Sam Eggington vs Przemyslaw Zysk results
Photo credit to Lawrence Lustig / BOXXER
All the live results from BOXXER BREAKTHROUGH at the Coventry SkyDome Arena, live on Sky Sports, can be found below.
The card is packed with powerful young guns and rising stars of the sport, with Adam Azim, Karriss Artingstall and Dylan Cheema all looking on peak form and aiming to score big wins which will raise their profiles even further.
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12 x 3 mins Vacant IBO Super-Welterweight World Championship
SAM EGGINGTON v PRZEMYSLAW ZYSK
The first round must have been a huge relief for Sam's fans who may have been nervous about this fight because of Zysk's impressive unbeaten record, but in reality he looks nothing more than a decent journeyman.
In the second round, Zysk was bleeding from his nose, due to having his chin in the air the whole time. He is a stand up tall boxer who doesn't move his upper trunk at all and is constantly getting tagged.
'Savage' is turning up the pressure and landing at will. He is in cruise control so much that he is able to wait for Zysk to throw his cumbersome shots to slip so easily and throw a left to the body. He has done this a number of times, slipping and landing at ease.
On paper, they are well matched, but in reality, it's not even a contest. From round four though, Eggington takes his foot off the gas slightly which allows Zysk some respite and even a chance to come back a bit. A short right uppercut from close range followed up with a left to the body visibly hurt Zysk in this round.
The unbeaten Pole is managing to land a few jabs but he can't counter Eggington because he is just way too slow. How he has made it to the halfway mark is quite unbelievable.
Growing in confidence, Zysk unloads a volley of one-twos at the start of the seventh. They were clean shots and very hard too. His technique is not great, he is so robotic and rigid, but he is game. He takes a big right from Sam on the two-minute mark but just carries on regardless.
Despite his limitations, Zysk is earning respect here for still standing in round eight. After the first two rounds, it was obvious the fight would not go on for much longer, but here we are. He is even having success of his own. He is so durable and stubborn. A short jab to the body followed with a left hook up to top was a neat combo from Eggington. Zysk lands a backhand uppercut which is evidence of his growing confidence and ends the round on the front foot. Trainer Jon Pegg instructs Sam to utilise his double jab and to up his head movement.
Zysk corners Eggington and throws another right uppercut from afar. He is down on the cards so needs to finish aggressively. He then lands a series of one-twos and looks like the better fighter for the first time. Good round for Zysk. Very competitive, down on the cards but could there be a glimmer of hope for Polishman? Eggington's eyes are looking significantly marked up now.
The first few rounds looked like a mismatch but these championship rounds have been very even. Eggington is having success with the left hook in this 11th round, but Zysk just keeps on coming. Sam lands a low blow, Zysk complains about it and stops boxing but Eggington carries on and lands a left hook completey free and unguarded, and the tough European takes it fluch without so much of a flinch! It was quite incredible to witness! It was literally a free shot and the tough Pole didn't move an inch. Sam's alias is 'Savage', but Zysk's nickname should be 'Superman'.
After those first two rounds, no-one would have believed this fight would go the distance but here we are. Sam is clearly miles ahead on the cards and this fight is foregone conclusion, but kudos to Zysk for being one of the toughest opponents we have ever seen on these shores. Sam is marked up under his eyes but Zysk looks as fresh after round 12 as he looked before round one.
Scores of 119-109, 119-109, 117-111 saw Sam Eggington become the new IBO World super-welterweight champion. The only other world champion at this weight is Jermell Charlo, who just became undisputed in May. The IBO belt isn't recognised by everyone, which is why Charlo is undisputed without it, but recent champions of this title include Erislandy Lara, Julian Williams and Jarrett Hurd, and older holders include Sergio Martinez, so it is a prestigious belt to own and the newest beltholder is held in very esteemed company. The last Brit to hold this very title was Steve Conway in 2006, so it's been 16 years since this title has been home.
10 x 3 mins Vacant WBC Youth Inter-Continental Super-Lightweight Championship 10st
ADAM AZIM v ANTHONY LOFFET
Adam Azim made short work of Anthony Loffet with a TKO in the very first round.
Sharp as a razor, Azim scored a knockdown within the first 30 seconds then finished the fight at just over a minute in. Loffet's corner threw in the towell while their man was still standing.
10 x 3 mins Vacant English Middleweight Championship
RIVER WILSON-BENT v TYLER DENNY
Tyler Denny wins the English middleweight championship on a split decision with scores of 97-93, 96-93, 94-96.
You could tell it was a grudge match as tempers spilled over a few times during the bout.
The local fighter, River from Coventry, had a point deducted in round seven for holding.
Denny toyed with the idea of walking away from boxing but his determination has finally paid off and he gets to take home the lovely English title finally, after his third crack at the crown, which includes a loss, a draw, and now finally a win.
8 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
CORI GIBBS v CARLOS PEREZ
Gibbs moved up to 17-0 with a 79-73 points win.
After the fight, Cori said it wasn't his best performance but his opponent was very tricky.
4 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
DYLAN CHEEMA v STU GREENER
Cheema secured a 39-37 points win over Stu Greener to move up to 6-0.
6 x 2 mins Featherweight Contest
KARRISS ARTINGSTALL v VAIDA MASIOKAITE
Olympian Karriss Artingshall won every round of her debut at 60-54.
8/10 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight Contest
KAISEE BENJAMIN v CARLOS DANIEL CORDOBA
Local lad Benjamin won 60-55 on points.
6 x 3 Super-Welterweight Contest
SHAKIEL THOMPSON v BARTOSZ GLOWACKI
Sheffield's Shaka remained unbeaten with a shutout points victory over six rounds.
6 x 3 Cruiserweight Contest
SCOTT FORREST v TONI VISIC
Cruiser Forrest made it two KOs from two fights with a fourth round TKO over Croatia's Tony Visic.
6/8 x 3 Middleweight Contest
AARON McKENNA v DAVID BENITEZ
Irishman Aaron McKenna secured his first knockout since 2020, stopping winning fighter Benitez in round seven of eight.