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From Our Editor: Guerrero's Decline & Las Vegas!

Adam Thorn

While it’s over a week late, and I’ve spoken to both since, I’d just like to take the opportunity to publicly congratulate both Darryll Williams and Asinia Byfield on their excellent wins on July 8th. It was a fantastic evening’s boxing at the Copperbox, and I was privileged to have been there. We’ve loads of exclusive pre-fight and post fight coverage on the site LINK so please have a look around for it.

The big fight of the weekend on these shores featured Chris Eubank junior defending his IBO super middleweight belt against the ageing Arthur Abraham. I haven’t seen the fight but it sounds like a fairly straightforward win for the younger Eubank, who doesn’t exactly inspire affection from people with his persona. It’s a shame because he’s actually an entertaining boxer. He now enters the World Boxing Super Series, to face Avni Yildrim in the quarter final, with George Groves or Jamie Cox in the semi final. Also Lee Selby finally got to fight Jonathan Barros and defended his IBF featherweight title by unanimous decision. Selby vs Frampton would make for a very exciting domestic duel.

Around the world this weekend just gone, Robert Guerrero lost for a sixth time in his professional career to ricky Burns conqueror Omar Figueroa jr. Guerrero has now lost five of his last seven fights, beginning with dropping a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather. It’s sad to see his decline so sharply but it was inevitable, his style relied on swift, awkward movements, and he’s 34 years old now. Since leaving featherweight, he’s also not been a noted puncher, . Time has inevitably caught up with the former three weight world champion, whose most recent best wins were now five years ago, when he ruined the myth around Selcuk Aydin’s invincibility and bamboozled Andre Berto later that year.

The highlights make for an entertaining watch, as Guerrero went out swinging, but was totally outgunned by Figueroa Jr, being dropped five times en route to the referee stepping in to save “The Ghost” more punishment. He’d never been knocked out before but looked like his movement and punch resistance were a thing of the past. Elsewhere in the States, light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr knocked Sullivan Barrera down in the first, celebrated like he’d won, then lost every other round of a fight confusingly scheduled for 12 rounds, but stopped at the end of the tenth.

The main event on that bill in California was an entertaining scrap between Miguel Berchelt and Takashi Miura for the WBC super featherweight title. Berchelt took a unanimous decision, and is not afraid of a tear up. It would make for good TV to see him in with Lomachenko, Walters or Davis.

It’s not long now until team Hellraiser boards a flight to Las Vegas for two weeks at Floyd Mayweather’s gym. Mickey goes out every year with some of our fighters to get top quality sparring, previous trips have benefitted Darryll Williams, Elliot Matthews, Aarron Morgan and others. This year’s guests are “Hollywood” Joshua Ejakpovi and Asinia Byfield, and of course, me! I won’t be sparring, obviously, but I will be there documenting it and reporting back to you all in the United Kingdom. It should be a highly fun and unique experience!

Posted: 17th Jul 2017

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