Friday, March 12, 2021

Crocker Retains WBO European Championship


Undefeated WBO European Welterweight champion Lewis Crocker scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over former German Welterweight champion Deniz Ilbay on Friday night at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton, England. An entertaining bout from the outset, the two fighters showed a willingness to stand and trade punches early. In round three, 


Crocker nearly ended the fight when he dropped Ilbay with a left hook to the body. Ilbay showed his mettle, was able to survive the round, and rocked Crocker with a right head to the head in the latter stages of the fourth round. Although Crocker was the consistently more active fighter throughout and continued to hurt Ilbay periodically, the former German Welterweight champion fought back immediately whenever he would get stunned by one of Crocker’s power shots. It was those power punches, greater activity, and having a knockdown of his opponent to his credit that allowed Crocker to earn a unanimous decision victory. Official scores were: 99-90, 97-93, and 97-92 in favor of Crocker. Lewis Crocker advances to 13-0, with 7 Knockouts. Deniz Ilbay falls to 22-3, with 10 Knockouts.


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In a battle for the vacant WBO European Lightweight championship undefeated Gary Cully scored a second round knockout over Viktor Kotochigov. A straight left hand to the head from the southpaw Cully dropped Kotochigov who was unable to beat the count. Official time of the stoppage was 2:14 of round two. Gary Cully advances to 12-0, with 6 Knockouts. Viktor Kotochigov falls to 12-2, with 5 Knockouts.


In the Jr. Lightweight division, undefeated former British Feather champion Issac Lowe overcame a cut over the left eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads in round three to earn a hard fought six round decision over Ed Harrison. As all non-title fights in the United Kingdom that do not have an impact on regional or world rankings are scored solely by the referee officiating a bout, Referee Michael Alexander scored the bout 60-55 in favor of Lowe. Issac Lowe advances to 21-0-3, with 6 Knockouts. Ed Harrison falls to 2-6, with 0 Knockouts. 



Jr. Middleweight Carl Fail scored a six round decision over previously unbeaten Jordan Dujon to begin his professional career. Fail was able to control the tempo of the combat from the opening bell and was effective in mixing his offense to the body and head. Although Dujon had success landing counter right hands periodically throughout, ultimately Fail’s better technique and punch placement were enough to earn the decision victory. Referee Robert Williams scored the fight 58-56 in favor of Fail. Carl Fail advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. Jordan Dujon falls to 4-1, with 0 Knockouts.


Undefeated Lightweight Mace Ruegg scored a four round decision over Levi Dunn. Referee Michael Alexander scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Ruegg. Mace Ruegg advances to 4-0, with 0 Knockouts. Levi Dunn falls to 0-3, with 0 Knockouts. 


Middleweight Jordan Reynolds began the evening by pounding out a six round decision over Robbie Chapman to make his professional debut Referee Robert Williams scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Reynolds. Jordan Reynolds advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. Robbie Chapman falls to 6-7, with 0 Knockouts. 


This card, which was promoted by MTK Global provided a look at fighters beginning their careers as well as contenders and fighters battling for the European championship as recognized by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) in two weight classes.While many throughout the sport recognize the European championship governed by the European Boxing Union (EBU) as being the recognized version of the European championship due to its historical significance in the sport, the important factor for fighters like Lewis Crocker and Gary Cully as holders of the WBO version of the European championship, it will allow them an opportunity to potentially find themselves in position to fight for a WBO world championship in their respective weight classes if they can continue to win and retain their positions going forward.


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