In perhaps an interesting title for a show considering the current political events of the UK, MTK Global returned to London’s York Hall for it’s final show of 2018 with those in attendance and watching at home being treated to two European title fights.
As well as the fights including titles being defended, there were a few MTK prospects fighting on the undercard all hoping to make big steps in 2019.
James Hawley vs Scott Hillman – Super Welterweight
One prospect making his debut was 19 year old Londoner James Hawley against journeyman Scott Hillman.
Despite making his debut live on TV, Hawley went through the four rounds fairly unscathed.
After a tentative start that you may expect from an inexperienced fighter, Hawley seemed to excel in confidence towards the end of the first round.
The young fighter was first to every punch as Hillman continued to come forward. To the journeyman’s credit, Hillman managed to take a variety of punches throughout the fight displaying true toughness against a fighter who is worth looking out for in the future.
The 4 round contest finished 40-36 in favour of James Hawley.
Billy Jackson (1-0) vs Lee Hallett (journeyman) – Super Lightweight
Another prospect on the bill was Billy ‘The Kid’ Jackson who went up against Lee Hallett in a 4 round contest.
From the off, both fighters were more than willing to throw with Jackson winning the jab exchanges before beginning to have a bit more variety in the punches that he was throwing.
Considering he was the underdog, Hallett was able to have some shot success as well as Jackson began to look for one big punch a lot of the time rather than focusing on consistency.
The fight was awarded to Jackson with a scorecard of 39-37.
Larry Ekundayo vs Louis Greene – Welterweight – IBF European Title
The extremely popular Larry Ekundayo came out on top against an extremely tough Louis Greene.
With Jimmy Tibbs in his corner, Ekundayo dominated most of the fight, trading occasionally with Greene who has a decent KO percentage.
An unfortunate moment of the fight involved Greene being deducted a point in the 4th round for use of the head, making things even more difficult for the Kent based boxer.
Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo was the deserving winner in almost every department, being the most active fighter throughout the contest and boxing beautifully at times.
As the fight developed, Greene began to look for the stoppage more and more, subsequently allowing Ekundayo to showcase his Boxing ability.
Ekundayo was awarded the fight via unanimous decision – 100,89,98-91 & 99-92, successfully defending his European title.
Now at the age of 36, and with 16 professional fights under his belt, Ekundayo may have to decide in 2019 if he is to pursue more credited titles in the welterweight division.
Darragh Foley vs Akeem Ennis Brown – Super Lightweight – IBF European Title
In the evenings main event, Akeem Ennis Brown took on Darragh Foley for the vacant IBF European Title.
After a fast and furious start from both fighters, Ennis Brown began to take control of the fight, being quite a bit pacier than Foley in both the hand speed and foot work departments.
Frustratingly what was warming up to be a brilliant fight, turned into a slugfest at times with both fighters ending up on the floor on a regular basis due to a mixture of wrestling and throwing.
Foley had has fair share of success when it came to throwing punches, but unfortunately it
wasn’t quite enough as the 23 year old Ennis Brown was awarded the victory after dominating the later, championship rounds looking not only quicker than Foley but in a fitter physical state as well.
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