Matchroom Leeds Rumble - 20th July 2016

Review by Shaz Chaudry

The whole of the Leeds First Direct Arena was bouncing as local favourite Josh Warrington "the Leeds Warrior" made his way to the ring escorted by Leeds footballer Sol Bamba holding his belt aloft.

His opponent Dubliner Patrick Hyland had failed to make weight for the contest (irrespective of which) Warrington won to retain his WBC International featherweight title.

Warrington with his loud and impressive support from his home town faithfull dominated from the outset with eye-catching combinations. He displayed a level of power and potency missing from his past performance which delighted all that had come to watch their fighter - the peoples Champion.

Warrington floored Hyland at the end of the 8th round with two big right handers with Hyland being saved by the bell.

In the 9th Warrington continued the assault flooring Hyland and after a brief exchange forced the referee to step and stretch his unbeaten run to set up a possible world title shot.

Earlier, Dillian Whyte beat David Allen for the WBC International heavyweight title by a unanimous points decision. The build up to this fight caused a social media frenzy with both fighters taking to twitter to hurl abuse and goad the other. Unfortunately, the fight was a lacklustre affair with neither figher able to land cleanly and consistently. Allen did demostrate an ability to withstand shots and having taken on the fight on 3 week notice, proved to me he can be competetive at this level. He has also won over a new set of fans and the exposure should be beneficial for his profile and career ahead. It will be interesting to see who both men fight next.
On the undercard Huddersfield's Tyrone Nurse had to get off the deck to retain his British super lightweight title on the cards with a gritty win over Tommy Coyle. The fight was fought at close quarters with neither fighter able to dominate and both giving a very good account of themselves.ll

Similarly, Luke Campbell survived an early knockdown to beat former world champion Argenis Mendez of the Dominican Republic to claim the vacant WBC silver lightweight title by a comprehensive unanimous decision. After the early knockdown I was fearful that Campbell may capitulate and we may have a Mendy esk outcome - but the resilience shown by Campbell was reassuring and Mendez is without doubt an impressive scalp on his resume.

Their was also an impressive win for Jake Ball who had his opponent down in the first and then forced a stoppage with a barrage of punches to secure his 6th win and remain unbeaten.

Felix Cash secured his second win in a paid contest dispatching of Edgar's Sneidze in the 2nd round with an improved and measured performance following his debut at the O2.

Frankie Gavin was pitted against a very awkward and frustrating Croat Ivo Gogosevic who was being backed vocally by the Leeds crowd and managed to grind out a win in the 4th round.
Gamal Yafai boxed with composure to retain his Commonwealth super-bantamweight crown, earning a decision on the cards over Josh Wale who despite a cut in the first battled and gave a gutsy performance.

Fellow Brummie Sam Eggington made light work of Dazza Usher with a quick stoppage. Vincent Feigenbutz followed suit and also stopped his opponent early.

The undercard was completed with points wins for both Ryan Burnett, Conner Seymour and young Reece Mould.