It was a busy weekend for British boxing, here in the UK and also across the pond.
Heres a brief round-up of the weekend's results:
Britain’s longest-reigning world champion Kal Yafai (26-1) was dethroned by Roman ‘Chocolatitio’ Gonzalez (49-2) in Texas. Four-weight world ruler Gonzalez ripped the WBA super-flyweight belt away from Birmingham’s Yafai with a ninth-round stoppage. A hard one-two straight down the pipe floored Kal in the ninth, he was down in the eighth too.
Welshman Jay Harris (17-1) was on the same bill, vying for the WBC flyweight belt against champion Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1). Like Yafai, the unbeaten talent tasted defeat for the first time in his pofessional career. His valiant effort against a solid Martinez, who could not be moved back, saw him touch down in round 10 and eventually lose via unanimous decision. One judge scored it 112-115, the others saw the defeat wider than that at 111-116 and 109-118.
Two Ultimate Boxxer finalists, five unbeaten prospects and an exciting debutant all took to the ring on the quadrennial date of February 29 in front of a sold-out show at Mote Park on Boxing Connected's 'Back with a Bang' event.
Debutant Keiron Spice (1-0) kicked off his pro career with a comfortable win against Maidstone's JJ Smith (0-3).
Ramsgate's Paul 'Bomber' Brown (5-0) defeated Andy Bishop (0-13) despite receiving a cut from a clash of heads in he opening seconds of the bout.
Three-time Southern Area title contender Martin Hillman (14-6) was made to work against Jake Pollard (0-18), expecially in rounds three and four, but the Orpington's Hillman took the decision at 39-37.
Unbeaten super-middleweight Charlie Shane (9-0) vs Gianni Antoh (1-14) applied the pressure throughout to win 40-37.
Young Brooklyn Tilley (2-0) was confident in his second pro victory against Luke Middleton (2-10), easing to a 39-37 points score.
'The Spartan' Chris Davies (14-0) won 59-56 against Spaniard Nathan Junor (1-8-1).
'Go-Getter' Grant Dennis (15-2) had the strongest opponent of the night with 'The Brown Eagle' Jordan Grannum (5-70-2) in front of him. Despite this, the former Southern Area middleweight champion won all four rounds in a very competitive fight.
'The Gypsy Warrior' Lenny Fuller (10-1) headlined against Central American champion Berman Sanchez (29-13-3). The Ultimate Boxxer super-welterweight finalist, Fuller, 25 from Chart Sutton, won every round in his first eight-round contest.
It was a night of twists and turns at the Eagles Community Arena in Newcastle, which saw the welcome return of Sedgefield's Jeff Saunders on #MTKFightNight.
Ellis Corrie (5-1-1) stopped Chad Ellis (9-1) in the opening round of their Northern Area welterweight title fight.
There was another shock on the card as Lee Reeves (5-0) lost on points in a routine four-rounder to Artur Davydenko (2-5).
Despite Daniel Urbanski (21-34-3) coming in over half a stone heavy, Troy Williamson (14-0-1) made him pay for his unproffessionalism by dropping him twice in the second round. He said he would punish him for it and he did with a second round stoppage win.
Joe Laws (9-0) also scored a second-round TKO over Jan Prokes (1-13-2). He now prepares to fight on the Lewis Ritson bill in April.
There were points wins for Adam Gair (5-0); Joe Maphosa (10-0); Tom Hill (9-1); Steve Robinson (3-0); Anthony Ornsby (4-0); Matt McCallum (1-0); and Alex Farrell (4-0).
Michael Webster (4-0) made Lithuanian Andrius Ruzas (1-2) retire after the first round.
The man everyone came to see, Jeff Saunders (14-0), younger brother of Beijing 2008 Olympian Bradley, won every round against Edvinas Puplauskas (6-28) scored 60-54 in his first fight since July last year.
Sanigar Promotions’ 10-fight card on February 29 was a rollercoaster of a ride, as welterweight prospect Dan Sarkozi (12-3) was upset by Nathan Hardy (10-30-5), losing 57-58 on points; there was also a shock defeat for unbeaten lightweight Tyler Davies (7-1) as he slipped up against Stu Greener (3-4) conceding his perfect record to ‘Little Canelo’ 56-58 on points.
The headliner fight between Polan's Pawel August (11-0) and Jordan Joseph (8-4-1) saw the vacant Southern Area light-heavyweight title claimed by 24-year-old August with a sixth-round TKO.
Former world champion Lee Haskin's son Anton (2-0) won his second professional fight with a second-round stoppage on the undercard.
Brothers Jake and Ben Demmery both moved up to 2-0 with points wins.
VIP Promotions' Steve Wood's six-fight card in Hull was a banger of a show! Half of the fights had knockouts.
Lightweights Lewis Sylvester (6-0) and Brian Phillips (9-1), and cruiserweight Sonny Taylor (5-0) all stopped their opponents within the six-round distance.
Zahid Hussain (16-1); Connor Coghill (8-0); Jack Daniel (7-0) all won on points in six-round contests.
Seven home fighters all got the win at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth on promoter Steve Bendall's seven-fight card.
Joseph Butler (2-0); Jacob Gabriel (2-0); Bryce Goodridge (3-0); Harry Limburn (6-0) all conitnued their unbeaten streaks.
Debutants Mace Reugg (1-0) and Fynnlie Judd (1-0) both kicked off their careers with points victories.
Super-lightweight Jimmy Cooper (9-1-1), who's only loss was to the overall winner of the first Ultimate Boxxer tournament, Drew Brown, won on points against Birmingham's Daryl Pearce (1-10).
13 unbeaten prospects in action on Black Flash Promotions 'Undfeated' event just one day before the quadrennial Leap Year date of February 29. The Firday fight night consisted of seven unbeaten prospects from the thriving Everton Red Triangle Gym in Liverpool joined by more local fighters with perfect records at the Grand Central Hall in Liverpool. Together, they boasted a 56-0 record!
Trained and managed by ERT's Paul Stevenson, welterweight Jack 'The Ripper' McKinlay (2-0) won on points despite landing heavily on Michael Likalu (0-2); Jonathan Walsh (4-0) had a big learning fight against the tough cookie Chris Adaway (10-64-4), just about cinching the decision at a close 39-38 points score; Carly Skelly (2-0) emerged triumphant in a great learning fight with the experienced Claudia Ferenczi (20-75-8); super-middleweight Harry Woods (4-0) practised a few moves in his points win over Kieron Thomas (0-7-1); Connor Butler (4-0-1) had one of the toughest opponents of the whole show in Brett Fidoe (13-60-5), but Butler showed a maturity beyond his 22 years to deal with the live opponent, winning on points.
Three fighters from the Triangle have just signed contracts with Frank Warren and were topping the bill. Brad Strand (3-0) won on points but with another round, he would have very likely have scored a stoppage in one of the standout performances of the night.
Featherweight Andrew Cain (4-0) continued his reign of devastation with a first round KO over unsuspecting Rafael Castillo (14-58-3). The Central American opponent had his guard up high, but it didn't matter, as Cain smashed through his defence with ease and now has five KO's from five fights! No wonder Frank Warren rushed to get his signature just last month.
The third siging for the Hall of Fame promoter , super-featherweight Nick Ball (12-0), smashed the 'Little Dragon' Ivan Godor (20-73-4) all around the ring in the opener. With a big size disadvantage, Ball was forced to leap forward with his punches from distance, coming in crouching low but reaching up to land high with left and right hooks. It got tangled up and messy at times, but Godor would not come out for the second round, citing an ankle injury.
Also in action, super-middleweight James Heneghan (3-0) defeated Scott Williams (0-4); Junior Thompson (2-0) bested Kevin McAuley (15-205-12) on points; Karl Tierney (2-0) won in a negative fight with Ivan Bezverhyl (0-4); Michael Hedges (2-0-1) was the only one not to win his fight, having to settle for a draw with Lee Connelly (7-54-4); Commonwealth super-welterweight champion James Metcalf (21-0) started well enough to cause the usually durable Jan Balog (15-50-1) to not come out of his corner for the second round. Ball looked disappointed but he should be happy with his sixth KO from his last seven fights.
Shamrock Promotions laid on a seven-fight card at The Halls in Norwich with all home fighters coming away victorious.
Liam Goddard (7-0); Stevi-Ann Levy (2-0); Owen Blunden (5-0); Bernardo Marime (2-0); Joe Steed (7-0); Connor Vian (12-2-1) all won on points.
Headliner Michael Walsh (13-0), 35 from Corpusty, Norfolk, stole the show with a second-round KO over Tanzanian featherweight Amani Bariki (10-2-2).