Honours even in Commonwealth title fight
‘The Baby Face Assassin’ Amy Timlin (20) took on Carly Skelly (33) live on Sky sports box office for the vacant female super Bantamweight Commonwealth title. The two unbeaten fighters kicked off the undercard of the Usyk v Chisora show on Matchroom’s pay per view event. Timlin (4-0) weighed in 8 stone 8 and Skelly (3-0) weighed in 8 stone 7 for this title fight which was fought over 10 times 2-minute rounds.
The first four rounds went back and forth with both fighters having joy and getting good shots off. Timlin seemed to take control in the fifth and sixth as she got her range and used her boxing skills dictating the pace with a controlling jab. Skelly came back strong in the seventh and eighth dragging Timlin into a scrap that suited Skelly. Round nine was close but Timlin edged it as she got back on her boxing with nice shots and good footwork. In the tenth and final round, it seemed that Skelly thought she needed to stop Timlin as she poured on the pressure with Timlin fighting back hard gut losing the round.
The judges had the fight like this Phil Edwards had it 96 to 97 Skelly, Robert Williams had it 96 to 95 Timlin and Mark Lyson had it 95 to 95 draw. This made the result a split decision draw, myself I had it 95 to 95 draw.
What a great fight to start off the undercard of this pay per view event, both fighters deserve a lot of credit as it set the standard for the night. Both fighters had their moments in this fight and it could have gone either way, I think a draw was the fairest result as there was nothing in it. It was evident that Timlin was the better boxer but Skelly did well to drag her into a scrap. If they do, do it again I think if Timlin sticks to her boxing she will be crowned Commonwealth champion.