At the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, UK, promoted by Matchroom Boxing – Eddie Hearn over DAZN and Sky Sports in the Main Event WBA Continental Welterweight champion Conor “The Destroyer” Benn of the UK defended his title against Colombian Samuel Vargas of Canada.
In the Main Event WBA Continental Welter champ Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, 18-0 (12), #146 ¾, of Ilford Essex, UK, stopped former NABA champ, Colombian Sammy Vargas, 31-7-2 (14), #146 ¼, of Toronto, Ontario, CAN, at 1:20 of the first round of a scheduled 10.
In the first round Benn landed some twenty unanswered punches having Vargas against the ropes before referee Michael Alexander stepped in calling a halt.
Benn is son of two division world champion Nigel “Dark Destroyer” Benn. “I am ready for Amir Kahn, Shawn Porter and the rest. I’m always approving. Eddie (Hearns) you have a phone, call them,” said Benn.
WBC International Silver Bantam champ Alexander “Supernova” Espinoza, 20-3-2 (8), #117 ½, of Managua, NIC, lost his title to Ukashir “Untouchable” Farooq, 15-1 (6), #117, of Pakistan and Glasgow, Scotland, UK, over 10 action packed rounds.
After five action packed rounds Farooq had an edge after dropping the first winning the next three and losing the fifth. In the sixth round Farooq continued to outwork Espinoza especially to the body though suffering a small cut on the left eyebrow.
In the eighth round Espinosa was warned for a second time for a low blow warned by referee Ian John-Lewis. With 0:45 left in the round Farooq landed a right cross on the chin stunning Espinosa. Halfway through the ninth round a left hook from Farooq on the chin stunned Espinosa. In the tenth and final round Farooq was cut several inches under the right eye with blood coming down his cheek and on the left eyebrow though a close round. The fight was all action from the opening bell.
Scores were 97-93, 97-95 and 97-94 with this writer 96-94.
Shannon “The Baby Face Assassin” Courtney, 7-1 (3), #117 ¾, of Watford, UK, defeated Ebanie “The Blonde Bomber” Bridges, 5-1 (2), #117, of New South Wales, AUST, for the vacant WBA World Female Bantam title, in a war over 10 rounds.
In the second round Courtney suffered a cut on the left side of his head. In the third round Courtney rocked Bridges with a right on the chin halfway through the round. From the fourth through the seventh it was back and forth with no let up.
By the end of the eighth Bridges left eye was almost closed. In the ninth and tenth rounds Bridges was close to a stoppage with the eye injury but never stopped fighting back. Referee was Michael Alexander.
Scores were 97-94 and 98-92 twice with this writer 97-93.
In the co-feature two-time Olympian and WBO World Female Middle champ Savanah “Silent Assassin” Marshall, 10-0 (8), #159 ¼, of Hartlepool, UK, knocked out late sub Maria Lindberg, 19-7-2 (10), #154 ¾, of Maimo, Sweden, at 1:11 of the third of a scheduled 10 scoring a pair of knockdowns.
In the first round Marshall controlled with a continuous jab not giving Lindberg a chance to return. In the second round with 30 seconds to go a right from Marshall on the chin of Lindberg dropped her, referee Bob Williams gave an 8-count. In the third round with a minute left a right from Marshall on the chin again dropped the much shorter Lindberg on the seat of her trunks with blood from the nose she made no effort to get up.
It was the fifth title fight for Lindberg and first time ever stopped. Promoter Eddie Hearn wants two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO Super Welter champ Claressa “T-Rex” Shields and Marshall to meet. Marshall is the only person to defeat Shields in the amateurs back in 2012.
Heavyweight Nick “The Glasgow Warrior” Campbell, 1-0 (1), #248 ½, of Jersey Island, UK, stopped Petr Frohlich, 2-31-1 (1), #226 ½, of Most, Czech Republic, at 0:41 of the second round of a 6.
In the second round Campbell continued throwing punches when he landed a left uppercut to the body hurting Frohlich and followed with a half push-punch dropping Frohlich to a knee and up immediately. Campbell went all over him with an attack until referee Bob Williams wisely called a halt.
Super Middle John “The Gentleman” Hedges, 2-0 (0), #177, of Takeley, Essex, UK, defeated Stanko Jermelic, 0-6 (0), #174 ¼, of Split, Croatia, over 4 rounds. All scores were 40-36.