Ringside view: Social blasts on Davies, Cacace losses as Galahad, Selby, Eubank Jr. shine

Joe Hewlett 17/07/2017

Robbie Davies Jr was released from hospital and given the all clear following his battle with Michal Syrowatka on Saturday night.

The Kirkby lad tasted the first defeat of his professional career after the fight was stopped in the final round.

Davies Jr, 27, looked set to be on his way to extending his record to 16-0 as he sent the Pole to his knee’s as they hit the canvas in round nine. However, Syrowatka refused to crumble, winning via TKO in the last round.

The 29-year-old created his own bit of history, returning to his hometown with the WBA Continental title around his waist. It was the biggest victory of his career and extended his own C.V to 19-1.

Davies Jr can keep his head held high though, with the Brit displaying a performance full of heart and desire. The obvious next move for Davies Jr would be to have a rematch with Syrowatka and an attempt to avenge the only loss against his name.

However, if unable to secure the fight, he may turn his attentions to fellow rival and Englishman Ohara Davies. The Londoner couldn’t help but take a dig at Davies Jr. after heated exchanges between the pair on Twitter. Ohara received criticism last night after poking fun whilst the Liverpudlian made his way to hospital.

Martin J. Ward edged out Anthony Cacace to add the Commonwealth title to his résumé.

The 26-year-old also retained British super-featherweight title but it wasn’t without controversy as the Northern Irishman complained on social media. The 28-year-old insisted he gave Ward a ‘boxing lesson,’ and believed he was ‘robbed.’

The victory means that Ward has now won the Lonsdale belt outright and despite calls for a rematch, he may opt to focus on a challenge for European honours.

As for Cacace, he’ll be targeting another crack at the British title with hope of tracking down Ward in the foreseeable future.

Kid Galahad made light work of his opponent and moved one step closer to the fringes of world title contention. The fight displayed Barry Awad’s undoubted quality, finishing off Jose Cayetano in the tenth round to capture the IBF Inter-Continental championship.

Galahad will be eyeing a world title eliminator for his next fight and the opponent could be against a fellow Brit. It was only two fights ago Scott Quigg fought and beat the Spaniard so it could may set up a mouth-watering British domestic dust-up between the pair before the end of the year. Awad would welcome the chance to reign victorious in a showdown he has craved since returning to the ring.

Another featherweight in action at the SSE Arena was IBF king Lee Selby.

The Welshman retained his world crown with a convincing unanimous decision over Jonathon Victor Barros. Despite getting cut in round five, the 30-year-old was rarely troubled and often made it look an exhibition against the Argentine.

The brave champion will be hoping Carl Frampton can get over the line against Andres Gutierrez in Belfast so the duo can collide towards the backend of this year.

However, if the fight can’t be made, there is plenty of options for Selby in a division which is one of the most exciting in world boxing. A unification bout with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr are also on the tables.

Moving onto the main event, Chris Eubank Jr. delivered a mesmerising performance against Arthur Abraham. The 27-year-old couldn’t get the KO he promised but the crowd were dazzled by his display which consisted of outstanding movement and speed. Abraham’s tactics may have been to tire the young lion and make him pay during the later rounds, if so, it failed.

His showboating and devastating right uppercuts to Abraham sent 10,000 + fans at Wembley into frenzy.

The German based Armenian was made to look his age at the SEE Arena and it is hard to see where he turns to next. Originally weighing in over the limit for the clash, it may be time for the 37-year-old to hang the gloves up unless he ponders a farewell fight in Germany.

For Eubank, his next move is expected the be against undefeated Turk Avni Yildrim in the quarter finals of the WBSS. Wins for both Groves and Eubank would see the two pit up against each other in the semi-final of the tournament.

If there was one negative for the Brighton man since moving up to super-middleweight, it would his power. If the likes of George Groves and Callum Smith had fought Abraham then they would have likely landed that KO which would have sent the former two-weight world champion into retirement.

He’ll know that improvements will need to be made if he is to pick up the inaugural Muhammed Ali prize. But all in all, a statement of intent has been made with Groves and Co knowing they must take Eubank as a serious contender with the tournament beginning in September.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95