At the First District Arena in Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Frank Warren’ Queensbury Promotions presented unbeaten Featherweights IBF champion Josh Warrington defended his title winning a split decision over Kid Galahad in a fould filled Main Event over ESPN+.
In the first round IBF World Featherweight champion Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington, 29-0 (6), #125 ¾ of Leeds Yorkshire, UK, won a foul filled split decision over Quatar’s Kid Galahad, 26-1 (15), #125 ¾, of Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, over 12 rounds.
In the first round Galahad grabbed Warrington within 10 seconds. Galahad landed the first punch from southpaw a left to the chin of Warrington. Galahad switched back and forth from southpaw to orthodox and was warned several times about holding and using his head. In the second and third rounds Warrington tried making a fight of it but Galahad was more interested in a wrestling match.
In the fourth round Galahad made more of a fight of it. In the fifth round a right from Warrington on the chin of Galahad had him holding on. Galahad kept trying to slow the action of the stronger Warrington.
In the sixth round Galahad landed a good combination making Warrington clinch. Referee Phil Edwards took Galahad aside warning him of holding. In the seventh round Galahad came low looking for a clinch and walked into a Warrington right on the chin.
In the eighth round Galahad kept having Warrington fight his fight. Warrington got inside landing several punches and was immediately tied up. In the ninth round once again Galahad was warned for holding. Warrington landed a chopping right on the head of a ducking Galahad.
In the tenth round Galahad used more dirty tactigs like cuffing with his glove and using his head whenever Warrington landed good shots. In the eleventh round Warrington came out with a flurry of punches backing Galahad up. Warrington ended the round with good body shots.
In the twelfth and final round the fight ended the way it was in the previous eleven rounds with too much holding by Galahad. He should have lost points but Referee Edwards would never take that away from Galahad.
Scores were Foster 115-113 Galahad. Gray 116-112 Warrington. Alexander 116-113 Warrington. This writer had it 114-114.
Super Welterweight James “Kid Shamrock” Metcalf, 20-0 (12), #152 1/2 of Liverpool, UK, stopped Jason Welborn, 24-8 (7), #152 1/2, of Tividale, West Midlands, UK, at 2:25 of the eighth round for the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire), Super Welterweight Title over 12 rounds.
In the first round Metcalf used a good jab while Welborn hands high stayed on the defense for the most part. In the second round Welborn rocked Metcalf who was against the ropes but failed to follow up. Metcalf had Welborn missing quite a bit when he did throw punches after this.
In the third round Welborn had Metcalf moving backwards for the most part. In the fourth Welborn had the face of Metcalf showing the harder punching of Welborn. Both fighters kept their hands high until opening up. Welborn seemed to even the fight up at this point.
In the fifth round Welborn continued using rough tactics having Metcalf, the better boxer, backing up for the most part. In the sixth round the Referee Gray finally took Welborn to the corner telling him to open up. It wasn’t half a minute later when he warned Metcalf to keep his punches up after several low punches.
In the seventh round Metcalf got inside landing good body shots. The action seemed to pick up with the final 20 seconds with both fighters exchanging punches.
In the eighth round Metcalf dropped Welborn to a knee with a low right. Referee Gray took a point from Metcalf. Seconds later when the fight continued Metcalf landed a vicious left hook to the side of Welborn dropping him. Upon beating the count Welborn spit out his mouthpiece signalling he had enough.
Super Featherweight Zelfa “Brown Flash” Barrett, 22-1 (13), #129, of Manchester, Lancashire, UK, won a lopsided decision over Leon Woodstock, Jr, 12-2 (5), #129, of Leicestershire, UK, winning the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Featherweight title.
In the first round Woodstock kept coming forward while eating leather from Barrett who had his jab working well with occasional left hooks to the chin of Woodstock.
In the second round Barrett continued to move well giving Woodstock a boxing less. In the final minute of the round Barrett landed a low left hook and was warned by the Referee.
In the third round Barrett continued moving and boxing well. Woodstock is getting closer to landing punches but even when Barrett decides to mixit up he gets the best of it.
In the fourth round Barrett continues putting the jab in the face of Woodstock easily winning the round. For the second round in a row at the end of the round Woodstock raises his hands as if he’s either done well or won the round. Someone in the corner but wake him up and tell him he hasn’t won a round yet
In the fifth round Barrett changed his style and laned a pair of solid rights to the head of Woodstock in the opening 30 seconds of the round. Though Woodstock landed more punches in this round than the previous four rounds it didn’t seem enough to take the round. In the sixth round it was more of the same with Barrett starting fast landing solid punches before he got on his bike.
In the seventh round swelling is starting to show on the hairline of Woodstock from the accumilation of punches he’s taken. When he is able to cut off the ring he got outpunched.
In the eighth round though the commentators claim Woodstock is in the fight this writer hasn’t given him a round. At the end of the round Barrett tapped Woodstock on the chest laughing but Woodstock obviously didn’t appreciate the gesture.
In the ninth round Barrett continued landing punches with a right hand with 30 seconds left in the round out went the mouthpiece of Woodstock. In the tenth round it looked like Barrett was trying to end the fight from the mid point of the round up until the bell.
In the eleventh round Barrett continued to show he had a variety of punches besides his jab. His right uppercuts landed well on the chin of Woodstock. In the twelfth and final round near the halfway mark Barrett finally made the knees of Woodstock buckle. His chin had been solid considering all the amount of punches he received up to that combination. With 30 seconds let Barrett started raising his hand only to allow Woodstock to get a couple of punches in. There was blood under the eye of Woodstock from an approximate one inch cut. His face was well battered at the end.
Scores were Gray 118-110 while judges Edwards and Foster 117-111. This writer had it 120-108.