Danny Dignum topped a truly sensational #MTKFightNight by stopping Conrad Cummings to become WBO European middleweight champion.
The Essex star halted his visitor in the fifth to move 12-0, 6 KOs and make a massive statement on a night that also saw MTK Global team-mates Michael McKinson, Liam Walsh and Chantelle Cameron record thrilling victories.
McKinson dropped and outclassed WBO world No. 6 Luis Alberto Veron, Walsh regained the WBO European lightweight crown in a high-class encounter with Maxi Hughes and Cameron blasted to WBC world super-lightweight title mandatory challenger status against Anahi Ester Sanchez.
Daniel Egbunike lit up the undercard by outpointing the previously-unbeaten Billy Allington for the Southern Area super-lightweight strap and there were also wins for Dan Azeez, George Fox, Frank Arnold, Jack Martin, Aaron Prospere, Liam Wells and Alex Bellingham on a stacked night of boxing.
Here’s all you need to know…
DANNY DIGNUM bt CONRAD CUMMINGS TKO5
WBO European middleweight title
Dignum: “Full credit to Conrad. He was gentlemanly leading up to the fight and I wish him all the best. I’m pleased with my performance and it’s onwards and upwards.
“I’ll let other people decide what kind of statement I’ve made. I’m never going to be the guy who blows my own trumpet, calls people out or runs anyone down. Maybe I’m too nice but inside the ring, I’m not nice!”
MICHAEL McKINSON bt Luis Alberto Veron UD10
McKinson: “We came back against a better opponent and I did what I did. You still haven’t seen the best of me and he was unbeaten. He was a proud man and I took his ‘0’.
“I’m cut from a different cloth to these guys. Who knows where I’ll be next year? I’m still young and I won’t get ahead of myself. I’ve got a great team around me and I’ll keep my head down. Everyone will know who Michael McKinson is – WORLDWIDE.”
CHANTELLE CAMERON bt Anahi Ester Sanchez UD10
Cameron: “She was really tough but that’s why she’s a three-time world champion. I just mixed it with a three-time world champion!
“Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis kept telling me to box and it’s hard to get used to because naturally, I just want to hit them!”
LIAM WALSH bt Maxi Hughes UD10
WBO European lightweight title
Walsh: “It’s lovely and I think that gets me a top 15 ranking if I’m correct. I’m happy with that and I’m going in the right direction.
“I respect Maxi and he’s underrated. He has a smart team around him and they know what they’re doing. I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. I want the biggest and best fights available.”
DANIEL EGBUNIKE bt Billy Allington PTS10
Southern Area super-lightweight title
Egbunike: “The date today is strap season! Forget what it feels like – big thanks to my coaches. Thanks to Kevin Lilley, who put in work with me.
“I said I was going to be a champion. It’s my day today and my coach should get some real recognition. Thank you everyone for the sport. Where’s my pizza at?!”
DAN AZEEZ bt EDGARS SNIEDZE TKO5
Azeez: “It was good and good to get the rounds under my belt. MTK Global managed to get me out and that’s what I love.
“I’m looking to be out again in another four weeks. I’m on the right path, racking up wins and now we’re trying to collect more belts. We’re doing our thing.”
GEORGE FOX bt ARTUR KUBIAK PTS4
Fox: “I’m a boxer and I like to break people down. I like to break people down. That was a live opponent who’s never been stopped.
“I always want to do more because I’m a perfectionist. I’m happy to get the win and onwards we go.”
JACK MARTIN bt ZYGIMANTAS BUTKEVICIUS PTS4
Martin: “I enjoyed the atmosphere and fighting at York Hall. I boxed well in the first two rounds but then I tried to force it a bit.
“All in all, I’m happy I got the win.”
LIAM WELLS bt Ohio Kain Iremiren PTS6
Wells: “It felt so natural turning up here. I felt myself. I was the most nervous I’ve ever been but I was enjoying the fear.
“I’ve worked so hard for these moments so I’m glad it paid off tonight. I’m back now.”
AARON PROSPERE bt Stuart Greener PTS4
Prospere: “It felt great to get a couple of knockdowns and it was a good performance.
“I’m sure my coaches will have some criticisms so we’ll go back, watch it and see how I can improve.”
Frank Arnold bt Jose Aguilar PTS6
#MTKFightNight returns with a double-header next week as huge shows capture the imagination of Liverpool and Glasgow in successive days.