In a battle for the vacant Commonwealth Lightweight championship Gavin Gwynne scored a seventh round stoppage over previously unbeaten Sean McComb on Friday night at the Whites Hotel in Bolton, England. What was a fight fought at a very high pace from the outset, the two fighters engaged in near non-stop combat. Gwynne had the most success in being able to force McComb to fight on the inside and never really allowed him much space to get breathing room between himself and Gwynne.
A rarity for the sport of Boxing occurred in round five when Gwynne was hit with an accidental elbow as he bent down to avoid one of McComb’s punches, which opened a deep gash on the back of Gwynne’s head that subsequently resulted in a stream of blood going directly down Gwynne’s back. Despite the wound, Gwynne continued to pressure McComb and by round six was starting to get the better of the action. The constant pace of the fight eventually wore McComb down and late in round seven perhaps out of fatigue, McComb turned his back as Gwynne pressed forward resulting in Referee Steve Gray stopping the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 2:07 of round seven. Gavin Gwynne advances to 13-2, with 3 Knockouts. Sean McComb falls to 11-1, with 5 Knockouts.
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A bout for the vacant English Welterweight title saw Samuel Antwi score a sixth round stoppage of Darren Tetley. Antwi used an unorthodox style to throw punches at odd angles from the outset. The awkwardness of Antwi’s style created openings, which led to a knockdown of Tetley with a knockdown in round one with a right hook to the body. Antwi continued to throw shots at odd angles as the fight progressed that kept Tetley on the defensive. Late in round six, Antwi dropped Tetley for a second time with another body shot. Tetley did get up from the knockdown and the fight was allowed to continue. Seconds later, Antwi connected with a flush right hand to the head that convinced Referee Michael Alexander to stop the fight with three seconds remaining in the round. Official time of the stoppage was 2:57 of round six. Samuel Antwi advances to 13-1, with 6 Knockouts. Darren Tetley falls to 20-2, with 9 Knockouts.
In a battle for the British regional Southern Area Jr. Lightweight title Daniel Carr remained unbeaten by scoring a ten round decision over previously unbeaten Dean Dodge to retain his title. Carr dictated the pace early using lateral movement and combination punching to carry momentum in the first half of the fight. As the fight progressed however, Dodge was able to have periodic moments landing hard hooks with both hands to the head of Carr. Although Dodge seemed to have an edge in terms of punching power, he was unable to sustain momentum and this allowed Carr to get a second wind and regain control of the fight down the stretch to earn the decision victory. Referee Howard Foster scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Carr. Daniel Carr advances to 12-0-1, with 4 Knockouts. Dean Dodge falls to 9-1-1, with 3 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Welterweight Pierce O'Leary outworked veteran Irvin Magno to earn a six round decision. As all non-title bouts that do not have an impact on regional or world rankings in the United Kingdom are scored by the Referee officiating a bout, Referee Steve Gray scored the fight 59-55 in O'Leary’s favor. Pierce O'Leary advances to 6-0, with 2 Knockouts. Irvin Magno falls to 5-4-1, with 1 Knockout.
Rising Welterweight prospect Paddy Donovan remained unbeaten by scoring a fourth round stoppage of veteran Siar Ozgul. Donovan used his size and strength advantage to dictate the combat from the opening bell, controlling distance and using his reach to batter Ozgul with a variety of offense. Gradually an accumulation of punishment from Donovan’s hooks, uppercuts, and right hands caused a bloody nose on Ozgul and after four relatively one-sided rounds, Ozgul’s corner stopped the fight after four rounds to prevent their fighter from further punishment. Paddy Donovan advances to 6-0, with 4 Knockouts. Siar Ozgul falls to 15-6, with 3 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Lightweight prospect Mark McKeown scored a devastating second round knockout over previously unbeaten Brad Daws. Both fighters exchanged heavy shots in the opening round with neither really being able to gain an advantage. This changed quickly in round two when McKeown connected with two jabs followed by an overhand right that sent Daws down hard on the canvas. Daws was able to get to his feet, but McKeown would not let him off the hook, pressing forward and dropping Daws with another right hand. Referee Steve Gray waved the count and immediately stopped the fight. Official time of the stoppage was :14 of round two. Mark McKeown advances to 4-0, with 2 Knockouts. Brad Daws falls to 6-1, with 2 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Welterweight Elliot Whale scored a six round decision over previously unbeaten Jamie Stewart. Referee Howard Foster scored the bout 59-55 in Whale’s favor. Elliot Whale advances to 4-0, with 1 Knockout. Jamie Stewart falls to 2-0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
Middleweight Mohammed Sameer began the evening by scoring the second win of his career in winning a four round decision over Kearon Thomas. Referee Steve Gray scored the bout 40-36 in Sameer’s favor. Mohammed Sameer advances to 2-0, with 1 Knockout. Kearon Thomas falls to 1-10-1, with 1 Knockout.
This card, which was promoted by MTK Global provided a look at several prospects at varying stages of their respective careers while also showing a bit of the structure that many fighters on the British/United Kingdom Boxing scene go through as they hope to enter the British championship rankings before settling their sights on potential European championship challenges and world championship contention. Although the world as a whole is still very much dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 global epidemic, this card along with several others that have been staged in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, continues to show progress and hopefully, will continue to restore opportunities for fighters on all levels of the sport that were halted due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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