Brad Foster suffered a unanimous decision loss as he headlined in York Hall, on a card where we saw Raven Chapman wow in a first-round stoppage and some big KOs too in the other fights.
In the untelevised bout, Adan Mohamed went four rounds with Romanian journeyman Stefan Nicolae earning a shut out 40-36 victory taking his professional record to 5 and 0.
But it was the ‘Queen of Queensbury’ Raven Chapman that opened the TV coverage on BT sport from 7 pm with a vicious early knockout of Gabriella Mezei of Romania. Making a huge statement by ending the contest inside the first minute. We spoke with Raven immediately after the fight and the now 3-0 boxer is relishing the thought of being back out so soon after her debut under her new promotional team was very short-lived.
Joshua Frankham moved to 6 and 0 after a shut out four-round victory in his second contest with Naeem Ali, with the first coming in April last year with that result mirroring last night.
Sean Noakes made his professional debut against Lee Hallett over 4 rounds. Boxing his way to a 40-36 decision against the journeyman.
Another shut out points win for the second Frankham on the card. This time it was Charles 6-0 boxing six rounds, timing his shots perfectly and some clean work against a very tough opponent in Sandeep Bhatti who boxes again on the Leach vs Davies undercard in Telford on June 11th.
Micky Burke Jr 6-0 was in an interesting and entertaining contest with Ivica Gogosevic. Swinging wildly and coming forward with several looping arms that were all missing the target by some distance, the Croatian fighter was clearly looking for a big KO yet Burke Jr kept cool to end the bout in the fourth with a big left hook to the body leaving Gogosevic with his face flat on the canvas.
Andrew Cain 10-0 was one half of the co-main event being matched against Mexican Luis Moreno 10-3. It didn’t take long for the Liverpudlian to make another emphatic statement, claiming the WBC International Silver Super Bantam Title after dropping Moreno twice early in the contest that had only just it to the third minute of the first round when being halted.
Brad Foster Vs Baluta – Main Event
Brad Foster was looking to get back to winning ways, rebound from the UD loss to Jason Cunningham last year(who was sat ringside) and secure the rematch.
However, it didn’t quite go to plan for Brad Foster who now has another UD loss on his record. With scorecards of 97-93 twice and 98-94, it was Romanian who fights out of Madrid, Spain who’s hand was raised after 10 highly contested rounds.
Baluta tried to heat the pace up after being caught low by Foster early on in the fight, which prompted the home fighter to move a lot more, bobbing and weaving from Baluta coming forward, however, he was still being caught with punches as he tried to counter.
There wasn’t enough done from Brad Foster over the 30 minutes and with winning only 3 -4 rounds on the cards he and his team will go and take a good look at what went wrong on the night and look to bounce back again in a highly contested super bantamweight division on the UK domestic scene.
What next for Foster?
British champion Marc Leach 17-1-1 defends his Lonsdale belt against Liam Davies 11-0 in a few week’s time live on BT sport and with him wanting to win it outright he would need to defend it twice more
Is a fight with Leach a serious option for Brad Foster?
Having already been a British champion and winning it outright he will feel as though he is able to operate at a higher level but with two straight defeats against European level opposition he will need to regather himself and string some wins together.
Therefore fighting Leach would be a massive risk as the Salfordian is on a path to conquering the best in the division and after huge wins against Qais Ashfaq and Chris Bourke – where both were expected to win by many, he gave them a boxing lesson in both bouts!
The chance of a rematch with Cunningham is probably gone now. And after last night’s defeat, Brad Foster will want to prove he is still one of the top operators at the 122 lb limit and should want to face the next best in line in Marc Leach to prove that.
Other options For Brad Foster
If team Foster were to seek a well-matched opponent at the domestic level then there are names such as Scotland’s Billy Stuart 11-1 and Joe Ham 17-3 and Leeds native Zahid Hussain 16-2.
Super bantamweight is a division packed full of talent in the UK and most fighters in and around the top 15 have boxed each other and I feel Brad Foster still has a huge part to play at the top, despite the defeats!
By Dan Kelly