Samuel ‘The Sensation’ Antwi made a successful first defence of his Southern Area Welterweight title, two months after originally winning the strap.
Facing a tough and ever-present Siar Ozgul, the York Hall faithful were treated to an entertaining 10 round scrap in which both fighters left with bundles of credit.
Antwi who dismantled Jez Smith in February looked the fresher and more confident fighter throughout the contest with work rate being a key factor.
Enjoying the earlier exchanges and coming better off whenever both fighters decided to trade, the Londoner coasted to a points win to extend his professional record to 12-1 a scorecard of 98-93 in his favour.
As the fight reached the later rounds, Ozgul searched heavily for the stoppage making the bout even more entertaining as Antwi was happy to trade blow for blow as well.
Ozgul who is still only 26 will go back to the drawing board especially after surprisingly not making weight on Thursday after previously making the Light-Welterweight limit less than a year ago when facing Mikey Sakyi.
Other Results Included:
Liam Wells (4-0) – Jumanne Camero (7-3)
Liam Wells was successful as he took up a step-up in class against the tough Jumanne Camero.
Wells who was only fighting in his 5th professional fight, won almost every round on the scorecard against the former Southern Area champ and stated in his post-fight interview with ESBR that he wants to continue fighting 8 rounders rather than take a step back.
Some in the crowd felt that the 79-74 scorecard was unfair on Camero who boxed well at times but ultimately felt short to the more skilled, busier boxer.
Even after being a pro for only a few months titles may be the priority for the Essex man sooner rather than later in the welterweight division.
Steven Ward (10-0) – Abdula Arabie (2-5)
Fighting less than a month ago, Steven Ward returned to fight at Cruiserweight and was dominant in doing so, knocking down Arabie in rounds 3 & 5 with body shots before the Bulgarian didn’t come out for the 6th round.
James Hawley (2-0) – Zygimantas Butkevicius (1-20)
James Hawley produced another skilled performance in his 3rd professional bout, winning every round.
Still only 20, it could be a little while before Hawley is pushed into more challenging fights.
Dan Azeez (7-0) – Josip Perkovic (5-8-1)
Crowd favourite Dan Azeez enjoyed another stoppage win against Josip Perkovic after the fight was stopped at the end of the 4th round.
Azeez looked very comfortable against a fighter who has only been stopped once as he continues his journey in what is expected to be a busy year for the York Hall regular.
Chantelle Cameron (8-0) – Feriche Mashauri (7-3)
Marking her return to the ring since splitting from Shane McGuigan, Cameron recorded the 6th stoppage of her career against Mashauri inside two rounds.
Mashauri who in her last fight took Natasha Jonas the distance wasn’t given any chance at all by Cameron to get into any sort of rhythm.
As a fight with Katie Taylor continues to be talked about, the direction that Cameron decides to go under new trainer Jamie Moore is set to be an interesting one.