on November 20th, Choi Tseveenpurev 'The Mongolian Warrior' has set about his opponents with a ferocious attack. Not a physical attack, but an assault on their eardrums.