A Recap of All of the Boxing over the Friday and the Saturday in the UK and the USA Including Berchelt vs Valdez, Kelly Avanesyan, Adrien Broner Showtime Triple Header and MORE. Berchelt vs Valdez Ended in a huge upset with Berchelt vs Valdez claiming early contender for knockout of the year.
February 19 #MTKFightNight: Gavin Gwynne Claims Commonwealth Title
Gavin Gwynne opened a string of upsets over the two days on Friday in the headline of a very evenly matched and entertaining MTK Show. His toughness and experience were too much for the talented Irish Southpaw prospect Sean McComb who turned his back and quit in the seventh round of a very high-paced bout. McComb was clearly exhausted and did not want any more punishment off of Gwynne.
Additionally, underdog Samuel Antwi Stopped MTK-Fighter Darren Tetley (20-1) in the chief support to claim the vacant English Welterweight Title. He floored Tetley with a body shot in the opening round and again in the sixth and final round. Antwi landed a devastating right hand straight after Tetley got up from the second knockdown to prompt the referee to call a stop to the fight.
On the Undercard, Danny Carr showed his class when he retained his southern area super-featherweight title. His movement and skills proved too much for Dean Dodge who constantly applied pressure and kept trying but was not fast enough to pin down Carr and when he did he was too hesitant to unload combinations.
February 20 Matchroom Kelly Avanesyan + Undercard:
Josh Kelly started really well in his European Welterweight clash with Russia’s David Avanesyan, claiming the first couple rounds due to his sharpness and speed. However, it all came crashing down very quickly in the sixth round as Avanesyan scored two knockdowns against Britain’s Kelly which encouraged Adam Booth to throw in the towel.
Avanesyan’s pressure and strength were too much for Kelly who couldn’t deal with the pure aggression and work-rate of the Russian. Kelly was ahead on the cards at the time of the stoppage but many Suggested Kelly being too big at the weight led to his stamina and punch resistance declining later in the fight.
Elsewhere on the card, Florian Marku got off the floor to stop Rylan Charlton in the co-main event. Gabriel Valenzuela narrowly outpointed Robbie Davies Jr in another upset. Additionally, Jordan Gill impressed by outboxing his tough Mexican opponent and Johnny Fisher had a successful professional debut knocking out Matt Gordon in the first round.
February 20 Showtime Triple Header Featuring Adrien Broner:
Adrien Broner returned to the ring and claimed a unanimous decision over unheralded Puerto Rican Jovanie Santiago. Most criticised the scorecards (115-112, 116-111 and 117-110) as Santiago landed double the punches of Broner in the fight and there wasn’t a single round where Broner outlanded Santiago. Furthermore, Broner got the first round where he landed zero punches.
Elsewhere on the card, Otto Wallin and Robert Easter Jr successfully returned with dominating unanimous decisions. The Sweedish heavyweight proved too be to fast for Breazeale who to his credit never stopped trying. Easter successfully outpointed Martin over 12 rounds on the Showtime Triple Header as well. The main event went on right after Berchelt vs Valdez.
February 20 Top Rank ESPN Berchelt vs Valdez
On the Berchelt vs Valdez Top Rank Show, Oscar Valdez produced an incredible performance that concluded in a ferocious, devastating knockout. Valdez controlled the action with his lead left hand and countered the slower, bigger, weight-drained Berchelt effectively. The start of the end began as early as the fourth round where Valdez scored a technical knockdown when Berchelt stumbled on a left-hand in the ropes.
Berchelt had some success in the next three rounds but the tide turned again in the 8th as Valdez successfully punched in combinations ending in his signature left hook. Berchelt was warned by his corner and the referee at the end of the 8th and 9th as he looked to have run out of ideas due to his limited skill.
In the 10th round, Berchelt went for the knockout as he was hugely down on the cards and tried to pin Valdez down but Valdez proved to be too elusive and landed his signature counter left hook that brutally Ko’ed Berchelt face-first on the canvas. This was a huge statement from Valdez in a big Mexican-fight and showed his vast improvements under Eddy Reynoso to claim the WBC Super Featherweight Title.