Indongo Unifies Titles with Decision Win Over Burns!
By: Ian Webb
April 15th, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, UK: In the main event of a Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing promotion Windhoek, Namibia’s, fighting policeman, Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo outboxed, outflanked and held off Coatbridge, Scotland’s, Ricky “Rickster” Burns to claim his WBA World Super Lightweight title.
The IBF, IBO jr. welterweight champion, Indongo simply held class, establishing the distance, pace and rhythm of the fight early stalking the mobile “Rickster”.
The quicker Indongo punching like a fine tuned “Blue Machine” used an accurate jab and rapid follow up combinations keeping the southpaw champion off balance. Steering the perplexed Scotsman right out of a middle round attempt to trade the “Blue Machine” targeting Burns body closing with a last round push to secure the “Rickster’s” WBA strap with a one way 120-108, 118-110, 116-112 unanimous points win. Indongo improves to 22-0, 11Ko’s while Burns unbeaten in his previous four going back to a May 2015 decision loss to Omar Figueroa Jr. drops to 41-6-1, 14Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, Darfield, Yorkshire southpaw Robbie Barrett picked himself up off the canvas twice and rallied back to seized the BBBofC British Lightweight title with a courageous twelve round majority decision over Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, UK’s reigning champion Scott Cardle.
Down in the second from a clean left and in the fifth compliments of a Cardle body shot, the courageous southpaw challenger Barrett battled back returning to his early success mixing his shots to the body and head leaving the champion cut over his left eye in round six, trapping him on the ropes in round seven for a two-handed assault mixing some clean offensive punching with some timely counters finished hard grabbing a tightly contested 115-113, 114-112, 114-114 majority decision. Barrett improves to 15-2-1, 1Ko while the previously unbeaten Cardle slips to 21-1-1,7Ko’s
Leading the undercard, Epsom, Surrey’s Charlie Edwards claimed the vacant BBBofC British super flyweight title scoring a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over Jerviston, Motherwell, Scotland’s, Iain Butcher.
Edwards working behind a machine gun jab held Butcher at bay limiting the overweight Scotsman to minor intermittent success with a solid twelve rounds of accurate punching rewarded by the judges with a 120-109, 120-108 times two title grabbing unanimous decision. Edwards moves to 10-1, 4ko’s while Butcher drops to 16-3, 5Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round battle for the vacant BBBofC Celtic Lightweight title Newarthill, Scotland’s, Charlie Flynn, 8-0, 1Ko and Irvine, Scotland’s, Ryan “Electric” Collins, 13-2, 2Ko’s were forced to settle for a third-round technical draw when after an accidental clash of heads left Flynn with a severe cut above the left eye referee Michael Alexander on the advice of the ringside physician called the fight over at 1:34 of round three.
In a battle of Glasgow, super bantamweights, Joe Ham picked up the vacant BBBofC Celtic Super Bantamweight title scoring a decision win over Scott McCormack. The fight evenly and hotly contested early saw Ham hold onto the drive out working and out landing McCormack for an easy 99-92 title win. Ham improves to 11-0, 5Ko’s while McCormack drops to 5-3-1.
In four round action:
Kirkintilloch, Scotland, welterweight Ally Black banged out North Anston, Yorkshire, UK’s, Mark Weston in one round. Black moves to 6-3-1, 3Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Weston falls to 2-1, 1Ko.
Edinburgh, Scotland, super-featherweight Lewis Paulin held onto his zero scoring a final round stoppage of Hull, Yorkshire, UK opponent Luke Fash. Paulin improves to 9-0, 1Ko while the contract fulfilling Flash winless in his last eighteen drops to 2-21-1.
In welterweight action Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK, 2016 Olympian Josh Kelly got his pro career off to an impressive start opening his full array of weapons pounding a straight-forward 59-55 points win over Dublin, Ireland’s, Jay Byrne. Kelly scheduled to appear on the Joushua vs Klitschko card April 29th begins 1-0 while Byrne dropping his second straight falls to 4-2, 1Ko.
Hackney, London, 24-year-old, 2016 Olympic, cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie dropped Starogard Gdanski, Poland’s, Lukasz Rusiewicz dropping the 35-year-old, Pol three times forcing referee Victor Loughlin to step in and put a halt to the bout at 2:36 of round one. Okolie like Kelly headed to the undercard of Joshua vs Klitschko moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Rusiewicz winless I his last six, stopped in his last four drops to 22-30, 13Ko’s.
Sullivan Barrera Stops Paul Parker in Action-Packed
Light Heavyweight Showdown Live on HBO Latino Boxing!
(April 15th) The Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series teamed up with HBO Latino for another exciting night of boxing at the Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The stacked undercard of international and local prospects was the perfect lead-in to the exciting televised event on HBO Latino.
In the first fight of the evening, Kazakhstan middleweight Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Javier Olvera (1-1, 1 KO) of Mexico in the second round. This was Nursultantov's first appearance in the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series.
The next fight featured former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (4-0, 2 KOs) of Georgia (country) against Bryan Goldsby (4-3) of Macon Georgia. Gogokhia appeared on the Rising Stars' premiere back in November 2016. Goldsby quit on the stool after only two rounds with Gogokhia.
Junior middleweights Madiyar Ashkeyev of Kazakhstan (8-0, 4 KOs) and Brooklyn native Shawn Cameron (10-3, 5 KOs) were set to square off for eight rounds of action. Ashkeyev suffered a cut over his right eye in the first round. The injury did not affect his precision. He continued to connect his vicious combination attacks on Cameron. Shawn managed to hang in against the always-tough Ashkeyev until 1:06 of the seventh in a gutty and gritty performance but the referee called a halt to the action.
(Goode and Chaney)
The only fight on the undercard to go the distance was the eight-round heavyweight battle between local sensation Cassius Chaney (10-0, 5 KOs) and Detroit, MI native Juan Goode (8-5, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in the lopsided unanimous decision for Chaney. After the fight, Chaney said, "Goode was a tough opponent. He has never been knocked out. I was hoping to be the first."
(Alexander and Calixto)
The HBO Latino telecast began with the ten-round middleweight contest between St. Louis' own Vaughn Alexander (8-0, 5 KOs) and Andres Calixto (14-4, 9 KOs) of Mexico. This was the first ten-round fight for Alexander, who accepted the additional rounds on just a few days' notice when the original co-feature fell out due to illness. The fight was exciting from bell-to-bell. The referee deducted a point from Calixto in the tenth round for holding and hitting. It was Andres' third offense. Vaughn secured the unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring the contest 100-89 and 99-90 (2).
After the fight, Alexander said, "It was a great experience for me. My first time going 10 rounds. I went in with a clear mind. I got the job done. Going back to the gym, I know what to expect now."
The main event featured a brawl between Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) and Paul "Pay Per View" Parker (8-2, 4 KOs). The fight started off with both fighters trading shots and feeling each other out. Then Parker took five minutes to recover from a head butt and Barrera immediately knocked him down at the start of the next round. Parker managed to get back up and Barrera suffered a head butt shortly after. Barrera took just a moment to recover then came out with a vengeance and knocked down Parker. Within seconds of Parker getting up from the knockdown, the referee stopped the fight and Parker's night was done at 2:08 of the fifth round.
An elated Sullivan said about his performance, "I feel great. Paul Parker is a great boxer but the only time he hurt me was with the head butt. I guess what happened with the head butt and everything, finally in the fifth-round I was able to hit him as I wanted and everything went exactly the way I wanted it to. I am ready for the next level!"
Bivol Stops Clarkson in Four!
By: Jesse Wells
April 14th, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland: In the main event of a Greg Cohen, Banner co-promoted “ShoBox: The New Generation” St. Petersburg, Russia’s Dmitry Bivol retained his interim WBA World Light Heavyweight title dropping Cedar Hill, Texas, southpaw, Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson three times enroute to a fourth-round Technical knockout victory.
The power punching Bivol going right on the offensive hurt Clarkson with a drilling right to the body early in the opening frame, turning his straight punches upstairs flooring the out gunned Texan twice in round one.
The game Clarkson able to finish round one would see few moments in round two as the patient Russian found his distance landing straight one-two’s.
In round three the persistent Russian pushing his agenda stepping in and out with clean straight shots adjusted the distance in round three drawing Clarkson in for a “main event” right hand dropping him for the third time forcing referee Harvey Dock to rightfully step in and wave it over at 1:40 of round four. Bivol moves to 10-0, 8Ko’s while Clarkson drops to 19-4, 12Ko’s.
In the co-feature Baltimore, Maryland, 21-year-old, welterweight Malik Hawkins scored a blinding second round TKO stoppage of Zaragoza, Mexico’s late sub Carlos “Narro” Soto.
Hawkins zeroed in early setting up solid right hands with an accurate jab backing up the unbeaten Mexican with heavy right hands putting him on a knee for a referee bill Clancy eight count in round one.
Staying on the offensive in round two targeting Soto’s swelling left eye Hawkins would have his way with the defenseless Soto drawing the attention of the ringside doctor who called a stop to the action
when “Narro” said, he could not see. Hawkins improves to 11-0, 8KO’s while the previously unbeaten Soto slips to 13-1-2, 7Ko’s.
In an eight-round battle of unbeaten super bantamweights Baltimore, Maryland’s Glenn Dezurn out pointed New Brunswick, New Jersey’s, Leroy Davila. Dezurn the aggressor and heavier puncher gaining the advantage in some entertaining exchanges would out work the mobile southpaw Davila gaining all three judges approval with a 78-74 times three unanimous decision. Dezurn remains undefeated at 9-0, 6Ko’s while Davila suffering his first defeat slips to 5-1, 3Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In light heavyweight action Baltimore, Maryland, Travis Reeves extended his unbeaten run to thirteen scoring an eight round unanimous decision over Philadelphia, journeyman Taneal Goyco. The more active and precise punching Reeves throwing and landing the more significant punches was rewarded by the judges with a 80-72, 78-74 times two unanimous decision. Reeves moves to 14-2-2, 7Ko’s while Goyco assuming opponent status sinks to 9-10-1, 4Ko’s.
In an all offense, skill less, leave the defense at the door eight round heavyweight bout Philadelphia’s, Joey Dawejko and Modesto, California’s, Rodney Hernandez traded leather to an all in 77-75 Dawejko, 78-74 Hernandez, 76-76 split decision slugfest draw. Dawejko leaves 17-4-4, 10Ko’s while Hernandez moves to 10-5-2, 2Ko’s.
After a feeling out first round Saint Petersburg, Russia heavyweight, Sergey Kuzmin remained unbeaten trading heavy shots with Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s, Keenan Hickman who having claimed to have injured his left arm dropped with a big left remained seated in the corner for the bell sounding round four giving Kuzmin a third round RTD win. Kuzmin moves to 10-0, 7Ko’s while Hickman falls to 5-2-1, 2Ko’s.
Salinas, California, more skilled 19-year-old, super featherweight, Ruben Villa picked apart Puerto Rico’s, Luis E Diaz Torres for most of their scheduled six rounder convincing the referee to stop the punishment at 0:34 of round six. Villa improves to 5-0, 3ko’s while Torres suffering his first loss dips to 2-1, 1Ko.
Santa Fe Springs, California, 19-year-old, super featherweight, Michael Dutchover remained perfect battering Tamaulipas, Mexico’s, over matched Eder “Koriano” Fajardo for nine minutes prompting “Koriano’s” corner they had seen enough calling the bout to a close at the end of three. Dutchover improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Fajardo sinks to 2-3, 1Ko.
In a battle of pro debuting heavyweights like a “chip off the old block” Baltimore, Maryland’s, Hasim Rahman Jr, the 26-year-old son of former IBF, WBC and IBO Heavyweight Champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman wasted no time battering Lanham, Maryland’s, Ralph Alexander up and down with heavy punches forcing referee Bill Clancy to call it over at 0:40 of round one. Rahman Jr. starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Alexander considers trade school at 0-1.
Huerta Upsets Delgado In LA Fight Club Main Event!
By: David Colon
April 14th, Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California: Leading a Golden Boy “LA Fight Club” card broadcast LIVE on Estrella TV Paramount, California’s, Charles Huerta returned to the win column scoring an upset third round knockout of previously unbeaten LA super featherweight Ivan “Stryker” Delgado.
Opening to the usual feeling out first frame with both fighters remaining behind a high guard Huerta assuming the role of aggressor finding his range with the jab took control of the center of the ring putting the “Stryker’s” back on the ropes for some clean work several times in round two.
In round three Huerta quickly backing Delgado back on the ropes sitting on his shots put the “Stryker’s” on the canvas with a drilling one-two for a referee Tom Taylor eight count. Huerta immediately returned to work with a follow up barrage of unanswered punches forcing referee Taylor to step in and stop it at 0:36 of round three. Huerta coming in off split decision losses to Jonathan Arrellano and Carlos Morales improves to 19-5, 12Ko’s while Delgado suffering his first loss dips to 11-1-1, 4 Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, East LA super lightweight, Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro remained unbeaten dropping Tijuana, Mexico’s “bill paying” Joan Jose Valenzuela with a body shot in round five then providing the appropriate follow up punishment to force referee Ray Corona to stop the fight at 2:21 of round five. Navarro improves to 9-0, 6Ko’s while Valenzuela stopped in back to back fights drops to 4-8-1, 4Ko’s.
In other action:
LA featherweight, Manny “Chato” Robles Jr. shined Durango, Mexico’s, Jose “Chore” Martinez cutting up and shutting out the out classed “Chore” for a 59-55, 60-54 times two unanimous decision. Robles Jr, moves to 12-0, 4Ko’s while Martinez 2-8 in his last ten drops to 7-9, 5Ko’s.
Whittier, California, super bantamweight, Pablo “Shark” Rubio Jr. remained unbeaten winning a power punching influenced 59-55 times three unanimous decision over Bakersfield, California’s, Angel Enrique Aguilar Jimenez. Rubio Jr. improves to 9-0, 5Ko’s allowing Aguilar resume his opponent calling at 8-12, 4Ko’s.
In a six-round affair, promising LA 22-year-old featherweight, Edgar Valerio continued to impress scoring a retaliating second round stoppage of Juarez, Mexico’s, Francisco “Panchito” Dominguez.
Valerio paused by a “Panchito” low blow in round one struck back in round two blitzing Dominguez with a two-handed assault highlighted by with a heavy left getting his revenge when Dominguez's corner called for a stop to the punishment immediately after the close of round two. Valerio advances to 10-0, 6Ko’s while Dominguez winless in his last six dives to 7-10, 1Ko.
Lopez Scores Unanimous Decision Against Corral
In The Main Event Of Premier Boxing Champions On FS1
(April 9th) Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) earned a decisive unanimous decision (100-89, 100-89, 100-89) over Saul Corral (21-9, 12 KOs) in the Ringstar Sports promoted main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes from The Novo at L.A. Live.
Although Corral was able to finish the fight, Lopez controlled the action throughout, dropping Corral to the canvas in the 10th round to cement the victory.
The co-main event saw Alejandro Luna (22-0, 15 KOs) defeat Andrey Klimov (19-4, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 98-92) in a thrilling ten-round lightweight bout. Luna stunned Klimov on a couple of occasions, but the resilient Klimov would not be knocked out, instead going the distance in a fan-friendly battle.
The televised opener featured 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (1-0, 1 KO) getting a powerful stoppage in his professional debut over Thomas Smith (3-5-1, 2 KOs). Balderas stalked Smith with precision and forced Smith's corner to throw in the towel following the first round.
The non-televised fights featured a slew of talented fighters making their highly anticipated professional debuts. 2016 Mexican Olympian and Bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez (1-0) secured a unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) over Brian True (1-7-1, 1 KO) in four-round slugfest.
2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis (1-0, 1 KO) landed punches in bunches against Rasheed Lawal (1-5-1). Stanionis applied pressure with two swarms of punches in the first round, the second barrage proving too much for Lawal and forced the referee to stop the fight in round one (2:35).
Lindolfo Delgado (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Luis Silva (3-10, 2 KOs) in round three (:33). Delgado knocked Silva down with a vicious uppercut in the second round and Silva never fully regained himself before his corner stopped the fight in the third frame.
Money Powell IV (1-0, 1 KO) used his height and reach advantage to dominate Todd Templeton (0-1), knocking Templeton down twice and then stunning him a third time before the referee stopped the action in the first round (2:55).
Super Lightweights: Alejandro Luna W10 Andrey Klimov
Super Welterweights: Josesito Lopez W10 Saul Corral
Super Middleweights: Maricela Cornejo W6 Sydney LeBlanc
Lightweights: Carlos Balderas RTD1 Thomas Smith
Super Middleweights: Misael Rodriguez W4 Brian True
Super Welterweights: Eimantas Stanionis KO1 Rasheed Lawal
Super Lightweights: Lindolfo Delgado TKO3 Luis Angel Silva
Middleweights: Money Powell IV KO1 Todd Templeton
Lightweights: Alejandro Guerrero KO2 Isaac Avalos
Shun Kubo Dethrones Nehomar Cermeno
Sets up Clash with Danny Roman!
(April 9, 2017) - Over the weekend, super bantamweight Shun Kubo stunned the boxing world with a stoppage win over WBA champion Nehomar Cermeno in Kubo's native Japan.
The upset win sets up Kubo with a potential world title fight with top challenger Danny Roman, who moved into the top spot by knocking out Adam Lopez in the ninth round back in January in a WBA world title eliminator broadcast on Showtime.
"We got passed Adam Lopez in the WBA title eliminator earlier this year and now we're ready for Shun Kubo," said Danny Roman, who is based in Los Angeles. "Kubo did a great job wearing down Cermeno, and I congratulate him on the win. I'm ready to fight him. Let's make it happen."
Contact: Pierre Kacsinta, Director of Public Relations, Thompson Boxing Promotions, email@example.com, (818) 720-8721
Lomachenko Enjoy’s a Ninth Round
“Sweet Science” Dismantling of Sosa!
By: Coach K
(April 8th) Heading a Top Rank promoted inaugural card in the Theater of the MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland: Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian Vasyl Hi-Tech” Lomachenko retained his WBO World Super Featherweight title scoring an authoritative “sweet science” styled ninth round stoppage of Camden, New Jersey’s Jason “El Canito” Sosa.
Making his second title defense, Lomachenko seen by most pundits as boxing’s greatest amateur continued to excel showcasing a full complement of skill, speed, power molded around a solid core of athleticism creating impossible offensive and defensive angles imposing his will and punishment over the game but out matched New Jerseyite.
Lomachenko dominating the action from bell to bell, round to round at times playing and taunting his beaten foe with rapid combinations to the body and head sliding aside to admire the quickly resume his work.
Beating “El Canito” to the punch Lomachenko frustrated and befuddled Sosa who changing tactics still found himself mentally handcuffed, physically beaten and the recipient of punishing streams of punches only to be intensified in response to a Sosa round eight low blow.
Lomachenko appearing to be enjoying himself continued his relentless body and head target practice battering his thoroughly whipped challenger until the close of round nine when Sosa's trainer and manager, Raul Rivas, “threw in the towel” prompting referee Kenny Chevalier to call a close to the one-way skills competition before the bell sounded for round ten. Lomachenko with another “Hi Tech” performance moves to 8-1, 6Ko’s while the former pizza maker Sosa stripped of his WBA title for taking the fight falls to 20-2-4, 15Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Kiev, Ukraine, southpaw, Oleksandr Usyk retained his WBO World Cruiserweight title wining a weighty twelve round unanimous decision over Las Vegas, Michael Hunter.
The bigger, heavier 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Usyk off his standard sluggish start finding himself on the end of hunters lighter but more frequent jabs gradually adjusted landing heavy lefts to the body setting up a destructive twelfth round in which Usyk pounded Hunter up and down sending him repelling into the ropes for a referee Bill Clancy standing eight count opening the door for some
Hunter unnecessary punishment and a Usyk 117-110 times three unanimous decision win. Usyk making the second defense of the cruiserweight championship improves to 12-0, 10Ko’s while Hunter the son of 80’s-90’s heavyweight contender Mike "The Bounty" Hunter suffering his first defeat slips to 12-1, 8Ko’s.
Leading the undercard Oxnard, California, based 2012 Ukrainian Olympic light heavyweight Bronze Medalist, Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk scored an impressive third round TKO stoppage of Miami, Florida, based Cuban, Yunieski “Monster” Gonzalez.
The mobile Gvozdyk keeping the reaching “Monster” on the end of his punches picked apart the tough and ready Gonzalez apart with clean combinations highlighted by drilling rights sending the beaten Cuban to the canvas twice in round three convincing referee Harvey dock he had seen enough at 2:55 of round three. Gvozdyk in the mix of the tough 175lb division moves to 13-011Ko’s while “The Beast” stablemate Joe Smith Jr. Gonzalez drops to 18-3, 14Ko’s.
Waldorf, Maryland, speedy super lightweight southpaw, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed remained unbeaten scoring a one way ten round 99-91 times three unanimous decision over Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico’s, Reyes Sanchez. Reed moves to 22-0, 12Ko’s while the durable Sanchez winless in his last four falls to 26-10-2, 15Ko’s.
Philadelphia, WBO NABO, and USBA Super Middleweight champion, Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, the 27-year-old son of former middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart added the vacant WBA-NABA strap to his collection with a fifth-round TKO stoppage of Sonora, Mexico’s, Alan “Amenaza” Campa.
After a slight early adjustment, Hart bringing some heavy shots from underneath hurt Campa several times when in round five a big right caught Campa and the attention of the beaten Mexican’s corner prompting it to toss in the towel to end the fight at 1:44 of round five. Hart moves to 22-0, 18Ko’s while Campa drops to 16-3, 11Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round welterweight contest Oxnard, California based Lithuanian, Egidijus Kavaliauskas bounced Distrito Federal, Mexico’s, southpaw, Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton off the canvas three times, two coming by way of quick combinations in round three and the third and final one coming from of a loaded single drilling right forcing a referee full count at 2:58 of round four. The 2008 and 2012 Lithuania Olympian Kavaliauskas improves to 16-0, 13Ko’s while Agaton 1-4 in his last five drops to 18-6-3, 10Ko’s.
In an eight round super lightweight pairing Hyattsville, Maryland, southpaw Patrick Harris stalked Monterrey, Mexico’s, mostly defensive Omar “Mr. Power” Garcia with a steady and concentrated body attack for an ordinary time filling 80-72 times three unanimous decision. Harris climbs to 11-0, 7Ko’s while the never dangerous 1-6 in his last seven Garcia doing his part sinks to 6-7, 1Ko.
Smith Gets Retirement Gift,
Flanagan Out Points Petrov!
By: Ian Webb
April 8th, Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK: In the lead attraction of a Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotion Liverpool’s, Liam “Beefy” Smith won a ninth-round retirement over Clydach Vale, Wales, Liam Williams when was withdrawn from the fight by his corner before the start of round ten.
The all UK affair starting aggressive for both fighters saw a mobile boxing Williams opening a cut over the overweight Smith’s right eye in round three. Williams seemingly taking control of the contest with his boxing skills ran into some intense combat in the middle rounds and was ahead on all of the judges' scorecards when he would be withdrawn from the fight by his trainer Gary Lockett after a clash of heads left him seriously cut and unable to see in round nine. Smith unable to claim the interim WBO title due to him having missed the 154lb weight limit improves to 25-1-1, 14Ko’s while Williams ahead on most cards ringside slips to 16-1-1, 11Ko’s.
In the co-feature Manchester’s, Terry “Turbo” Flanagan retained his WBO World Lightweight title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Madrid, Spain, based Russian, Petr “Zar” Petrov.
The action taking a calculated turn early saw the mandatory challenger make some small gains early forcing the counter punching champion to go into “Turbo” mode in the middle rounds but was met head on by the determined Russian.
The more aggressive and busier southpaw Flanagan making the most of his lead right, landing the cleaner sharper shots but never seemed to turn the corner and put the fight away until in round eleven opening a big gash around Petrov's right eye leaving the Russian challengers body attack short on the scorecards when the scores were announced a bit too wide 116-112, 118-110, 120-108 for the champion Flanagan. Flanagan moves to 33-0, 13Ko’s while Petrov falls to 38-5-2, 19Ko’s.
Super Welterweights: Liam Smith RTD9 Liam Williams
Lightweights: Terry Flanagan W12 Petr Petrov
Super Lightweights: Jack Catterall KO3 Martin Gethin
Super Welterweights: Jimmy Kilrain Kelly W10 Rick Godding
Super Welterweights: James Metcalf RTD5 Jason Ball
Super Middleweights: Mark Heffron TKO2 Achilles Szabo
Super Featherweights: Zelfa Barrett TKO6 Ross Jameson
Super Bantamweights: Paul Butler TKO4 Carlos Ruben Dario Ruiz
Super Welterweights: Mason Cartwright KO1 Sam Omidi
Super Flyweights: Nicola Adams W4 Virginia Noemi Carcamo
Heavyweights: Daniel Dubois TKO1 Marcus Kelly
Cruiserweights: Jordan Thompson TKO2 Jevgenijs Andrejevs
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