#MTKFIGHTNIGHT – MTK Global Live on IFL TV put on another fantastically matched show at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday 15th April topped by Gwynne Willis. It delivered fireworks from start to finish and had a little bit of everything you expect in a night of British boxing. A journeyman gave an unbeaten prospect all he could handle, a Fight of the year Contender and as always a controversial scorecard or two.
In the main event, Wales’ Gavin Gwynne extended his record to 15-2 by outpointing Liverpool’s Luke Willis (11-0) to retain his Commonwealth title and capture the vacant British Lightweight Title. The Scorecards were 118-110, 117-113 and 115-112 in a fight where more people had Willis winning than had Gwynne winning although they were a few for Gavin Gwynne.
Besides the winner, 118-110 and 117-113 are repeated cases of bad judging by BBBofC officials and it is becoming repetitive by the same judges. Michael Alexander, who had the 117-113 scorecard for Gavin Gwynne also scored Ryan-Farias 97-93 for Sandy Ryan and Parker Chisora 2 114-112. It is the same incompetent officials who keep ruining fights every time as well as Luke Willis’s right of getting a fair crack.
There is a strong case that even after 4 rounds, Willis had won more rounds than 1 judge had given him in the whole fight. Yes, it was a fight of two halves but there is no way you can give Luke Willis only 2 rounds. The General feeling was a couple of rounds either way with more favouring Wilis.
As Chief support to Gwynne Willis, Sam Gilley (13-1) and Drew Brown (12-0) gave us a fight of the year contender for the English Super Welterweight Title. It was non-stop action from the first round to the 9th round where Gilley’s extra power and freshness due to activity paid off and he ended the fight in an instant with two clean ferocious right hands that left Brown in no position to continue.
In Those 9 rounds was a guaranteed Round of the year in Round 8 where it was an all-out slugfest with both of them exchanging combinations. There were several moments in that round where they both landed big flurries and were massively hurt, but the other one came right back, the whole of York Hall was going crazy with fans on their feet shocked and delighted with what they were seeing.
Sam Gilley proved himself at the level, but there is no doubt Drew Brown can come back. With Williamson’s close fight with Mason Cartwright, for me, the next two fights that should be made is Troy Williamson vs Sam Gilley and Mason Cartwright vs Drew Brown. Potential for two more fantastic fight in one of Britain’s best divisions for entertainment value in recent years.
Main Action of the Gwynne Willis undercard
Former Southern Area Super Welterweight Champion, Dean Richardson made his ring return for the first time in two years in a much more lively fight than anyone expected up at middleweight. Richardson drew 57-57 to 10-40 journeyman Angel Emilov. While that might not look spectacular, Emilov is a more than capable fighter and Richardson clearly had plenty of ring rust. Emilov gave Kieran Gething, Anthony Tomlinson, among others plenty of problems and there is no shame in having a tough fight with him when you are 2-years out of the ring.
Kazakh Prospect Sultan Zaurbek had to get off the floor from a 3rd-round Right-Hand knockdown to viciously knock out late-replacement 11-6 Nicholas Bottelli with a round five left-hand body shot. Zaurbek is now 13-0 and is seen as a top prospect in an average division, the question is whether Zaurbek can land the big fights?
Pierce O’Leary controlled the action in the early parts of the round and then scored a KO-1 of his opponent 4-3 Nathan Augustine on the Gwynne Willis undercard. It was a brutal one-punch KO where his oponent tripped on his way down and worryingly fell on his head. It was a real statement from O’Leary and a KO to remember.
Prospects Impress and maintain Unbeaten Records
Nina Hughes Scored a first-round KD to stop Bec Connolly in the second round. The Normally durable and tough Connolly had no sense of defence or punch resistance in this fight and everything was hitting her and hurting her. From Ringside, it is quite evident that Connolly should seriously consider hanging up the gloves as she is usually much more resistant than she was yesterday and is much better defensively.
Carl Fail Scored a 60-54 points decision win over Victor Garcia to move to 6-0. Watching him on that night and many others, there is no doubt he is very talented and the only question is when they choose to step him up.
5-0 Elliot Whale became only the fourth man to stop Fernando Valencia in 33 defeats after a massive cut on the right side of Valencia’s face made his corner pull him out at the of round three.
Gavin Gwynne – Luke Willis Ringside Report