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Who Won the Weekend? Lee McGregor Takes Top Honors

Michael Woods

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Friday and Saturday were sorta soft, with no big ticket tangoes taking place. Ah, but this sport has a knack of over-delivering when promises are softer. A few athletes stood tall and elevated themselves in the box-o-sphere. I asked the NYF Squad who draped themselves in glory to the max…aka Who Won the Weekend?

Who, Abe Gonzalez?

Amilcar Vidal Jr. won the weekend. What an impressive performance on ShoBox this past Friday night. Making his U.S debut, he made quick work of his opponent. He is part of Sampson Boxing and they tend to have a good eye when scouting young up and coming talent. He will certainly be back on Shobox in the near future.”

Lee McGregor for me over in Scotland winning a fantastic fight for the British and Commonwealth titles live on ESPN,” said Chris Glover. “The fight itself was a close but really well fought out contest that was seen by massive numbers worldwide.

So for me Lee McGregor and his promotional outfit MTK won the weekend for me. A great main event on a great promotion. ”

Lee McGregor and Kash Farooq won the weekend,” said Rachel McCarson (below, right, in video). “Two unbeaten, domestic, bantamweight champs that didn’t need to fight each other. I want to see more of this in boxing, especially when fighters are well into their prime. I hope to see more from both of these fighters as their careers continue.”

“Lee McGregor won the weekend,” said Kelsey McCarson. “Only 22 years old and already the reigning Commonwealth bantamweight champion, McGregor didn’t have to seek out a unification bout against British champ Kash Farooq. That’s especially true because both McGregor and Farooq, 23, appear to be on their way to competing on the world level. Why risk it? But that’s what they did, and McGregor won a split decision to pick up the biggest win of his young career. Congrats to McGregor and the same goes to Farooq, two of Scotland’s best boxers who chose the tough fight.”

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz won the weekend,” said Josh Friedman, producer at SiriusXM. “Lots of promotion during an NFL Sunday for their fight and no major breaking news to take away attention from their fight either.”

“I was at a funeral and missed everything!  Nobody died in the ring, so I guess everyone wins,” said Jay Bulger.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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