At York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK, Top Rank Boxing – Bob Arum and Queensberry Promotions – Frank Warren over ESPN Saturday presented former IBF and WBA super bantam and WBA and WBO World Featherweight champion Ireland’s Carl “The Jackal” Frampton and Ireland’s Michael Conlan in winning their bouts.
In the Main Event former IBF & WBA super bantam and WBA and WBO feather champ lightweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, 28-2 (16), #134 1/2, of Belfast, No. Ireland, stopped late sub Darren “Trayn-Wreck” Traynor, 16-4 (7), #134 1/2, of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, at 1:00 in the seventh round in a schedule 10.
In the first four rounds Frampton outworked Traynor. In the fifth round at the end both fighters let it all hang out. In the sixth round in the final seconds Frampton landed a vicious left hook to the body of Traynor dropping him face first for an 8-count as the bell came to Traynor’s rescue. In the seventh round a hard left to the body from Frampton made Traynor turn his back and quit.
“I’m glad to get the win. I could have been better,”said Frampton. Frampton is looking to meet the winner of WBO Super featherweight champion James Herring and No. 12 ranked Jonathan Oquendo on September 5th.
WBO inter-continental Featherweight champion Michael Conlan, 14-0 (8), #126 ¼, of Belfast, No. Ireland, stopped southpaw Sofaine “Baby Face” Takoucht, 35-5-1 (13), #126 1/2, of Charleville-Mezieries, Ardennes, France, at 1:54 of the tenth and final round.
In the first round Conlan turned southpaw against southpaw Takoucht easily taking the first three rounds with a good body attack, though warned for a second time by referee Steve Gray to Conlan for low punches. In the fourth round Conlan switched back to orthodox and back to southpaw. Near the end of the round referee Gray took a questionable point from Conlan for a low blow.
In the fifth round again Conlan lost a point by referee Gray for a low blow. Conlan returned to orthodox only going to the head the remainder of the round. From the sixth through the ninth Conlan dominated with mostly going to head and sparingly to the body due to losing two points from low body shots.
In the tenth and final round a left hook on the chin from Conlan from the orthodox stance had Takoucht hurt. Conlan was all over him ending it with a combination to the head forcing referee Gray to wisely call a halt.
This writer had it 88-81 Conlan at the end. “Losing the two points made it difficult not going much to the body after that. I plan to drop down to 122. I broke him down in the last round for the win,” said Conlan.
WBO European Super feather champion Archie “Sharp Shooter” Sharp, 19-0 (9), #133, of Wellington, London, UK, defeated Jeff “Jeffy” Ofori, 10-3-1 (3), #131 ¼, Tottenham, London, UK, over 10 rounds.
In the first four rounds Sharp was the aggressor. The remainder of the fight was too much mauling and clinching on both parts. The fight could have gone either way in the end.
Score by referee Marcus McDonnell was 96-95 Sharp. This writer had it 95-95.
IBF Super welter champion Troy “Trojan” Williamson, 15-0-1 (11), #152 ¾, of Darlington, UK, in a close fight defeated Harry “Hammer Time” Scarff, 8-2-1 (1), #153 ¼, Derby, UK, over 10 rounds, for the IBF European title.
In the first five rounds Scarff mauled gaining control and Williamson went to the body in a close fight. The second half of the fight Williamson seemed to finish strong in the last three rounds though losing his mouthpiece twice in the final round.
Scores were Alexander 97-94, Foster 96-94 and Gray 96-95 while this writer had it 95-95. Referee was Marcus McDonnell.
Welterweight southpaw Paddy “Real Deal” Donovan, 4-0 (3), #146 1/2, of Limerick, Ireland, stopped Des “The DEStroyer” Newton, 8-16 (2), #149 ¼, Bere Alston, Devon, UK, at 1:31 of first in a scheduled 6.
In the first round a left uppercut from the taller southpaw Donovan on chin of Newton and down he went. Upon rising covering up Newton got dropped again by a right uppercut to the mid-section and down he went forcing the referee Marcus MacDonnell to wave it off.
Super bantam southpaw Dennis “The Menace” McCann, 7-0 (5), #120 1/2, of Maidstone, Kent, UK, knocked out Brett “The Threat” Fidoe, 13-64-5 (6), #121 ¾, of Evesham, Worcestershire, UK, at 2:06 of the second round of a scheduled 6 with a left to the body. It was only the second time in 82 fights Fidoe had been stopped.