Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hughes Defeats Carroll

 Lightweight Maxi Hughes scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Jono Carroll on Wednesday night in the Production Park Studios in Kirkby, England. In what was a competitive fight from the outset, Hughes consistently landed the harder punches of the two fights. Despite Carroll appearing to outwork Hughes throughput most of the fight, Hughes’ more eye-catching punches and seeming to get the better of exchanges was enough to earn the nod from the three official judges, who scored the fight unanimously in his favor. Official scores were 96-95 (On two scorecards), and 97-93 for Maxi Hughes. Maxi Hughes advances to 21-5-2, with 5 Knockouts. Jono Carroll falls to 18-2-1, with 4 Knockouts.


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In the first of three Jr. Welterweight bouts on the card, rising prospect Pierce O’Leary scored a fourth round knockout over previously undefeated Jacob Quinn. A near relentless body attack from O’ Leary broke Quinn down over four mostly one-sided rounds. O’ Leary dropped Quinn with a left hook to the head before the fight was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was :21 of round four. Pierce O’Leary advances to 5-0, with 2 Knockouts. Jacob Quinn falls to 4-1, with 0 Knockouts.


Undefeated prospect Craig Macintyre scored a fifth round stoppage of Ishmael Ellis. Official time of the stoppage was 2:49 of round five. Craig Macintyre advances to 12-0-1, with 5 Knockouts. Ishmael Ellis falls to 11-3, with 0 Knockouts.


Finally, unbeaten prospect Sean McComb scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Siar Ozgul. McComb suffered a cut over the right eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads in round three, but he used his reach, lateral movement, and overall skill set to out box Ozgul over the course of the fight. Official scores were: 97-93 (On Two scorecards), and 99-92. Sean McComb advances to 11-0, with 5 Knockouts. Siar Ozgul falls to 15-5, with 3 Knockouts.



In a battle of undefeated Welterweights, Sahir Iqbal scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Maredudd Thomas. Iqbal appeared to get the upper hand in several of the rounds in what was a competitive bout due to his elusive style. Iqbal had to withstand a late rally from Thomas in the latter rounds, but it was not enough to earn the nod of the three official judges. Official scores were 78-74, 78-75, and 77-76 all in favor of Iqbal. Sahir Iqbal advances to 8-0, with 1 Knockout. Maredudd Thomas falls to 11-1, with 2 Knockouts.


This card, which was the first for the MTK Global group of promoters since the global COVID-19 epidemic began earlier this year offered a similar look and approach to closed-door events that has been adopted by several promoters around the world. While COVID-19 remains a global crisis, it will be interesting to see if MTK Global attempts to stage a rematch between Hughes and Carroll in the near future providing the sport can continue to remain active under the circumstances of COVID-19. 


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