MTK hosted a star-studded fight night at York Hall on Friday night with both British and foreign talent taking centre stage.
ESBR were on hand to report on all of the action as it took place…
Ryan Walsh vs Lewis Paulin – 12 x 3 Rounds – British Featherweight Title
In what can only be described as a classic British Title clash, Walsh who was competing in his Sevent British title fight, just about did enough to get the victory over a very game Lewis Paulin.
Pushed all the way and both backed by very noisy support, Paulin certainly had his moments in the fight, even enough for one judge to award him a points decision.
Paulin who had only had 12 fights previous to last night compared to Walsh’s 27 had mostly fought journeyman in his professional career so must be given a lot of praise for taking a massive step-up when called upon to do so.
Although competitive right the way through, Walsh was able to dictate the pace of the fight when he wanted to as well as invite the Scot to trade on occasions.
Now 33, Walsh has given an indication of wanting a rematch with Isaac Lowe who was able to get a draw against Walsh last year or attempt to move up to European level again, after holding the British title since 2015.
Ohara Davies vs Miguel Vazquez – 10 x 3 Rounds
“OD” returned to winning ways almost exactly a year after his last professional victory, all be it in controversial circumstances against Mexican & former world title challenger Miguel Vazquez.
In what wasn’t a very entertaining fight, fans in attendance & watching at home seemed disappointed/surprised with the outcome as did Davies who held up Vazquez’s arm after being awarded a points decision of 97-94.
Davies who certainly showed signs of rust won plenty of the jab exchanges early on, looked like he was growing into the fight at some stages but never really got going in what could be described as a cagey affair.
Vasquez on the other hand started to put more pressure on Davies in the last couple of rounds but clearly didn’t do enough to warrant a points victory.
To be fair to Davies, not only was this his first fight since defeat to Jack Catterall in October of last year, he also indicated immediately after the fight that he had injured a rib which could have contributed towards his below-par performance.
Siar Ozgul (15-3) vs Anthony Yigit (23-1) – 8 x 3 Rounds
Siar Ozgul put on a fantastic display against the highly rated Anthony Yigit over 8 rounds. Ozgul who was bouncing back from his defeat to Samuel Antwi two months ago, battled through the entire fight, only losing on a 75-78 scorecard.
Yigit who perhaps had a tougher nights work than expected, is talked about as being world class by many and is likely to be looking to secure a big fight next after fighting in 3 consecutive 8 round fights.