Friday, 23 March 2012
23/03/2012 Great night for Welsh Boxing
Gavin Rees retains his European crown tonight after a 7th round TKO of Anthony Mezaache. It was early on in the fight when Mezaache produced a cut at the top of his head which left blood streaming down his face and at times obscurring his vision. Rees took advantage and went after Mezaache from there on out, this left Mezaache with no other option than to stand toe to toe with the Welshman and go for the knockout knowing that the fight could be stopped at any moment. Mezaache's corner did a great job to keep the cut tidy for as long as they did, but it seemed to be getting worse for the Frenchman as Rees stepped up his game after every round and eventually throwing a great flurry of punches in round 7 left the official no choice but to step in and stop the bout. A great encounter overall and Rees will come away from this with a 36-1-1 record and will now be looking for a bigger fight and most possibly against a fellow British Lightweight.
Also Enzo Maccarinelli Boxed a good fight against Shane McPhilbin tonight to win the British Cruiserweight belt that had eluded him for so long. Maccarinelli entered this fight knowing that he would have to pull off the win without trainer Enzo Calzaghe as he is currently without a License. Calzaghe is without the required first aid course completion that would allow him his training License, and it would have been interesting to see what he had made of tonights performance from the officials that surrounded the ring had he have been there. Mcphilbin had been ruled to have gone down in the later stage of the fight but after close inspection it showed he was muscled to the ground, but the most talked about point will be around the 47seconds that went missing in round 1 from the timekeeper. The BBBC will have their work cut out tonight trying to puzzle together what had happened during the bout, but the most work will have to now come from Maccarinelli as he still looked a shadow of himself and will no doubt have to get back in shape as this is heading straight for another rematch after what happened here tonight.