FightPost Boxer of the Week: Johnny Garton
By Michael Richards
Another whirlwind weekend of boxing action and time for another outstanding individual to be anointed our ‘Boxer of the Week’. Action came from around the globe, with the magic of Orlando helping Manny Rodriguez to overcome tough Australian Jason Maloney via split decision in the World Boxing Super Series quarter final.
Yuniel Dorticos was also successful in the same tournament, defeating one time Tony Bellew foe, Mateusz Masternak via unanimous decision. Further up the Eastern side of the United States, in Boston, Demetrius Andrade was comprehensive in his unanimous points win over Walter Kautondokwa, knocking his opponent down multiple times and walking away with the WBO Middleweight Title.
On the same card, the ever improving Tevin Farmer destroyed the gallant James Tennyson, hurting him to the body, with the fight eventually stopped in the 5th round. The assassin very much assassinated in clinical fashion.
All these performances are worth a mention, however away from the glitz and glamour of world titles and support in the way of Conor McGregor, our stand out performance comes from the Brentwood Centre and Johnny Garton. Amid prehistoric scenes outside the ring, when so called fans decided to throw punches of their own, Garton went to war with Gary Corcoran. As with Robbie Davies Jr and Glenn Foot last week, when the British Title is up for grabs, blood is generally shed and competitor’s find that extra 1% when it matters.
This bout was no different in that sense. Both men went toe to toe, barely taking a backwards step all fight. Success was a plenty for both, with Corcoran’s once white shorts testament to the battle that occurred. The determination of both men is to be applauded. It was the sheer will of Garton that was so impressive and so decisive in deciding this fight.
With blood streaming down his face, he pushed into the latter rounds without concern for any damage he sustained and almost bullied the brave Corcoran into submission. The end came in the 11th when one left hook too many landed, knocking Corcoran back onto the ropes, causing referee Steve Gray jumping in to spare him any suffering. Scenes of jubilation from Garton and his corner ensued, emphasising what being British Champion means to so many. Its what the sport at domestic level is all about.
I salute both men and thank them for reminding us how tough you have to be to steps between those ropes.