Benn Stops Koivula In Two, Richards Decisions Sterling, Cheeseman - Conway Ends In A Draw!
By: Ian Webb
June 21st, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London: In the main attraction of a Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing promotion lford, Essex, Conor “The Destroyer” Benn retained his World Boxing Association Continental Welterweight Title with an easier then expected second round TKO stoppage of Tampere, Finland’s Jussi Koivula.
The 22-year-old Benn, the son of former WBO Middleweight and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn working through the 35 year old Koivula’s opening round push caught the aging Finn with numerous big right hands and left hooks putting Koivula on the deck twice in round two prompting referee Bob Williams to call the bout at the 2:00 mark of the second round.
The Tony Simms trained Benn improves to 15-0, 10Ko’s while the faded Koivula 1-3 in his last four outings drops to 24-7-1, 9Ko’s.
Bermondsey, London’s Ted “The Big Cheese” Cheeseman retained his BBBofC British Super Welterweight Title battling to a controversial twelve round draw with Northampton, Northamptonshire’s Kieron “Too Class” Conway.
The battle of evenly matched once beaten’s saw Cheeseman push the action through most of the closely contested rounds out lasting Conway appearing to grab an edge in the championship rounds rocking “Too Class” in round ten and out boxing Conway down the stretch only to be surprised when the judges scores were announced 115-114 Cheeseman 114-114 even and 116-113 Conway for a twelve round draw.
Cheeseman coming in off his sole defeat a twelve round unanimous decision over still unbeaten Sergio Garcia in February moves to 15-1-1, 9Ko’s while Conway suffering his only pro blemish a three round split decision loss to still unbeaten Derrick “DelBoy The Punching Preacher” Osaze in May settles at 12-1-1, 3Ko’s.
In a contentious back and forth battle of London light heavyweights Crystal Palace’s harder hitting Craig ‘Spider’ Richards decked New Cross Andre Sterling in round six enroute to a persuading 117-111,116-111, 115-112 twelve round unanimous decision win. Richards with eyes set on unbeaten Crydon, London World Boxing Association International Light Heavyweight Title Champion Joshua Buatsi improves to 15-1, 8Ko’s while Sterling suffering his first defeat slips to 10-1, 4Ko’s.
In a minor upset Westbury, Wiltshire, 24-year-old journeyman light-heavyweight Anthony “Matador” Fox having battled the much tougher competition auditioned his wares out maneuvering and out boxing Thornton Heath, London, 36-year-old previously unbeaten “Hotshot” Duane Sinclair to a 79-73 referee scored points win.
Fox having battled the likes of Ryan Aston, Nathan Graham, Danny Dignum, Kody Davies, Luke Blackledge and Morgan Jones improves to 8-12-4 while Sinclair ten bout run over an unpublished list of unknown’s dips to 10-1, 4Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round showcase bout 19-year-old Toledo, Ohio, lightweight prospect Otha Jones III chopped down Mottram, Cheshire’s Michael “Lil Smokes” Horabin dropping the overmatched and out gunned patsy twice with big clean shots forcing referee Kieran McCann to immediately wave it over at 1:40 of round one.
In a six round female bantamweight pairing Watford, Hertfordshire’s Shannon “The Baby Face Assassin” Courtenay put in a powerful performance dropping Daugavpils, Latvia’s star struck 18-year-old, Valerija Sepetovskain round one with a hard-right hand piling on the punishment forcing the referee to call in in round two. Courtenay improves to 3-0, 1Ko while Sepetovskain still in search of her first pro win drops to 0-2.
In a scheduled six rounder Watford, Hertfordshire, featherweight, Reece “Bomber” Bellotti returned to winning ways banging out Gerona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Josue Bendana in four. Back in the green Bellotti moves to 14-2, 12Ko’s while Bendana‘s six bout losing streak comes in at 10-12-4, 6Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary Crowthorne, Berkshire, super featherweight Charles “Boom Boom” Frankham extended record blasting out Jurmala, Latvia 31-year-old mark, Ilgvars Krauklis in one. Frankham moves to 2-0, 2ko’s while Krauklis winless since his pro debut crashes to 1-5, 1Ko.