Sky Sports and Boxxer’s first show was not without it’s teething troubles. Chris Eubank Jr’s opponent failing a medical on the morning of the fight meaning the main event would not go ahead could have been disastrous but the remaining fights still gave us a good show. There was a big back stage area with lots of camera stations and back drops set up for interviews and I nearly walked up the ramp for the fighters ring entrances when trying to find the press section. I’m very glad an eagle eyed security lady stopped me before I seriously embarrassed myself.

David Avanesyan vs Liam Taylor replaced the original main event and very much delivered for the five odd minutes that it lasted. Taylor was brave and landed plenty of his own shots but lacked the power to keep Avanesyan off him and delay the inevitable. The writing was on the wall when Avanesyan dropped Taylor with a left hook/right hook combination at the end of the 1st round and even though Taylor tried to meet fire with fire in the 2nd round, Avanesyan continued to throw the power shots and land the far more telling blows. Two hurtful left uppercuts then left hook, right hook, left hook landed clean on Taylor and the referee had seen enough and stepped in to save him from further punishment. There were a few grumbles that the stoppage was premature but the referee had it spot on for my money.

Jamal Le Doux and Germaine Brown had a good old tear up at super middleweight. Brown had the upper hand early before Le Doux came back into the fight. Plenty of action and both landed full blooded shots but a stoppage win never seemed likely. The 99-92 verdict was perhaps a little harsh on Le Doux but the right man won.

Ebonie Jones made an impressive debut in the paid ranks at bantamweight outpointing the much larger Vaida Masiokaite. Jones had sold quite a few tickets and showed some good footwork on her way to a 59-55 victory.

Earlier in the night, cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe made hard work of Krzysztof Twardowski. Riakporhe came out to Glad All Over by the Dave Clark Five as a nod to his Crystal Palace fan base which then changed into some young people music I didn’t recognise after only a few seconds. Riakporhe bossed the action throughout the fight but often found himself frustrated. A big right hand dropped Twardowski in the 8th and final round but he survived to the bell where Riakporhe was given a 79-72 decision win. Riakporhe has been out of the ring for almost two years so some ring rust is to be expected but he should really be putting away opponents at this level. He faces Olanrewaju Durodola in London on Nov 20th where I’d hope to see him land a bit more leather.

No pub review to accompany this show I’m afraid. The biblical rain put me off wandering the streets of Wembley looking for suitable a pre fight boozer. However, the early finish to the hastily promoted main event meant that I was able to procure a four pack of Camden IPA for the journey home. I only drank two of them though cos I’m getting old.
Iain Dolan
Sky’s the limit for Boxxer