Isaac Chamberlain took emphatic victory tonight with a first round knockout. Chamberlain stunned the boxing world with the speed of the victory and firmly returned himself to the very top of the domestic Cruiserweight conversation.
Chamberlain started the fight a little scrappy, getting tangled with his opponent on multiple occasions, but very quickly adapted and started landing clean shots. Prasovic was fast overwhelmed and looked significantly out of his depth, arguably more out of his depth than he looked against Lawrence Okolie a few months ago.
Chamberlain sits calm before the storm | Hennessy Sports
Chamberlain understandably came into this fight a heavy favourite after Prasovic’s recent decimation at the hands of, former Chamberlain opponent, Lawrence Okolie. Chamberlain’s promotional team said this fight could be the stepping stone to a title fight in 2022, although with Chamberlain’s previous levels of inactivity; this could prove relatively unlikely. A final eliminator in the next 12 months seems more likely.
Chamberlain came into this fight on a run of 3 stoppages, although the first of those 3 was in August 2020, while his fight before that was in October 2018, so he’s certainly been plagued with inactivity despite a hugely exciting run in the first few fights of his career that saw him gain significant profile that culminated in the main event of a show on Sky Sports against Lawrence Okolie. Chamberlain came into this fight perhaps needing to get some good rounds under his belt, but wasn’t able to do so with a win so rapid.
Where Chamberlain goes next is unclear, but with this fight being for the IBF International Cruiserweight Championship, the Number 1 contender spot being blank for that particular sanctioning body, and potentially money-spinning domestic opponents like Tommy McCarthy and Chris Billam-Smith being highly ranked with the IBF; it seems that an attempt to climb those rankings to achieve mandatory status for current IBF Cruiserweight Champion Mairis Briedis seems a potential path that could bare serious fruit for Isaac Chamberlain.
Chamberlain goes hard to the body | Hennessy Sports
Young prospect Alfie Clegg kicked off the undercard with a slightly fortunate victory after a much more technically impressive performance than his opponent, but pure forward momentum lead his opponent to knock Clegg down with a flush right hand at the end of the first round. Clegg grew as the fight went on and got better in each round, perhaps nearing a stoppage in the 4th and final round.
Heavyweight Naylor Ball scored 3 knockdowns in under 2 minutes on his way to a first-round knockout victory in a fight that could be described as not the best display of boxing skill ever.
Love Island’s Idris Virgo took significant punishment on the way to a 7th round stoppage victory in a fight he was expected to win much more comfortably. Virgo managed to score a knockdown in the 3rd round, but went in for the finish recklessly and squandered his chance to get his opponent out of there easily. Instead he had to go to war for 4 more rounds with an opponent who landed plenty on Birmingham’s ‘bodybreaker’.
Virgo had serious success throughout the fight with his left hand, both as a jab and a left hook, but he didn’t use it as much as he should have, often loading up huge lead-right hands that had no chance of landing flush. Virgo walks away from this with a stoppage victory, but for someone mentioning the names of top domestic fighters between 160-168lbs like Nathan Heaney and Bradley Rea; he didn’t put on a performance worthy of a calibre of opponent like that.
Idris Virgo lands flush and sits Trenado down | Channel 5