At the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK, Friday over ESPN+ and Sky Sports WBO European Featherweight title and WBC International Super Lightweight Titles were fought for over Golden Contract Tournament.
In the Main Event WBO European Featherweight Champion Leigh “Leigh-thal” Wood, 23-2 (13), #125, of Nottinghamshire, UK, lost a highly disputed majority decision and title over 10 rounds to southpaw James “Jazza” Dickens, 29-3 (11), #126, of Liverpool, Mercyside, UK, for the WBO European Featherweight title.
In the first round Dickens chased and had Wood hurt in the final minute holding on. In the third and fourth rounds Wood came back finishing strong. In the fifth round the referee warned Dickens several times about coming in with his head. Wood is out landing Dickens who had swelling under his left eye.
In the sixth round Dickens rushes in but doesn’t land as many clean punches as Woods. In the seventh round the smarter Woods landed half a dozen punches without return in the final seconds of the round with the left eye of Dickens almost closed. In the eighth round Woods rocked Dickens whose face is all marked while Woods doesn’t have a mark on it. Woods landed a pair of right uppercuts to the body of Dickens.
In the ninth round at the halfway point Dickens hurt Wood having him wobbled all over the ring in his best round of the fight. In the tenth and final round it ended with Woods having Dickens hurt from southpaw with a left on the chin and holding on.
Scores were 95-95, 96-94 and 95-94 for Dickens with this writer having it 96-94 for Woods. Wood was unmarked while Dickens face looked all beat up.
Super Lightweight WBC Int’l Champion southpaw Tyrone McKenna, 21-1-1 (6), #139, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, won a disputed close war over southpaw Mohamad “The Problem” Mimoune, 22-4 (3), #139, of Toulouse, FR, retaining the WBC International Super Lightweight title over 10 rounds.
In the first round Mimoune came forward walking into punches from McKenna. In the second round it was a slugfest with the taller southpaw McKenna winning the round from southpaw Mimoune. In the third round when McKenna bent over giving up his height advantage it was a slugfest. Using his reach he got over on Mimoune having his hands high. It was a war!
In the fourth round Mimoune landed over a dozen punches near the end of the first minute without return from McKenna who was against the ropes. After dropping the first three rounds Mimoune got this one. In the fifth and sixth rounds Mimoune seemed to have the edge having McKenna against the ropes for the most part and hitting McKenna on the break and after the bell ending the sixth round.
In the seventh round of an even fight McKenna does well in the middle of the ring but not against the ropes. That was a close round to pick the winner. In the eighth round McKenna suffered a cut on the outside of his right eyebrow and getting outworked by Mimoune.
In the ninth round at the halfway point Mimoune landed a low blow and while being warned landed another punch being a foul. It was give and take in the round. In the tenth and final round McKenna outworked Mimoune until fouled again as Mimoune got a warning for a low blow. McKenna took the round though Mimoune closed the round stronger. Mimoune had a shiner under his right eye at the end.
Scores were 96-94 twice and 97-93 with this writer 95-95.
Featherweight Ryan Walsh, 26-2-2 (12), #125.9, of Cromer, Norfolk, UK, defeated southpaw Tyrone “White Chocolate” McCallagh, 14-1 (6), #125 1/2, of Derry, N. Ireland, over 10 dull rounds with two no punch landed knockdowns.
In the first three rounds Walsh chased McCallagh around the ring but rarely landed a punch while being countered by jabs on the chin and occasional lefts. In the fourth and fifth rounds Walsh continued having problems cutting off the ring while McCallagh landed less than in previous rounds with both exchanging punches in the final seconds of the fifth round.
In the sixth round McCallagh landed a punch and lost his balance going down without being hit while the referee called the slip a knockdown. Walsh landed his best punch of the fight in the final ten seconds a right hook to the chin of McCallagh. In the seventh round Walsh got in several combinations to the chin of McCallagh who did little in return.
In the eighth round Walsh seemed to rally evening the score outlanding McCallagh. In the ninth round Walsh from the southpaw stance landed well with right hooks to the chin scoring a knockdown that looked more like a push down with a minute left in the round. McCallagh ran out of gas. In the tenth and final round Walsh pulled the fight out as McCallagh hardly landed a punch.
Scores were 96-92, 97-91 twice and 96-92 by this writer.
Super Lightweight O’Hara “Two Tanks” Davies, 21-2 (16), of Hackney, London, UK, tko’d Jeffy Ofori, 10-2-1 (3), of Tottenham, London, UK, at 1:06 of the sixth round, of a scheduled 10.
After losing the first four rounds Ofori did well after getting dropped in the third round by Davies hurting him at the end of the fifth round. In the sixth round Davies landed numerous punches without return causing the referee to halt the fight.