Lindemann delivers a night of boxing that will live long in the memory.
As I made my way to James Lindemann’s second professional show last night, I was very sceptical.
How could a night of boxing and a party, two very separate things, be made into one event. On the boxing side, the card was filled by two six round contests and the rest over four rounds. On paper it looked like a routine night for all of the home fighters.
I was in for a shock.
Not a single one of the fights on the card was one sided, and we were given fights of the highest quality from the outset.
Home fighter Ryan Oliver suffered his first professional loss, Shayne Singleton (who fought on the card after his British title challenge with Bradley Skeete was postponed) was dropped on his way to a draw and Michael Gomez Jnr just about got past the experienced Youssef Al Hamidi. As well as that, Stephen Danyo battled to a win against former Olympian Serge Ambomo in a cracking fight and Mindaugas Baublys battled to a stoppage victory in a highly entertaining fight with fellow unbeaten fighter Will O’Reilly.
Just as I thought the action couldn’t get much better, Sam Hyde and Blaise Mendouo went to war in the main event of the evening. Hyde suffered a horrendous cut as Mendouo landed some huge shots but instead of going into his shell, Hyde fought fire with fire and landed some big shots of his own. Hyde eventually took the fight 58-57 on the judges scorecards, although the fight could have gone either way.
Afterwards, the party was in full swing with fighters and celebrities mixing with the fans in what looked like the VIP area in a nightclub.
My scepticism has been shot to pieces and I now can’t wait for the next one.
James Lindemann, take a bow.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15