Fireworks In Oldham

Updated: Aug 6, 2019


This evening we reflect on the card and the fighters that performed and bring you a review of the highlights of the show.

Jake Haigh vs Josef Obeslo (6 x 3)

First up was Jake Haigh trained by Ricky Hatton in his 5th professional bout against experienced journeyman Obeslo.

The 1st round started well with both men exchanging a good variety of punches, as the round went on Haigh started to take control. 2nd round and Haigh is really showing good variety in his punches which started to back Obeslo up and in turn cause his nose to bleed after this he became less engaging.

The 3rd round came around and Jake is really putting the pressure on his opponent who his backing up a each chance he got, Jake really dominated the round and it looked like the fight had completely gone from Obeslo. 4th round started as the 3rd left off Jake really stepped on the gas, and then threw a body shot which put Obeslo down, at this point Obeslo didnt want any more and the ref called halt to the bout giving Jake Haigh his 3rd KO victory.


The 3rd round came around and Jake is really putting the pressure on his opponent who his backing up a each chance he got, Jake really dominated the round and it looked like the fight had completely gone from Obeslo. 4th round started as the 3rd left off Jake really stepped on the iigas, and then threw a body shot which put Obeslo down, at this point Obeslo didnt want any more and the ref called halt to the bout giving Jake Haigh his 3rd KO victory.

Overall a great performance from Jake, who picked up his 3rd KO in 5 bouts. I think its now time to step up the opposition and provide him with a different test.


Joe Eko vs Kris Laight (4 x 3)

Successful amateur Joe Eko was stepping into the ring for the first time as a professional against well known and durable journeyman Laight.

Eko put on a great display in his first outing showing why he was successful in the amateur game. He shown great variety in switching from head to body and threw very fast combinations which put Laight on the back foot, however Laight is no slouch and his record does him no justice as he gave Eko lots to think about using his experience to tie Eko up and eat a few punches at times.

The bout went the distance and Joe Eko picked up the W in his first outing. It was clear Eko was a level above his opponent and looks like a great prospect for the future.


Liam Taylor vs Asvdas Trizno (6 x 3)

Very good performance from Liam here, he started the 1st round really well utilising the jab and keeping his opponent at bay. This continued into the 2nd round where Liam started to unload on the opponent and eventually caught him with a big right hand which ended the fight.

Liam is now looking to get a British title eliminator and he deserves his chance having only lost Tyrone Nurse on 2 days notice.


Jack Kilgannon vs Dan Spencer (4 x 3)

This was the debut of Kilgannon, and boy was it a debut to remember. The bout started out pretty tentative and Jack was using the double jab well, then Spencer turned the bout into a dog fight. Jack shown that he was able to box well on the back foot catching the opponent with some great right hands and left hooks. The bout went the full 4 rounds and Jack was victorious in what was one hell of a debut, much to the delight of the great following he had at the show.

Jack now goes on to fight on the Hughie Fury vs Joseph Parker undercard at the Manchester Arena on the 23rd September, a fight we are looking forward to.


Shakeeb Ali vs Joe Beedon (4 x 3)

Shakeeb picked up a comfortable victory much to the delight of the travelling fans, by putting on a good display in the bout. He shown his ability to put together some great shots and had Beedon covering up for most of the fight. Ali continued to show his ability throughout the fight and gave little to the opponent.

After the fight we spoke to Shakeeb and he is looking for a step up in competition which I believe is something he now needs to rise to the occasion.


Jack Flatley vs Sonny Whiting (4 x 3)

Jack shown the Oldham crowd why he is being touted as one of the UK's hot prospects. The use of the uppercut was very successful in the bout and caused the opponent to back pedal on a few occasions. Jack's precision punching really caused problems for Whiting and saw the bout pretty much end up being Flatley chasing the opponent.

Flatley came away with a points decision and it was a good little workout in preparation for a bigger televised fight later in the year.


Danny Wright vs Illan Markow (6 x 3)

Oldham's new favorite boxing son produced a performance that keeps the local contingent very excited. Danny shown the Oldham crowd why he is being touted as the next Ricky Hatton. The fast handed combinations really stunned the opponent on a few occasions and with the chants of "There's Only One Danny Wright" ringing around the Oldham Community Leisure Centre he didn't fail to disappoint. After hurting Markow in the second round, Wright continued the assault in the third and forced the referee to step in and halt the fight much to the delight of the crowd.

Its going to be hard to hold Danny Wright back for too long as he has bags of potential and needs to be provided with stiffer competition in the next bout.


Qasim Niaz vs Andrej Cepur

Niaz dominated the bout by using his natural reach and height advantages the opponent struggled to deal with this and Niaz was able to throw fast and hard shots to the body which took the wind right out of Cepur.

This continued throughout the bout and Niaz now wants to step up the competition and is looking to get onto one of the big upcoming shows.


Main Event

Mark Heffron vs Itsvan Zeller (4 x 3)

There was a full house to see well loved local hot prospect Mark Heffron take on a late change of opponent in Zeller.

Heffron dominated the bout overpowering and and out hustling Zeller much to the applause of the local crowd. There were a few occasions where you thought a highlight reel KO was coming, the crowd wanted blood!

Mark picked up the win, but afterwards told us how he wants the bigger fights. After signing a deal with Frank Warren he will now be showcased on BoxNationTV and its quite possible his first fight will be against Tyan Booth, both men exchanged heated words over Facebook today and it seems a fight needs to be made!


Overall it was great show and the local fans and ourselves loved every minute of it

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