by Eliot Stott
Hennessy Sports returned to terrestrial TV on a busy weekend for British Boxing on Saturday night.
Taking over York Hall for the night, an array of young British talent were given their chance to shine in front of a strong audience as two title fights taking place.
Alex Dilmaghani vs Francisco Fonseca – Super Featherweight – Vacant IBO World Super Featherweight Title
Refreshingly, the main event of the evening held the main event status quite easily in reality on Saturday night.
In a fight that could have happened in a phone box, Dilmaghani & Fonseca secured a pace throughout the 12 round contest that many would find hard to replicate.
Both producing combinations over and over again, a packed York Hall and those who were watching at home enjoyed a fantastic contest.
After an accidental head clash in round 9, leaving Dilmaghani badly cut, those in the ring couldn’t have been blamed for either a slower pace towards the end of the fight or perhaps a lower rate of quality.
However, despite Dilmaghani looking worse for wear, the fight had a fitting end as both fighters continued to fire their best shots at eachother up until the final bell.
Despite a few voices at ringside believing that Fonseca, had done just enough, the fight was scored a majority draw with Howard Foster scoring the contest 115-114 to Fonseca whilst the other two judges scored it even at 114-114.
John Joe Nevin vs Freddy Fonseca – Vacant WBA International Super Featherweight Title
In what was a less entertaining fight with Fransico’s older brother Freddy taking on accomplished amateur John Joe Nevin who was fighting for his first professional title.
Using his superior boxing ability, Nevin boxed smart for the whole 10 rounds, rarely taking many punches from Fonseca who was on his way to the 5th loss of his career.
Accompanied by experienced trainer Jim McDonnell, Nevin took the victory with scorecards of 99-90 & 97-92 x 2.