Khan Returns from “The Celebrity Jungle"
With Thirty Nine Second Bliting of Lo Greco!
By: Ian Webb
April 21st, Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom: Heading an Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing bill Bolton, UK former WBA/IBF/ and WBA Light Welterweight Champion, Amir “King” Khan returned from over a two-year absence blasting out Toronto, Canada’s, “Italian Sensation” Phil Lo Greco in thirty-nine seconds.
Fighting at a 150lb catch-weight limit under the guidance of trainer Joe Goossen who stepped in after Khan’s customary coach Virgil Hunter was struck down with illness the high guard Khan returning form a May 7th, 2016 sixth round TKO World Boxing Council World Middleweight Title challenge of recently tainted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez showing no sign of ring rust immediately took control of the center of the ring employing his superior skill craft and hand speed landing through and around lo Greco’s steering left dropping to the canvas with an accurate looping right just fifteen seconds into the opening frame.
Lo Greco taking a referee eight count mistakenly met the supercharged Khan in the center for a three-punch body after which the over matched “Italian Sensation” was driven to the ropes and down by an up and down “King Khan” blitz forcing the referee to immediately wave it over at 0:39 of round one.
Keeping his long-time grudge bout alive with Kell Brook, Khan improves to 32-4, 20Ko’s while Lo Greco losing the biggest fight of his journeyman career falls to 28-4, 15Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Hull, Yorkshire’s, Tommy “Boom Boom” Coyle scored an upset Commonwealth (British Empire) Lightweight Title capturing stoppage of Birkenhead, Merseysides, Sean “Masher” Dodd.
Coyle a third round TKO stoppage win and a hospital stay away from a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Tyrone Nurse “Boom Boom” taking control after rocking Dodd with a heavy right in round three floored Dodd with a tight right left in round four remaining patient picking his shots decking Dodd with another straight right in round six prompting a towel from Team Dodd forcing referee Bob Williams to call the fight over in round six. Coyle contemplating retirement or a shot at British Champion Lewis Ritson improves to 24-4, 12Ko’s
While Dodd falls to 15-3-1, 3Ko’s.
In a ten-round female super featherweight bout Liverpool, 2012 Olympian, Natasha Jonas took control, outclassing and stopping Creil, France’s, Taoussy L'Hadji in seven rounds. Jonas in complete control weathering the taller longer, light punching 41-year-old Gallic fighters first half effort landing the cleaner, heavier shots scored with a long left in round seven initiating a back and forth exchange with the stronger, harder hitting Jonas landing big shots to the body and head buckled L'Hadji with a right hook sending the folding Frenchwoman to the canvas with a thudding body head combination convincing the referee he had seen enough calling the bout near the close of round seven. Jonas improves to 6-0, 5Ko’s as the powder puff punching L'Hadji, 1-5-1 in her last seven falls to 5-6-1.
Stourbridge, Worcestershire, former EBU and WBC International Welterweight champion Sam “The Savage” Eggington returned to the win column flooring Budapest, Hungary, southpaw, Achilles “Best Of” Szabo twice enroute to a second round TKO stoppage win. Eggington coming off a EBU European Welterweight Title losing split decision to Mohamed Mimoune in October rebounds to 22-4, 14Ko’s while Szabo 2-2 in his last four outings drops to 21-19, 10Ko’s.
In a small step up in competition Liverpool, Merseyside, 2016 Olympian, Anthony Fowler remained unbeaten over powering Northolt, Middlesex, 36-year-old, southpaw Ryan Toms with a perfectly placed referee ten count drawing right to the body in round two of the scheduled eight rounder. Fowler improves to 6-0, 5ko’s while Toms levels out at 15-15, 9Ko’s.
In a six-round welterweight match-up Ilford, Essex, Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, the 21-year-old, son to former WBO and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn remained unbeaten stopping Birmingham, West Midlands, Chris “Trumanator” Truman in four rounds. Benn playing a bit of cat and mouse with the game Truman early on dislodged the fading “Trumanator’s” mouth piece with a well delivered one-two in round four sensing it as a sign of weakness immediately opened up well the action resumed hiding a driving left uppercut to the chin in a quick combination putting the enduring Brummie on the seat of his trunks convincing the referee to call it a night. Benn improves to 12-0, 9Ko‘s while Truman winless in his last five falls to 13-9-2, 2Ko’s.
In other action:
Preston, Lancashire, middleweight Scott “Fitzy” Fitzgerald out pointed Szigetszentmiklós, Hungary’s Laszlo Fazekas in a middleweight eight rounder. Fitzgerald improves to 10-0, 7Ko’s as Fazekas evens out at 31-31-1, 18Ko’s.
In a six round super lightweight bout Liverpool, Merseyside, Tom “Fazza” Farrell banged out Chichester, Sussex, Zambian, Mwenya Chisanga in two. Farrell moves to 15-1, 4Ko’s while the non-threatening Chisanga sinks to 1-4-1.
In a six-round tag exhibition Rochdale, Lancashire, welterweight Bilal “Billy the Kid” Rehman made it eleven straight wins without a defeat out pointing Kretinga, Lithuania’s Edvinas Puplauskas, 60-55. Rehman advances to 11-0, 3Ko’s while the record padding Puplauskas winless in his last twelve crashes to 5-18, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round cruiserweight preliminary Liverpool’s, Craig Glover blasted out Edinburgh, Scotland, Ratu Latianara in one. Glover moves to 7-1, 6ko’s while Latianara drops to 5-2.
In a four-round bantamweight bout Leeds, Yorkshire, southpaw, Qais Ashfaq stayed unbeaten scoring a 40-36 points win over Liverpool, Ricky “Battalion Stallion” Starkey. Ashfaq moves to 2-0 while the made to order Starkey winless in his last eight sinks to 2-6-2.