'The Mexikane' Kane Baker (30) put on a great performance on the undercard of the Buatsi v Calic fight live on Sky sports on the Matchroom promotions show (4,10,20). The fight had been rescheduled as his opponent Fiaz (20) had pulled out of the first fight the day before due to illness. Unbeaten Fiaz (5-0) weighted in this time in weight at 9 stone 5 with Baker weighing in 9 stone 4 for this 8 round fight.
In the first round Baker was busy and got some good combinations off, Fiaz countered well to get a share of the round. Fiaz picked his shots well in the second and moved well around the ring, Baker had his moments but Fiaz won the round. At the start of the third Baker piled on the pressure earning his nickname the ‘Mexikane', Fiaz continued to box well and picked his shots well to win the round. Baker battled hard in the forth and really put it on Fiaz, Fiaz moved well and got some good counters off but Baker earned a share of the round.
Clever boxing by Fiaz in the fifth as he picked his shots well and smothered Bakers' work with lots of holding. Scrappy sixth round as Baker took the fight to Fiaz, Fiaz boxed well on the back foot but Baker finished strong to nick it. Baker turned up the pace in the seventh and got some cracking combinations off Fiaz continued to box well but this was Bakers round. Baker came out firing again in the final round but Fiaz quality shone though as he picked his shots and moved well to win the round.
The referee had it 77 to 75 Fiaz, I had it 78 to 76 Fiaz.
First I’d like to say what a great fight, the old saying is that styles make fights and the fighters-style definitely made this fight. Baker put in a great shift tonight and pressed and pressured Fiaz all the way but I have to say Fiaz boxed very well. Kane seemed upset with the result but I had it much the same but Kane's performance was very impressive and he should hold his head up high. Fiaz will have learned more in that 8 rounder than in his previous 5 fights and Kane's stock in boxing will have gone up with that performance on that I have no doubt. Kane may have lost this fight but I can see the ‘Mexikane’ getting more TV fights due to that performance and adding to his already amazing story.