Tommy Barber – London
A heavyweight clash between two domestic big men ended in disappointing fashion as an accidental clash of heads and a close technical decision separated the winner, Sam Sexton, from Larry Olubamiwo at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Friday, January 13. Olubamiwo possessed the harder jab in the five rounds it lasted, yet Sexton – who ended up sporting a mask of blood – showed greater movement and activity.
Official verdict: Sexton wins a 49-48 referee’s decision.
The heavyweight contest of the evening was a crossroads contest for both fighters as Olubamiwo was coming off the back of an emphatic first round knockout defeat to John McDermott, while Sexton had fought just once since a stoppage loss to Dereck Chisora, who was ringside.
A clean shot in the opening round awoke Sexton enough to attempt a hard-punching flurry in order to test Olubamiwo’s chin early, however, the heavy-hitting Hackney man shrugged off the onslaught as if none of the punches had troubled him. The 34-year-old, dubbed the War Machine, showed an appreciation for the jab, but his lead shot was not a measuring punch… it had pop to it, and each one pushed into Sexton’s mouth and nose.
Sexton returned to his flurrying tactic in round three, roughing up Olubamiwo and attempting to bully the bigger man (6’4) by two inches. When Olubamiwo attempted to get into range and fired, Sexton kept his lead forward forward, leaned back and covered up – a tight defensive posture.
A cracking of two skulls midway through round four caused an angry cut to piss out of a brace of lacerations, to the side of the eyebrow and top of the head and, when the claret was wiped clean with a towel, Olubamiwo aggressively targeted the cuts. Despite Sexton’s corner working the cuts prior to the commencement of round five, it was work made in vein because as soon as Larry’s leather lashed down onto the wounds, blood began free-flowing.
The cuts were so bad, that the referee called a halt to the contest and, according to BBBoC ruling and as the fight had gone past the fourth round stage, the bout went to the scorecard and the referee judged a 49-48 win for Sexton.
“I definitely [could have gone on],” Sexton – who rose to 15-2-0, 6ko – said to Box Nation. “I was getting warmed up and starting to get my shots going. The blood was trickling in my eye a little but I felt good, I was just getting my groove on.”
Dropping to 10-3-0, 9ko, Olubamiwo immediately called for a rematch, stating: “We’ve got unfinished business. You can’t conclude a fight like that!”
J.G Barrington – New York
WBA Super World Middleweight title: Felix Sturm – 7th Rd TKO – Ronald Hearns
Notes – German 160lb boxer Sturm succeeded in his 9th successive title defence over son of ring legend Thomas Hearns; Ronald. Sturm began to take control of the fight in the fifth, working a strong jab before sending Hearns down ‘queer street’ in the 7th. Referee Raul Caiz stepped in to save Hearns from further punishment.
IBF World Welterweight title: Jan Zaveck – 5th Rd KO – Paul Delgado
Notes – Zaveck holds on to the belt he won in 2009 due to a 5th round stoppage. Delgado was canvas’d twice in the 2nd round. Kermit Cintron, who has moved down to the Welterweight limit, could be a future opponent for Zaveck.
WBC/WBO World Bantamweight title: Nonito Donaire – 2nd Rd TKO – Fernando Montiel
Notes – In an early contender for Knockout Of 2011, Donaire stopped Montiel in the second with a crushing left hand. Donaire looked the better of the two in the first before ending the bout after a total of just 5 minutes to take two titles away from the waist of the Mexican. Montiel, to his credit, managed to get to his feet before the ten count, but the referee should have perhaps waved the fight off before the eventual teekayo when it became apparent Montiel could not defend himself.
British Welterweight title: Craig Watson – UD – John O’Donnell [117-112, 116-112, 116-113]
Notes – Watson gains the Lonsdale belt after exacting a unanimous decision revenge for a split decision loss in 2009.
British Light Welterweight title: Ashley Theophane – UD – Lenny Daws [115-111, 115-111, 115-112]
Notes – In a somewhat surprising result, Daws loses his British title to Theophane. Daws looked the stronger in the first half of the fight but was knocked down and lost superiority to Theophane who finished very well.
WBC International Silver Welterweight title: Victor Puiu – UD – Junior Witter [97-91, 96-93, 95-94]
Notes – Former WBC World Light Welterweight champion Junior Witter’s comeback to the fight game was spoiled by Victor Puiu. The latter won convincingly.
Heavyweight: Tyson Fury – 5th Rd KO – Marcelo Nascimento
Notes – Two fighters with perfect records heading into this match but it was the British fighter who emerged victorious with an early knockout victory. Nascimento was also down in the first. Fury, who weighed in at 261lbs, was the lightest he had been for one year.
Heavyweight: John McDermott – 1st Rd TKO – Larry Olubamiwo
Notes – ‘Big Bad’ John lived up to his name as he completely dominated Olubamiwo in an over-matched encounter in east London.
Welterweight: Mike Jones – UD – Jesus Soto Karass
Notes – Philadelphian Jones produced a maturer performance during his second fight with Soto Karass. Jones boxed cleverly, leaving Soto Karass bleeding profusely.
Light Welterweight: Frankie Gavin – 7th Rd TKO – Michael Lomax
Notes – ‘Fun time’ Frankie outclassed Lomax from the opening bell to the referee’s stoppage.
WBA/WBC Light Welterweight title: Monica Acosta – UD – Alejandra Oliveras [96-94, 96-94, 96-94]
Notes – Acosta keeps the WBC title she won almost two years ago, while adding the vacant WBA strap to her honours.
IBF Female Bantamweight title: Susie Ramadan – UD – Terri Lynn Cruz [99-91, 99-91, 99-91]
Notes – Ramadan produced a dominant display in Australia.