Real View intro: Hello ladies and gentlemen, this week the BBU had another great mixture of fights, all in the UK as two storms came, there was whirlwind action inside the ring, while we will also highlight some names we think you should be keeping an eye on for the bantamweight division.
As ever we urge you to go look up the fights from this past week before reading these posts, we don't want you ruining the fights for yourself.
This week we will be focusing on the following stories: *Flyweight: Lily-Rose Depp vs Georgia May Foote* *Flyweight: Bianca Atzei vs Samia Ghadie* *Bantamweight: Maura Higgins vs Nicola Roberts* And *Bantamweight title contenders*
Keep watch on the BBU boards for more action, news, polls and trash talk, we hope you enjoy these posts and our doing great.
Part 1: Lily-Rose Depp vs Georgia May Foote We kicked off this week with a battle of two of the younger members of the BBU, neither has set the world on fire early in their careers even if they have made plenty of noise outside of the ring, who could maybe jump start their career will a victory over the other come the end of Monday night?
There was a little drama right out the gate as the winless Lily-Rose came to the ring with Diamond Elite Boxing star Cara Delevingne, who worked her corner as the media watched with a keen interest I can tell you on why, though no answer has come yet, hopefully we will find out soon.
Onto the fight itself, as you would expect from two women with a combined record of four wins and twelve losses, it wasn't exactly Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier to start, both swung in wild shots, Lily landed a few crisp shots but also showed a fee signs of her punch resistance still being not the greatest.
Round two and three showed that fact even more, Lily has a slender frame that leads to her being bullied, while she had flashes of her hand speed bashing into the face of Georgia, it was Foote landed the better punches, bullying her younger rival around the ring.
Lily caught a break in the fourth when she opened a cut on Georgia's nose, it allowed Lily to push back her opponent, landing several good body shots that made it look like Lily might finally get on the scoreboard with a win, instead she was caught in the fifth by a right hook on her temple after she rushed her attacks, Lily got up but the referee had to step in to stop the fight as Lily was being knocked around like a pinball, Cara complained as Lily threw a tantrum, I think it was a fair stoppage as Depp was being beaten, I didn't see her getting out of the round.
Lily now has a fight lined up with Mimi Keene, who is on a good run of results herself, Mimi I think will blast out Lily, it could be a few more years before Depp fills out, she has great hand speed but without the power behind it then she'll struggle to get that first win on the board.
For Georgia, well time will tell if this is the spark to improve her future, she has always looked good in the ring, just hasn't been able to build any consistence, we have seen women like Lucy Hale start terribly in their careers and go on to win world titles, they are very special cases.
Part 2: Bianca Atzei vs Samia Ghadie Bianca Atzei is the latest star to keep your eyes on, kicking off her career with two impressive victories, she moved on to face the Hall of Famer Samia Ghadie this week, Samia no stranger to causing havoc, hoped to cause more by knocking out the undefeated prospect.
Samia certainly came out the blocks on fire, bashing back the younger woman to the body as she drove her onto the ropes, Bianca covered up throwing mostly single punches in return, she got a taste of what Ghadie can do when she is motivated to win.
Back come Bianca with her own body attacks, both seemed in a similar mind how they were going to win this, whacking away at each others bodies and jugs, by the end of the third it was hard to score who was on top, though Atzei seemed to get the worst of it at the end of the round as her nose was busted up by a right cross.
The fourth is where we started to see a fighter create daylight, Bianca started to catch Samia coming in with some meaty hooks, Samia getting her own nose busted up as Bianca rifled in hard straight shots, an uppercut to end the round saw the soap star look a little woozy, in the fifth another uppercut would send Samia down for a count of nine, cruelly she was allowed to fight on till moments later a right hook knocked her out cold.
Another good win on the board for the Italian singer, though again Bianca keeps leading with her face in fights, she'll need to tighten that guard up at some point or risk finding herself being clocked cold, she clearly has tremendous heart and toughness, longevity seems the question.
For Samia well you can't fault her effort, when she puts her mind to something you still get glimpses of why she is a BBU legend, problem is with all the punishment she has taken it's always going to be one heck of a bumper ride for her each time she gets into the ring.
Part 3: Maura Higgins vs Nicola Roberts We got a clash of personalities last night in the ring as the not afraid to get involved in drama Maura Higgins met the normally polite Nicola Roberts, this was a big test for Maura as she took on the long term contender Nicola, both looking to push themselves into title contention.
Nicola showed in the opening round flashes of what makes her a dangerous fighter to her opponent's, counter punching beautifully as she timed Maura coming in, the "Love Island" alumni had her gloves too low given Roberts her chances to lay in the leather.
After some adjustments from Maura we then saw the negative side of Nicola's game, the Irish beauty beating Nicola on the inside with raw power and aggression, Nicola tried to match her but her inside fighting has always seemed to let her down when fighting other top contenders.
Which led to Nicola being hurt in the fourth, she held on and fought valiantly, you could sense more pain was coming her way, hence it wasn't a surprise in the fifth round when Maura bombed a right hook on Nicola's chin to send her down to the canvas seeing stars in her eyes and hearing a count of ten.
Maura made a statement with this win, now undefeated after her five fights, 2022 seems to be where the former ring girl is now looking to add gold around her waist, though we hear first on the agenda is to defend her St Patrick's Day crown after her stunning beat down of Nadia Forde last year.
For Nicola well it's the same old story sadly, she is one of our favourites in the Real View offices, sadly while she is arguably the most talented skill wise in the bantamweight division, without the power and in some fights killer instinct to get the job done, she will always be the nearly girl, we'll still root for her to finish her Cinderella story with gold.
Final Part: Bantamweight title contenders As with last month we are going to take a division in the BBU and go through some of the fighters we think could very well be challenging for the title over the next twelve months, the bantamweight division has really grown into a force over the past few years, with I believe only the flyweights having more champions in the past five years, we know that Vicky Pattison will be getting the next title shot some time soon, who else is possibly deserving a shot?
Maura Higgins: we might as well start with the women we mentioned in our last part, Maura hasn't been very active in her two years of boxing, it seems to be working very well for her as each time she is stepping into the ring you can see visible improvement, now with five wins and two big ones, it is a little soon for her to be the front of the queue for a shot, still if she keeps this improvement up a shot by Christmas time could very well be on the cards.
Olympia Valance: next we head down under, the ACB bantamweight champion Olympia Valance has been swimming around our pound for pound top ten rankings over the past six months, with only one defeat in eighteen fights, she might be one of the most unheralded fighters in celebrity boxing right now, she seems focused on defending her ACB title but nothing to say she can't unify the belts in future.
The Herbert sisters: we have bundled both Elisha and Renee together, both are still in their early twenties, both have started their careers off like rockets, while there is an argument if they or the Perkin's siblings are the future of the ACB, both these sisters have a bright future, with Renee possibly an ACB bantamweight champion very soon if she can topple Olympia Valance.
Maisie Smith: while Maisie just had a title fight, again another twenty year old who has the world at her feet right now, only the undefeated BBU bantamweight champion Sophia Thomalla has beaten her, Maisie has the physical talents, the drive and the backing to be the best, she is someone who very well could be the face of the BBU in a few years time, that's how highly myself and managers in the BBU look at her.
Lottie Moss: while Lottie lost the battle of the prospects to end 2021 when she lost to Maisie Smith, she has shown remarkable improvement under the Lioness Club banner in the past year, again another young contender who will only keep getting better each time she steps into the ring, the hardships she has faced in her career don't seem to have dampened her drive to be a champion one bit.
We could go on for a long time with former champions like Charlotte Church, Helen Flanagan and Doda as people we could see back in title contention, the division has truly grown over the past two years into one you must keep your eyes on for fear of missing something big.
That's all we have time for folks, thank you so much for taking the time to read these posts, we hope you enjoyed them, we will be back next Sunday morning with the next edition of the Real View.