Liam Davies vs Jason Cunningham fight night results
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Four championship bouts are on the line tonight in Telford when Liam Davies takes on Jason Cunningham in the main event at the Telford International Centre, live on TNT Sports.
All the results from fight night below:
4×3 Heavyweight Contest
Boma Brown vs Jake Darnell
Undefeated heavyweight Boma Brown moved up to 2-0 to open the show in style.
The Londoner known as “Bomber” stopped Jake Darnell after two rounds of complete domination. Darnell's corner team threw in the towel after round two to end the one-sided beatdown.
In round one, Boma made a very strong start behind a hard jab and a fast right hand, and was also working well to the body with left hooks. The heavyweight from Watford was supremely confident and it showed.
In the second stanza, he continued the domination but increased his output further causing some heavy facial damage to his opponent with big left and right hooks. Darnell looked very wobbly walking back to his corner, so his team decided he had taken enough punishment for one night.
Brown said post-fight, “I’m just made up with the win, made up to get the stoppage as well. I know he hasn’t been stopped much in his recent fights so, yeah, I’m just glad to get the stoppage.
“I’m just hoping to keep busy, hopefully get another one or two more this year, I’m keen to move on up.”
Trainer Paul Stevenson was delighted with his heavyweight charge’s performance, “We’re very pleased with Boma, as Darnell hardly ever gets stopped, and we were glad to see big improvements in his boxing.”
6×3 Super-Lightweight Contest
Ben Fail vs Serge Ambomo
Ben Fail trapped Ambomo in his home corner and unleashed a barrage of unanswered hooks. There was a lovely right body shot with plenty of whip, then a right hook-left hook head combo to end matters decisively.
Ben moves up to 4-0 with a third consecutive stoppage victory.
8×3 International Welterweight Contest
Owen Cooper vs Robin Zamora
Owen Cooper gets the better of Robin Zamora on points in an all-action eight-rounder to move up to 9-0. Both fighters gave their all in a thrilling contest scored 78-74 by referee Chris Dean to Worcester's Cooper, an undefeated former Midlands Area champion.
4×3 International Super-Welterweight Contest
Jim Smith vs Lukasz Barabasz
Derbyshire's Jimmy Smith comes through a tough test to beat Lukasz Barabasz, taking his record to 2-0. The Polish opponent had beaten a 3-0 opponent on the road in Germany in his last bout, so it was solid win for southpaw Smith.
10×3 WBO European Welterweight Championship
Eithan James vs James Moorcroft
Both men are straight on the offensive, trying to establish the jab. James is switching between orthodox and southpaw, which is making life difficult for Moorcroft. He slips a few right hands and lands a couple of straight lefts, which gives him a shot of confidence. He lets his hands go more towards the end of the round and lands some big shots. First round to 'Jammy'.
Moorcroft walks straight forward onto a couple of shots. It’s one-way traffic so far. Northampton's James sneaks a couple of shots through the Wigan warrior's guard, who is already looking a little weary. To his credit, Moorcroft keeps coming forward but can’t find a home for any of his shots. James had the better of the action once again – 2-0.
James is starting to put together combinations now that Moorcroft’s offence has been breached. Moorcroft aims a few shots to the body and tries to rough his opponent up. It’s definitely a better tactic but James still manages to clip him with a sharp left and a stiff right at the bell. A closer round due to Moorcroft adapting.
Two jabs set up a good right hand for James to start the round. He continues to pick off Moorcroft at will. Moorcroft fires back halfway through the round, feinting before landing a right that knocks James back a step. Moorcroft has a couple of chances to land a big shot with James’ left hand low but he fails to take them. Another close round that James likely shades.
It feels like the finish is nearing. The start of the round is highly competitive, with Moorcroft landing some good shots. But back comes unbeaten James, who finishes the round strong, stunning his opponent with some big shots.
James slips a right and lands a sweeping counter-hook – nicely donw. Moorcroft tries to close the gap and slips in a nice uppercut, but James responds with a stiff jab. James’ movement is still superb even though we are more than halfway through the contest. A wild exchange is halted by the bell. A close round but it's hard to imagine James isn't dominating on the scorecards.
Moorcroft comes forward but it’s in hope rather than anything else. He swings but fails to find the elusive target in front of him. He needs to get in closer, which he does midway through the round and lands a couple of nice body shots. After the break, Moorcroft lands a nice right but absorbs an even better uppercut at the same time. James lands some nice jabs to see out another round.
James' team urges him to stay on the front foot, which he does, landing a jab right on the bell. That’s bettered by a brilliant right at the end of a one-two. Moorcroft retaliates with a good uppercut but fails to back it up with anything. Perhaps sensing defeat is imminent, Moorcroft marches forward for the last minute and backs James into the corner momentarily but he fails to do any damage.
Two to go and it’s desperate times for Moorcroft. But he lands a huge right that looks like it rocked young James. The crowd sense an upset but James recovers quickly and lands a couple of stalling lefts. We get the kind of close exchanges that Moorcroft needs to end the round and he lands another good uppercut as James starts to look tired.
It's tha last round and Moorcroft has nothing to lose and lands a couple nice shots early but James hits back with a lovely snap left. He just has to keep his man at distance for a couple minutes more. Moorcroft does find success with an overhand right, but James takes it well. Eithan then puts a nice combination together before Moorcroft applies some pressure and backs James onto the ropes. He rips in some body shots, but he needs more than that. The pair go down swinging and show respect when the bell rings to end a brilliant fight. We go to the judges’ scorecards but there should be no surprises here.
Queensberry Promotions described it as an almost faultless display from their new WBO European welterweight champion, Eithan James.
Promoter Frank Warren praised his newest champion, "Dominant performance there from Eithan, some good future fights defending his new belt possible now."
6×3 Super-Lightweight Contest
Amaar Akbar vs Georgi Velichkov
23-year-old Batley boxer Amaar 'The Prodigy' Akbar finishes Georgi Velichkov in the opening round to move to 5-0. Two right hooks in close range downed Georgi, who received the blows when stuck an awkward angle, then a left hook around the ear put him down again and out this time.
It's an impressive win considering the Bulgarian has only been stopped once before over 20 bouts. Nicknamed 'Baby Face', Velichkov took Eithan James the full six rounds in the Brit's last fight in April.
6×3 International Heavyweight Contest
Moses Itauma vs Kevin Nicolas Espindola
Heavyweight hopeful Itauma secured a six-round points win, scored 60-54.
Main Event 10pm
12×3 European, British, WBC & WBO International Super Bantamweight titles
Liam Davies vs Jason Cunningham
Hometown hero Liam Davies immediately claims the centre of the ring and throws a big right. He backs his opponent into the corner and lands a clean one-two, which Cunningham definitely felt. The Iceman looks a little nervy and is hit with a monster right hand that has him stunned. Davies closes in on the finish and lands a big left hook, then he unloads a flurry of punches that forces referee Victor Loughlin to step in and stop the fight. Cunningham didn't throw anything back so he can't have any complaints. All over in round one! No one was expecting that!
Promoter Frank Warren was clearly impressed at ringside, "Liam is something special. That was incredible! Who knows how far he can go!"
"This isn't enough, I want to bring a world title to Telford," enthused the elated winner, Liam Davies.
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