At the Production Park Studios, in South Kirby, Yorkshire, UK, Wednesday, over ESPN+ MTK Global – Lee Eaton and Top Rank – Bob Arum, presented the “Golden Contract Tournament Final” with WBO European Featherweight champ James ‘Jazza’ Dickens easily defeating British champion Ryan Walsh over 10 rounds.
In the Main Event southpaw WBO European Featherweight champion and No. 1 ranked James ‘Jazza” Dickens, 30-3 (11), #125 ľ, of Liverpool, UK, easily defeated southpaw No. 12 ranked “Iron” Ryan Walsh, 26-3-2 (12), #125, of Cromer, Norfolk, UK, over 10 rounds.
In the first five rounds it was Dickens having an edge outworking Walsh. Walsh suffered a small cut on his right eyebrow in the third round. In the sixth round a frustrated Walsh flipped Dickens to the canvas. Walsh would switch to orthodox but land little. He kept coming forward but landed little.
In the seventh Walsh landed his first meaningful punch of the fight a right hook to the chin of Dickens knocking him off balance. Walsh did more feinting than punching for the most part. In the ninth round Dickens continued countering the oncoming Walsh having his nose red. In the tenth and final round Dickens finished easily defeating Walsh.
Scores were 98-93, 97-94 and 96-94 with this writer 99-91.
Super Lightweight Daniel “Danny Darko” Egbunike, 6-1 (3), #139 Ľ, of Kingston, London, UK, lost to Harlem Eubank, 11-0 (3), #139 Ľ, of Brighton, Sussex, UK, in a British eliminator over 10 dull rounds.
Eubank’s speed using his jab dominated a reluctant Egbunike.
Referee Edwards scored it 97-94 while this writer had it 99-91.
Light Heavyweight WBO ranked No. 9 European champion Ricard “Lion” Bolotniks, 18-5-1 (8), #174, of Riga, Latvia, won the Golden Contract stopping No. 13 Russian born Serge “Bavarian Sniper” Michel, 11-2 (8), #174 ľ, of Traunreut, Bayern, GER, at 2:50 of the tenth and final round.
In the fourth round Bolotniks drew blood from the nose of Michel and hurt him with a body shot. In the fifth round Bolotniks landed a right to the chin driving Michel into the ropes called a knockdown by referee Michael Alexander. In the ninth round Bolotniks had Michel hurt against the ropes in the final minute. In the tenth and final round Bolotnik landed half dozen punches to the head dropping Michel who beat the count but was exhausted standing in the corner but was in no condition to continue as his corner threw in the towel forcing referee Michael Alexander to call a halt.
Southpaw middleweight Fearhgus “The Mighty” Quinn, 2-0 (0), #162, of Belleek, No. IRE, shut out Scott “Brick Top” James, 6-7-1 (0), #161, of Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK, over 6 rounds.
In all 6 rounds southpaw Quinn had his way outworking James who received a cut on left eyebrow in second round.
Score from referee Phil Edwards 60-54 as was from this writer.
Lightweight Adam “The Assassin” Azim, 1-0 (0), #137 Ľ, of Slough, UK, easily defeated Ed Harrison, 2-5 (0), #135 ľ, of Blackpool, Lancashire, UK, over 6 rounds.
Azim being much quicker showboated for 6 rounds easily beating a reluctant Harrison.
Referee Phil Edwards scored 60-54 as did this writer.
Southpaw lightweight James “The Natural” McGivern, 2-0 (0), #133 ľ, of Belfast, No. IRE, defeated Jordan “Baby K” Ellison, 11-31-2 (1), #135 Ľ, of Seaham, UK, scoring a knockdown over 6 rounds.
In the second round a body shot from McGivern dropped Ellison for a 9-count near the end of the round. In the final 4 rounds McGivern controlled with jabs and uppercuts.
Referee Phil Edwards scored 60-53 as did this writer.