Brave Performance By Baker in Gibraltar
Updated: Mar 30
The Boxing Fan with a Licence' the fighter known as the 'MexiKane', Kane Baker continued his boxing story heading to Gibraltar to take on the talented Youssef Khoumari on the undercard of the Whyte v Provetkin show. The show was promoted by Matchroom and was live on sky's Pay per view with Bakers fight being the first on the card. Baker (30 from Birmingham) won his last contest on a Matchroom show beating Meshech Speare on point taking his win column to14 out of 21 contests. Khoumari (24 from Wembley London) came into the fight with an unbeaten record of 11 wins and 1 draw. The fight was scheduled for 10 three-minute rounds at the super Featherweight division, Baker weighed in 9 stone 2 with Khoumari coming in 9 stone 4.
Both fighters let there hands go from the first bell, they both stood toe to toe in the middle of the ring with Khoumari getting the better out of the exchanges banging shots to the head and body. Bakers gumshield came out bear the end of the round. Khoumari used his jab well to set up some nice combinations, Baker boxed an weaved trying to get in on the inside but Khoumari countered well with Bakers gumshield coming out again. When his gumshield was put back in Baker continued to press and had some joy but Khoumari won the round. Khoumari picked Baker off with his jab in the third and got some good combinations off. Baker’s gumshield came out again with the ref warning him a point will be taken off if it happens again. Baker continued to press and pressure but was being out gunned by Khoumari.
Khoumari continued to control the ring but Baker was relentless pushing forward and getting some good shots off of his own. Khoumari let some hurtful looking shots off near the end to win the round. Baker started the fifth brightly but the quality shots were coming from Khoumari, Baker’s gumshield came out again and the ref took a point off him. Khoumari then started to push Baker back and started to sit down on his shots putting in some big combinations with the ref eventually stepping into save Baker from anymore punishment two minutes and twenty two second into the fifth round.
I'll start by saying what a great performance by Khoumari, he showed all the skills and talent of a future champion. But hats off to one of to most likable fighters in the game at the moment, Baker kept every round competitive and refused to take a step back which made for a entertaining contest. Kane can now add fighting in Gibraltar on a pay per view show to his ever increasing boxing story and hopefully there is more to come from the 'MexiKane' . The Column looks forward to seeing Baker fight again very soon.