All the action LIVE from Eggington vs Theophane
Hennessy Sports presents live boxing on Channel 5 on Friday, December 11.
Headliners Sam Eggington and Ashley Theophane clash in a 10-round super-welterweight contest.
Theophane was tucked up in the backfoot not offering a great deal in the first round as Eggington came out strong and aggressive.
Sustained pressure from Eggington in round two, mixing it to the body well. The bell sounded to save 'Treasure' from a knockdown - 10-8 round for Sam.
Theophane is tucked up defensively but holding his feet and staying on the ropes for too long.
In round four, the Londoner lands a lovely left hook at the end of a four-five punch combo.
Theophane landed a lot of punches in the start of the fifth, but with little damage to his bigger opponent. When Sam strikes, it has a far bigger impact. Eggington's right hands looked and sounded hurtful, but Ashley was still there absorbing the damage.
Eggington landed a sickening right hook to the body in round six that downed Theophane and although he beat the count, referee John Latham had seen enough and called an end to the contest.
The fight served as target practice for the Brummie, who hopes to return to world title contention. Theophane soaked up a lot of the damage through his tight guard and years of experience but he was hunted down from the very first bell and it was just one way traffic.
Once-beaten Kaisee Benjamin and journeyman-turned-champion Ben Fields met in a clash of styles for the Midlands welterweight crown.
Benjamin employed skillful switch-hitting whilst Fields’ looked to get in close and land big shots. A compelling contested ensued as back-foot boxing met come-forward aggression.
At times, Fields pushed his luck with the use of his head before an uppercut badly wobbled Fields in the seventh, and the fight looked almost over. He recovered well and even had success afterward. Nevertheless, Benjamin correctly prevailed via a 97-95 scorecard, and the Birmingham man secured another successful Midlands title defence to complete the hattrick. An English title shot may well loom next.
Aaron McKenna beat Jordan Grannum in the second round of their clash on Channel 5. 'The Silencer' landed with a devastating body shot in the final seconds of the second round. Londoner Grannum bravely rose and survived the round. Grannum then retired injured in his corner as the young Irishman, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and making his UK debut, continues his blistering rise through the ranks.
To celebrate signing with Hennessy Sports, Stephen McKenna scored his sixth consecutive stoppage win as a pro. The standout amateur swung relentlessly with lefts and rights whilst neglecting his jab for the first couple of rounds. MJ Hall began to unravel under the intense pressure when a succession of big right hands in the fourth-round bloodied his nose. Hall was saved from unnecessary punishment in the fifth-round when the contest was halted, despite his protests.
Idris Virgo remained unbeaten with an easy four-round shutout points win over 200+ fight veteran Kevin McCauley. The 2018 Love Island contestant looks to be finding his punch power as he grows into his boxing career with a left hook, in particular, shaking McCauley to his boots in the second-round. The ‘Bodybreaker,’ unsurprisingly, worked the body with regularity. We’ll see just how good the newly-signed Hennessy Sports fighter really is when he steps up his competition.
Michael Hennessy Jr., son of promoter Mick Hennessy, earned his fifth win as a pro, boxing beautifully with his educated jab. He began to land more body shots and uppercuts as the fight headed towards the six-round distance. He did everything apart from stop the spirited and bloodied Dale Arrowsmith en route to a 60-54 points victory.
Debuting heavyweight Tommy Welch, son of former British heavyweight champ Scott Welch, began his professional career with a win over Matt Gordon. The son of former British heavyweight champion Scott Welch scored a second-round TKO as referee Ian-John Lewis, somewhat surprisingly, stopped the contest with Gordon still on his feet.