At the weekend the intense rivalry between British cruiserweights Wadi Camacho and Stephen Simmons was taken up a notch in Glasgow.
Both men have been involved in disputes over social media and that has lead to heated confrontations in person. There was a real dislike between the two boxers and anticipation was high for a real old fashioned scrap.
Camacho entered the ring first and looked very composed and relaxed despite the crowd going against him in Scotland. He took this mentality into his boxing in the first few rounds with a disciplined game-plan. Simmons looked very focused and determined as he walked in but he seemed almost too pumped up for the fight. He looked to load up on his shots every time he threw and his work was very crude early on.
Camacho used his southpaw jab well, keeping the fight at distance, and Simmons kept on throwing wild shots which at times weren't even close to landing. Simmons was far too predictable early on and he was being picked off in the initial proceedings.
The aggressor began to come into the fight more as Camacho's work rate dropped and at times was able to land some good right hands. Simmons was working very hard trying to close the gap and get up close but he was still not utilising his boxing skill which has been evident from his good amateur career.
Camacho landed well to the body at times with his left hand and really it was a shot he should have looked to use more often. Targeting the body more would have slowed Simmons down and made the fight easier for him in the later rounds.
Instead, in the later rounds Simmons showed great determination to up the tempo despite having looked jaded earlier on in the contest. He repeatedly forced the pressure on Camacho and it paid off, with Simmons landing a good left hook.
Camacho was sent sprawling to the canvas before returning to his feet in an unconvincing nature. He looked wobbly on his legs and appeared to be there for the taking.
Simmons rushed forward and started to land on Camacho when the referee stepped in and ended the fight in the final round. The general consensus is that Camacho was winning the fight going into the final round but Simmons showed real desire to pull off the victory.
Both men embraced each other following the fight and showed good sportsmanship. It was nice to see both men show respect to each other despite all the build-up and harsh words said before hand but that is what we have come to expect from the noble art.
All in all it was a good fight but one which didn't really live up to all the pre-fight hype and intense rivalry.
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