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Boxing News - - 2018 Review -

Box­ing News cor­re­spon­dent Andy Whit­tle valiantly car­ry­ing on re­port­ing from ring­side in Sh­effield, even af­ter be­ing hit on the head by a chair that had been thrown by an idiotic spec­ta­tor, leav­ing a nasty gash; Os­car Valdez and Scott Quigg both be­ing left bloody and bat­tered fol­low­ing their pun­ish­ing clash;

Stephen Mcafee and Colin O’dono­van en­gag­ing in a blood-spat­tered phone­booth war; Chris Eubank Jnr bat­tling Ge­orge Groves de­spite be­ing cut badly by his right eye in the third; James De­gale ig­nor­ing a deep wound over his right eye – sus­tained in the third round – to out­point Caleb Truax over 12; Jessie Mag­daleno stay­ing in for as long as he could against Isaac Dogboe, de­spite ship­ping some se­ri­ous pun­ish­ment, es­pe­cially late on; Never-say-die war­riors Tommy

Lang­ford and Ja­son Welborn tak­ing part in a heroic first bat­tle; Chris Jenk­ins bravely try­ing to take the fight to Akeem En­nis-brown, de­spite sport­ing a ter­ri­ble wound above his right eye; Lee Selby bat­tling on against Josh Warrington de­spite bleed­ing heav­ily from cuts by both eyes; Michael Hora­bin putting forth an ex­cep­tion­ally coura­geous ef­fort against Fuaad Husseen; Dave Allen trav­el­ling to 2016 Olympic cham­pion Tony Yoka’s Paris back­yard at short no­tice and putting in a brave show­ing, while very nearly last­ing the course; Liam Smith en­hanc­ing his rep­u­ta­tion in de­feat away from home by tak­ing Jaime Mun­guia the dis­tance and pos­ing him some ques­tions along the way; TJ Do­heny over­com­ing lac­er­a­tions to both eyes to up­set lo­cal favourite Ryosuke Iwasa on away turf in Ja­pan; Wal­ter Kau­ton­dokwa step­ping in as a late-sub­sti­tute op­po­nent against Demetrius Andrade in a world ti­tle fight, just two weeks af­ter bury­ing his late mother; An­thony Yigit fight­ing on for as long as he could – un­til the end of the sev­enth round – with a grotesque swelling on his left eye, ef­fec­tively ren­der­ing him one-eyed against Ivan Baranchyk; Tyson

Fury ris­ing from a heavy knock­down in the 12th and fi­nal round against Deon­tay Wilder, be­fore fin­ish­ing the fight in the as­cen­dancy;

Ibrar Riyaz go­ing ahead with his fight against Kaash But­tery, de­spite a fam­ily be­reave­ment;

Char­lie Ed­wards ded­i­cat­ing his world ti­tle vic­tory to his se­ri­ously ill mother.

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