Conor Benn (c) defeats Steve Jamoye with a 4th round TKO to retain the WBA Continental Welterweight Championship
Conor Benn came out very strong in the early rounds. Great stiff jabs, good combinations to the head and body and great footwork. Clearly won rounds 1-3. In the fourth round, Benn got penalized for hitting below the belt but it seemed to fire him up as he returned by unleashing some nice shots shortly after the deduction ending with a 4th round TKO. He now moves his undefeated streak to 16-0. A great display by Benn. Steve Jamoye just never really could get settled, he was tough as he ate shots while coming forward throughout, but in the end he came out very hesitant. There were even moments where Jamoye pulled his shots out of uncertainty. A tough but not confident performance, as he had no answers for Benn’s offense.
Lawrence Okolie defeats Yves Ngabu via TKO in round 7 to become European Cruiserweight champion.
A very scrappy fight. A lot of clinching, and dirty boxing throughout the fight. Okolie has potential to be much better than he his. He has the size and athleticism, but he needs to let his hands go. This fight probably could have ended much earlier but his style is way to hesitant and clinch-happy. Boring fight. Nevertheless, Okolie extends his fight record to 14-0.
Lee Selby defeats Ricky Burns via Majority Decision
Again, another scrappy fight but this time on a much brighter note. There were really good moments for both fighters. Burns pressed the action throughout and both fighters remained pretty active even in the clinch exchanges. Selby edged Burns in points all the way up to midway of the fight, where Burns finally settled in and started gaining some stride and took over the second half of the fight. I felt like the fight was pretty even all the way up to the 12th round. Excellent fight. Me personally scored it as a draw.
Dereck Chisora def. David Price via TKO (thrown towel) in round 4
Dereck Chisora did a great job staying low, closing the distance, hitting the body and going up top throughout. David Price struggled with the pressure that Chisora was putting on him even after hitting Chisora with some really nice punches including a really nice uppercut. Ultimately, Chisora had a good game plan and was able to put him away. Price took the fight on pretty late notice and I felt like it was a good stoppage by his corner as he was just not in shape for a fight like this. Could have ended up a lot worse. A big win for Chisora nevertheless and as a result should see a possible big fight soon.
The Main Event
Josh Taylor defeats Regis Prograis by majority decision WBA IBF WBSS Super Lightweight Unification Bout
Both fighters start out really well. Prograis starts out attacking the body early, even showing some instant redness along Taylors right side of the body but Taylor is landed the better shots in the early couple rounds. Prograis came back in the 3rd and 4th round with some really nice exchanges, continuing with nice body work along with nice jabs. Both fighters exchanging beautiful jabs throughout. Inside of 4 rounds I have it tied. Taylor I felt came back and took 5 and 6 landing the more consistent significant strikes and being busier. I felt Prograis took the 5th off. the 7th round was a toss up to me, both looked really nice, and I had Taylor taking the 8th. Damage is starting to show on Prograis on the nose and along the right eye, Taylor is clearly hitting him with some very hard shots. Prograis did some damage to Taylors right eye over the course of the fight and by the 12th it looked like a mess. The 9th round I gave to Prograis, 10th I had Taylor, 11th for Prograis, 12th back to Taylor. WHAT A FIGHT. Definitely one of the best fights I’ve seen in quite some time. I feel like the fight could have went either way. There were some really close rounds throughout, and some really big moments for both fighters. But in the end, I felt Taylor landed the bigger shots and hurt Prograis more throughout as well. What is next for Josh Taylor? How far if any, does this set Prograis back?
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