Updated: Oct 11, 2019
by Eliot Stott
The Golden Contract Tournament came to town on Friday night as all 8 Featherweights entered at the quarter-final stage, looking to secure their financial future by winning the tournament along with as many £5K KO bonuses as possible.
Tyrone McCullagh (13-0) vs Razaq Najib (11-3) – Featherweight – Golden Contract Quarter Final
Having only been officially confirmed for the tournament on Thursday after Mexican Carlos Araujo pulled out, the odds were rightly stuck high up against Najib who fought only 2 weeks ago in a 4 rounder.
As well as the above, Najib was coming up against the undefeated McCullagh who had been putting months of preparation into the tournament.
Perhaps rather predictably, McCullagh dominated most of the proceedings as fitness and technical ability told, out-pointing the tough Najib with scorecards of 97-93, 98-92 & 96-94.
Jazza Dickens (27-3) vs Carlos Ramos (11-1) – Featherweight – Golden Contract Quarter Final
Backed by Tony Bellew to win the whole tournament, former world title challenger was in a tough fight from the off against Spaniard Ramos who was targeting the scouse’s body from the first bell.
Dickens who was fighting at York Hall for the first time in his professional career which has now lasted almost 9 years, perhaps like McCullagh was going into the unknown against Ramos.
Ramos who actually beat fellow tournament competitor Razaq Najib in his last fight, provided those in attendance with an entertaining start to the fight, beating Dickens to the punch at times.
However in the final stages of round 4 Dickens scored a vital knockdown, taking the sting out of Ramos’ work ethic for the rest of the contest.
Dickens went on to dominate the rest of the fight, being awarded scores of 97 – 92 x2 & 99-91.
Ryan Walsh (24-2-2) vs Hairon Socarras (22-0-3) – Featherweight – Golden Contract Quarter Final
Current British champ Ryan Walsh came up against unbeaten Cuban Hairon Socarras in a fight that many were tipping Walsh to become unstuck in.
Strongly rumored to fight US prospect, Shakur Stevenson, earlier this year, Walsh arguably had the toughest quarter final contest available.
After 4 competitive rounds, Walsh connected with a huge hook, stunning Socarras who only stayed on his feet due to the ropes. Similar to the Dickens fight, the contest changed after the knockdown with Walsh growing stronger as the fight continued.
Having fought 36 rounds in his last 3 fights compared to the 14 that Socarras has ventured through, Walsh showed his endurance in the 2nd half of the fight, roughing the Cuban up on a regular basis.