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Michael ‘The Problem’ Mckinson Victorious

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Ideal CBD’s sponsored athlete, Michael ‘the problem’ Mckinson travelled to the home of British boxing York Hall in Bethnal Green London to face Sammy McNess to defend The World Boxing Council International Silver Welterweight Title that he won off Colin Lynes

Michael Mckinson was going in to the fight 14-0 and therefore was looking to keep his undefeated record against his toughest fight to date in Sammy McNess, who also has a good 10-1 record with his only loss coming to Asinia Byfield who incidentally fought for the British super welterweight title against Ted Cheeseman at the weekend.

This was Michael’s first televised fight which was being aired on Box Nation, the atmosphere was electric.

Sammy McNess had the home crowd on his side being a local London born fighter. Michael had a coach load of fans making the trip up from his home town in Portsmouth to support him.


It was an entrance to remember, with Sammy McNess already making his entrance to the ring, we eagerly awaited Michael Mckinson to arrive.

We saw the camera lights shining and the belts held high in the corner of York Hall when Kidkrayy (a local rapper) led Michael out with a brilliant performance of a his song ‘Listen’ making the atmosphere rise even more.


With the stare down complete it was time to fight. Both fighters were feeling confident before the bout. From the opening bell Michael stamped his authority on the fight.

Michael fought off the back foot whenever McNess looked to get in close, he would then tag McNess and move off. 

Mckinson, a skilled south paw, made McNess miss wildly with his almost “Naseem Hamed” like style. Dropping his hands now and again and his allusive movements giving McNess difficulties finding the target, Mckinson is definitely entertaining. 

They went into round 7 with McNess maybe winning one of the rounds, he had a mountain to climb. Just before the round ended with 22 seconds to go McNess hit the deck after a lovely straight left hand down the middle from Mckinson followed by a right hand and a left hook. McNess only just survived the round but it meant that he needed a stoppage to win the bout.

Never looking in danger, Mckinson carried on showing his class until the final bell, he didn’t let McNess have any success.


With the fight going to the final bell, the decision was in the hands of the judges.

We eagerly waited for the judges to hand in the score cards. The master of ceremonies was finally ready to deliver the verdict.

  • 1st Judge scored the bout 98-92
  • 2nd Judge scored the bout 99-91
  • 3rd Judge scored the bout 99-90

All the scores were in favour and Michael ‘the problem’ Mckinson increased his record to 15-0 with a shutout win against a tough Sammy McNess.


The future now looks even more promising for Michael ‘the problem’ Mckinson who is now ranked 7th in the welterweight division and hoping to have a busy 2019 with more televised fights and bigger names to conquer.

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