Today I attended my very first small hall event on a Goodwin Boxing promoted show at York Hall (Epsilon). New Age Boxing offered me the opportunity to report on the show for their website www.newageboxing.co.uk. I love talking about boxing but this is the first time I've ever been asked to write about it. Before I continue I want to say thank you to Martin for offering me his ringside seat and an opportunity to report on the action, also thanks to Craig & Sam at #FightTalk and James @ Round8 for looking after me at York Hall.
Before I go into specifics about the action I just want to describe the event as a whole, the atmosphere inside York Hall at times was like nothing I've ever experienced before, you had a debutant like Tunji Ogunniya with hundreds of fans chanting and cheering every punch he threw it was incredible. There was a real family feel to some of the fights with friendly banter between one group of fans and another, at the end of the day everyone who boxes deserves maximum respect! The entertainment on the day was fabulous, from the music to the mc to the boxing itself everything was top notch. The fights were very well matched, not all were top level fights but almost all were competitive and enjoyable. One thing that really impressed me was the levels of the journeymen, were so used to seeing journeymen looking basic swinging windmills and getting knocked out easily but Steve Goodwin & team must have really done their homework, I feel all but one of the fights against journeymen would have developed the home fighter further and that's all you can ask for.
Onto the main event, an anticipated match up between the previously untested Arfan Iqbal and the well seasoned Wadi Camacho, from very early on it was easy to see how this fight was going Camacho was struggling to establish his jab and seemed "gun shy" with his powerful left hand, Iqbal on the other-hand was extremely confident almost instantly landing the his straight right, to say Iqbal's right hand is a weapon would be an understatement, it broke Camacho's guard time after time. Wadi was unable to push any sort of offence until the 4th round where he pushed Iqbal onto the ropes and landed a large left hand, unfazed by this Iqbal walked forwards and as Camcho threw a lazy looking shot Iqbal landed a mammoth right hand! Camacho's legs buckled and Iqbal smelt blood, he pounced on his prey and took him out in lethal fashion, the final shot a solid right hook which sent Camacho's head back, the ref had seen enough and stepped in.
Also to pick out a special performance, Adrian Martin fought really well against a tough and awkward southpaw displaying his speed and quality punch selection to move to 5-0 but the night ended as a double win for Adrian Martin who after his fight invited his girlfriend into the ring for a boxing engagement! She said yes so all is well. Congrats Adrian!
There were many other special young fighters on show, I'll post my New Age Boxing report for you all to read soon! (Can't stand the picture below but it's the only one I have of me reporting)...
So what else happened this weekend? Well a fair bit! We'll start with the Taylor vs Davies fight one of my most anticipated fights on the year on Channel 5. Rather than focusing on Ohara Davies I want to mention how good Josh Taylor looked, he controlled the fight for the first couple of rounds and didn't allow Davies to establish his jab at all. From range Taylor dominated and was able to counter OD and create very special angles to strike the static Davies. Most impressive though when Tony Sims changed Ohara's tactics and got him to go in close on Taylor it was the Scots work inside which was still the more impressive. Davies did catch Taylor with a telling uppercut in the 5th round but it was too late to capitalise. All in all it was a superb performance by Josh Taylor on the big domestic scene. What for Ohara Davies, personally I like OD. He's a very strange character and a bit of a idiot but he's also good entertainment and has got qualities for domestic level at least. He's got loads to work on but I for one hope to see him out again soon.
Onto the Frank Warren promoted The Future Is Now, there wasn't a lot to take from this fight night with the Williams Smyle rematch not living up to the high standards of the original and seeing good but untested performances from Skeete, Yarde and Dubois. All three of these are making good moves, Skeete now has the Lord Lonsdale belt outright so can look onto world level hopefully. Yarde needs to turn all attention onto Frank Buglioni and the British title hopefully within the next 6 months and Dubois just needs to keep doing as he is for the moment although there is talk of potential match up with Dave Allen in the near future.
Finally onto The Boxing Promoter, a couple of small updates... Firstly speaking to the team they told me a release date could be this month without any dramatic additions, which is fantastic but I think we'll probably look for 1/2 significant enhancements. Secondly I'm preparing to pitch The Boxing Promoter at Big Indie Pitch this Tuesday, I've been working hard on a pitch to wow these judges and convince them of the potential The Boxing Promoter has... The main points I'll try and get across are;
•Testimonials from influencers
•Boxings Rise & PPV Numbers
•Community & Lack of boxing games
•References to Motorsport Manager & Football Manager and their success
•Addictive nature of the game
•Potential to grow
•Social Media, Forums, Podcast, Blog & Boxing Community
I'm sure other games will focus on their own gameplay and features I'll try and discuss the above to help the judges understand why this game is different to others and despite maybe the graphics not being amazing this is a game which is much anticipated.
Thanks for all your support on this project so far, I'm really working hard to ensure the game turns out as good as possible. Soon enough I'll have a new long term job which means 2 things;
1) Might not be able to put as much time into the game
2) Should be able to further invest in the game
So ups and downs as always.
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