Hosea Burton’s British light-heavyweight title victory on Saturday night may have been some consolation for coach Joe Gallagher following the disappointment of the main event involving Scott Quigg.
Burton, 27, impressed in stopping a tough Miles Shinkwin in six rounds at Manchester Arena to end the Hertfordshire man’s undefeated run and pick up the first major belt of his promising career.
Fighting in front of cousin Tyson Fury, who was bellowing encouragement from ringside, Burton sent the world heavyweight champion home happy by taking out Shinkwin win a massive right hand.
Following knockdowns in the second and fifth, Shinkwin was on borrowed time into the sixth and Burton produced a belting shot that rocked the 27 year-old to his boots and referee Victor Loughlin had no alternative but to call it off.
There were no complaints from an honest Shinkwin who knew he was out-gunned by the heftier Burton, as the victor also showed that he can take a good shot during the contest and keep his composure under fire.
Another fighter pleasing the ringside Fury clan was Morecombe’s Isaac Lowe as the featherweight showed maturity beyond his tender 22 years to capture the vacant Commonwealth title previously owned by Josh Warrington.
Opponent Marco McCullough may have had the edge in support on the night due to the massive Irish contingent, but Lowe had the superior boxing skills and made it count for an eighth round win.
Lowe proved his tactical blip in drawing with Ryan Doyle last time out had been quickly put aside as the ‘Westgate Warrior’ displayed some flashy combinations at times to sit alongside power in both hands.
A word also has to go to Ryan Burnett, who stepped up against a European level operator in Anthony Settoul and completely dominated over ten rounds. The young Belfast man was never pushed to leave cruise control by Settoul, who didn’t have the clout to trouble Burnett, but the bantamweight still had to keep focused for the duration and got the job done in style.
Gavin McDonnell continued his push towards world honours by overcoming undefeated Jorge Sanchez to pick up the vacant WBC silver super bantamweight belt, whilst Charlie Edwards, Josh Taylor, Conrad Cummings, Marcus Morrison and Scott Fitzgerald all had their hands raised on the night.