The winner of this year’s prestigious CBC Dennie Mancini Trophy, Jamaica’s OVILL MCVKENZIE, current Commonwealth Cruiser Champ, has done it again.
Only a week after receiving his Award in London from CBC Chairman PHILIP BROOK SMITH QC, Ovill challenged reigning IBF World Cruiser Champ, VICTOR EMILIO RAMIREZ of Argentina in Buenos Aries and came away with a draw.
To have done that in a city not renowned for doing visiting boxers any favours when it comes to results, he must surely merit another World Title opportunity before too long.
The new season in the UK has started off with a bang with 4 Championships, a Final Eliminator and an Eliminator in the first month.
England’s Heavyweight rising star, ANTHONY JOSHUA, won the vacant Championship beating Scotland’s previously undefeated GARY CORNISH whilst countrymen JOSH WARRINGTON at Feather, JOHN WAYNE HIBBERT at Lightwelter and BOBBY JENKINSON at Superbantam all were successful.
Warrington made his mandatory defence against Australia’s JOEL BRUNKER, Hibbert defeated Champion, England’s DAVE RYAN his previous conqueror for the vacant Title whilst Jenkinson stopped countryman, LEWIS PETTIT for the vacant Title.
Meanwhile, former Bantam Champion and recipient of the prestigious Dennie Mancini Trophy, South African, TSHIFHIWA MUNYAI defeated fellow countryman OSCAR CHAUKE to earn a mandatory challenge for Warrington’s Featherweight crown and in Accra, EMMANUEL QUARTEY defeated ISAAC NETTY to set himself on the road to challenge new Superbantam Champion JENKINSON.
ANTHONY JOSHUA’S scheduled defence against previous amateur conqueror, DILLIAN WHYTE of Jamaica on 12th December is reportedly a sell-out already and may well turn out to be the ‘Contest of the Year’
The CBC took a table as usual at the BBB of C Awards Dinner in London last Friday 25th September and, once again the Awards Committee found a Commonwealth Championship , DAVE RYAN v JOHN WAYNE HIBBERT 1 to be the ‘Contest of the Year’.
With Hibbert now having reversed that decision could we see a ‘rubber’ next year, echoing the famous ARTURO GATTI v MICKEY WARD trilogy in the USA or, dare we say not completely with tongue in cheek,, ALI v FRAZIER ?
This year’s Commonwealth Boxing Council DENNIE MANCINI TROPHY was presented by CBC Chairman, PHILIP BROOK SMITH QC and the late Dennie’s niece, GINA MANCINI to reigning Cruiserweight Champion OVILL MCKENZIE of Jamaica who was there to receive his award immediately prior to flying off to Buenos Aries to challenge the following Friday for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship against VICTOR EMILIO RAMIREZ of Argentina.
Ovill is yet another whose Commonwealth Championship success has led to a World Title opportunity.
He has a big task on his hands but not for nothing is he known as ‘THE UPSETTER’.
The CBC AGM will take place, as has been usual in recent years, at the Headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in London’s Pall Mall on THURSDAY 29TH and FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER.
Following the dismissal of the appeal by Champion KID GALAHAD (England) against a decision of the UK Anti-Doping Agency to suspend his BBB of C Boxer’s Licence, and with the suspension applying until 19th September 2016, the Directors of the CBC have declared the Superbantamweight Championship vacant forthwith.
The Directors will approve the best match proposed by any promoter between 2 approved challengers, in accordance with usual CBC formalities, as being for the vacant Title.
Undefeated Heavyweight prospects ANTHONY JOSHUA and GARY CORNISH meet for the vacant Heavyweight Championship in London on 12th September.
A week earlier (subject to final confirmation of date), THOMAS ASOMBA seeks to become Cameroon’s first Commonwealth Champion when he meets WALEED DIN in Rotherham for the vacant Flyweight Championship