News April 2017

The Chaos Theory in action at the Echo Arena


By @John_Evans79

It was fitting that a fighter nicknamed ‘Chaos’ played a part in saving Saturday night’s show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Chaos is about the unpredictable and the unexpected. Chaos is generally more interesting and exciting than order and normality.

Tom ‘Chaos’ Carus gave everything in his ten round battle with former gym mate Tom Farrell, dragging the best out of ‘Fazza’ and forcing him to compliment his skill with some steel. Small hall regulars will know all about Carus but those watching the lanky scouser for the first time must have been pleasantly surprised by his efforts. Farrell rose to the occasion and proved himself to be a cut above his former gym mate after ten hard fought rounds.

Much earlier in the evening a couple of hundred fans witnessed Henry Janes and Steve Brogan battle to their second hard fought draw within the space of a month. The vast majority of those who saw the first fight felt Brogan was unlucky to suffer the first blemish on his record. Logic suggested that the unbeaten lightweight would correct matters at the second time of asking. Not so. Janes dug in a produced a tremendous effort. This time, it was he who can feel aggrieved at the result.

Ryan Mulcahy's decision to skip four round learning fights with Hungarians and jump straight up to area title level was reward when he produced the best performance of the night - and of his own career - to outpoint Midlands Area super lightweight champion Andy Keates over six excellent rounds. Insiders know that Mulcahy is good but some questioned whether he was ready for such a big step up in class and not many expected him to produce such an impressive performance.

Few fighters want success as badly as Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd. The Birkenhead lightweight managed to turn the tide of his fight with the accomplished Lee Appleyard. Dodd gets written off as a trier but the former footballer showed his ever improving boxing brain to think his way through the fight. Dodd will never be technically perfect but he has worked out a way to make his awkwardness work for him. He is now the Commonwealth and WBC International lightweight champion. A fantastic achievement for the former footballer.

And as far as excitement goes, that was that. As Dodd exited, so did his army of fans. Rocky Fielding and John Ryder battled through twelve drab rounds and Martin Murray persuaded Gabriel Rosado to accept a truce rather than declare a war but it felt like the whole evening needed an injection of chaos.

The talented Joe Cordina made a solid professional debut in the now customary stage managed way. The super featherweight will be an excellent pro and impressed against Jose Aguilar, who was a flyweight just over a year ago.

An anodyne atmosphere fell over the arena within a couple of rounds of the vacant British super middleweight title fight between Rocky Fielding and John Ryder, although a feeling of anticlimax lingered over the entire night. Even Fielding’s decision to enter the ring to the more strained than ever strains of Sweet Caroline felt forced. Ryder forced himself through the first half of the fight before finally finding his rhythm as time ran out. Fielding probably did just enough to win.

Martin Murray gave the game away during fight week. “Everyone expects a war but my plan is it will only be a war when I want” he said. Murray knows his time in the sport is drawing to an end and has always chosen to preserve his body for the biggest fights. It would have been a major surprise had Murray gone against type and engaged Rosado in a brutal war with no real reward on the table. Wisely - and predictably - Murray chose to box throughout the middleweight twelve rounder.

Rosado gave his usual whole hearted display but never totally committed himself and I felt he came up short by a couple of rounds. Some seated around me scored the fight a draw, others thought the Philadelphian may have just pinched the fight. Nobody would have raised too much of an argument either way until that utterly ridiculous 119-109 card in Murray’s favour was announced. Murray will likely get one final big opportunity before he leaves the sport behind. Rest assured, he will give it his all.

Sky’s dominance of the British boxing market is being challenged by the new BT-BoxNation partnership. Queensbury Promotions obviously have a eye on the future. Tying up the likes of Lyon Woodstock, Anthony Yarde, Zelfa Barrett, Daniel Dubois and Jordan Thompson is a clear indication of the path they are planning on walking. All have ability but all carry themselves in a certain manner and fight in with a certain style. The future holds some exciting nights for the new breed and there is a feeling of rawness and excitement watching them take their first steps in the sport.

Maybe it’s a conscious decision, maybe it isn’t but by adding Jamie Cox, Anthony Fowler and Lawrence Okolie to their ranks, Matchroom can now flesh out cards like this with some much needed explosiveness and, well, chaos.

Cox is wild, unpredictable, heavy handed and the dark horse of a talented crop of super middleweights. Sooner rather than later, the imposing Okolie will be a serious problem for the country’s cruiserweights and whether you love him or hate him, Fowler will bring aggressiveness and an abrasive personality to the light middleweight division.

“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.” an American historian called Henry Adams once said. How right he was.

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