Sat. 15 February 1997: Vienna, Austria
Zelijko Mavrovic w rsf 8 Julius Francis (European heavyweight title) * The powerful Croatian retained his European heavyweight title by overwhelming England's Francis. Here is a talented heavyweight who I believe can beat Andrew Golota and Lennox Lewis. And he wears a crazy mohican hairstyle!
Tues. 8 February 1997: Cheshunt, England
Paul Lloyd w ko 1 Lybo Nkuko (Commonwealth bantamweight title) * Lloyd made a successful first defence
Spencer Oliver w rsf 10 Patrick Mullings (Southern Area bantamweight title)
* "The Omen" scored a late stoppage in a thrilling battle between two genuine prospects.
Bernard Paul w pts 10 Richie Edwards (Southern Area light welterweight title)
Sat. 22 February 1997: Berck - Sur - Mer, France
Johnny Nelson w rsf 7 Patrice Aouissi (European cruiserweight title) * So confident is the "new" Johnny Nelson that he took this fight at two days' notice and still became European champion for the second time. Now 30, Nelson must aim for a world crown soon. Stablemate Naseem Hamed, who booked a private jet to fly him to the local airfield, had this to say: "I'm happy for Johnny and he won in style. When we (Hamed, Nelson and Ryan Rhodes) box for world titles in Sheffield, all of us are coming out on top."
Tues. 25 February 1997: Sheffield, England
Ryan Rhodes w ko 1 Peter Waudby (British light midleweight title) * Ryan gives Waudby a taste of his clinical punching power to retain his British title for the first time.
Pele Reid w rsf 1 Michael Murray (heavyweight)
Paul Griffin w pts 8 Elvis Parsley (featherweight)
* Dublin prospect "The Golden Boy" has his initiation to the pro ranks with a gruelling workout against durable Parsley.
Dean Pithie w pts 4 Peter Buckley (super featherweight)
Michael Bowen w rsf 4 Mark Dawson (super middleweight)
Marty Reneghan w rsf 3 Simon Frailing (lightweight)
* Exciting Armagh pressure - fighter Marty makes it 2 - 0 as a professional.
Fri. 28 February 1997: Kilmarnock, Scotland
Paul Weir w pts 8 Anthony Hanna (super flyweight)
Sat. 1 March 1997: Paris, France
Arnulfo Castillo drew 12 Julien Lorcy (WBO super featherweight title) * Mexican southpaw Castillo surprised favourite Lorcy and his huge local following by flooring the Frenchman twice and holding him to a draw. What was a breathtaking classic will now be repeated to decide who is to lift the title vacated by Dutchman Regilio Tuur.
Stevie Johnson w pts 12 Jean - Baptiste Mendy * Mendy's lethargic showing here lost him his WBC title as he was outboxed by the Denver man over twelve rounds. Johnson is now 21 - 0.
Sat. 1 March 1997: Liverpool, England
Shea Neary w rsf 3 Jeremiah Malinga (WBU light welterweight title) * Local man Neary floored South African Malinga three times before finishing the argument with a ferocious left uppercut to retain his spurious WBU belt. Neary is an exciting Nigel Benn - style brawler and a very amiable character.
Crawford Ashley w ko 3 Roberto Dominguez (European light heavyweight title) * Crawford destroyed the Spaniard (who ominously entered the ring to the strains of Chris Rea's "The Road To Hell") to claim the vacant European title and strengthen his claim for a third world title shot. It was a chilling display of accuracy from Ashley who whipped in a right uppercut in round three to send Dominguez crashing for the full count.
Peter Richardson w rsf 5 John Smith (light welterweight)
Tues. 4 March 1997: Southwark, England
Garry Delaney w disq 8 Peter Oboh (heavyweight)
Herol Graham w pts 8 Craig Joseph (super middleweight) * Herol kept his comeback on the right track, but looked an empty shell of the fighter he once was. The best British fighter never to win a world title (he failed against Mike Mc Callum and Julian Jackson) would have played with Joseph ten years ago.
Sat. 8 March 1997: Brentwood, England
Steve Robinson w ko 1 Tomas Serrano (WBO Inter - Continental featherweight title) * The likeable Welshman recovered quickly from his recent European title defeat to Billy Hardy by seizing this vacant title. A loss here would have spelt the end of Robinson's stay in world class (He lost his WBO featherweight title to Naseem Hamed 18 months ago).
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