There is one singular performance, one moment, that resounded through the venue and pops into my head when I think of the evening. Touted to be the fight of the event even before the ring walks, George Armstrong VS Kevon “Bruckshot” Kelly lived up to the billing. An aggressive start from George Armstrong was deftly charged down by Kevon Kelly, who ended the fight in seconds with a massive punch that threw Armstrong’s mouthguard across the ring. Armstrong hit the deck immediately, completely out cold, to constitute the night's only pure KO.
As much of a cop-out as this may seem, both fights brought a ferocity that was truly entertaining to watch. A tempo that was kept up throughout the 3 rounds of each fight, they mirrored each other in aggression and featured some nasty strikes from all 4 fighters. All that was missing was a knockout, but the relentless nature of the fights cemented them to me as highlights of the evening.
Perhaps the most controversial choice of mine on this list, I loved watching this fight. The third bout of the event really kicked things into gear, with Gabriel “The Amber Leaf Annihilator” Lee drawing some of the best support of the night after a fantastic first-round performance. Samuel “The Professor” Luntley however was resurgent in the second, causing an injury that resulted in Lee’s nose spewing blood for the remainder of the fight. This of course only electrified the crowd further and the final round was a brawl that would certainly determine the result of the fight. The stakes, the energy, the brutality, this fight had all the key ingredients of a great boxing match, with Luntley ultimately emerging victorious.
Mentions go out to Belgrave VS Hoskyns, Forrester VS Le Roux and Spence VS Morton who all put on fantastic showings on the night.