Archie Sharp topped an MTK promoted show at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, and ’The Sharpshooter’ defended his WBO Global super featherweight title for the first time with a simple points win against Alexis Boureima Kabore.
Sharp is ranked number two with the WBO, and has recently exchanged social media barbs with new WBO champion Shakur Stevenson, and a future meeting between the pair could be a reality in 2022.
Sharp began comfortably off a crisp jab, and he was dominating the action as the visitor crudely rushed his work, and was falling wildly short as a result. The pattern for the fight was set, and round after round Sharp did as he pleased, switching stances with ease to further confuse the man from Burkina Faso, while hardly taking a punch himself. Kabore was simply too slow for Sharp, and he never looked like threatening victory in this one, with the crowd subdued in the second half of the fight as the champion was in complete control. The trend continued all the way to the final bell, where the result was academic.
Three identical scores of 100-90 in Sharp’s favour illustrated his dominance.
Tursynbay Kulakhmet is a man in a hurry, but he saw his progress staggeringly halted by Juan Carlos Abreu, who took Kulakhmet’s WBC International super welterweight title with a seventh round knockout win.
Abreu was dropped by a perfectly timed left hand in the second, but he did seem to wobble Kulakhmet in the same frame with a right hand. Although Abreu had the odd success, Jamie Moore trained Kulakhmet went through the gears with ease, clinical and measured in his approach. The Kazakh had to withstand a barrage from Abreu in the sixth, and the favourite was sensationally floored in the next round, as a perfectly timed right hand decked Kulakhmet heavily. He rose too quickly, and a onslaught from the Dominican culminated in a hard right hand that folded Kulakhmet face first, and a count wasn’t required to confirm the upset.
Pierce ‘Big Bang’ O’Leary is a man to keep tabs on, and the 21-year-old Irishman moved to 8-0 with an impressive seventh round stoppage win over Siar Ozgul in their super lightweight contest. Ozgul was dropped in the fourth by a short left uppercut followed by a right hand, but was more off balance than hurt. Ozgul was shipping punishment though, and in the seventh, he was exhausted, and with his corner poised to throw the towel in, the referee waved the contest off with the Turk under fire.
Sam Gilley returned from his first professional defeat last time out, and the Londoner moved up in weight to record a scrappy six round points win against Daniel Lartey. Gilley was scored a 60-54 victor on the referee’s scorecard.
Ticket seller Jordan Reynolds made it 3-0, as the Luton based super welterweight recorded an opening round win against Italy’s Rodolfo Paterno. Reynolds was heavy handed from the off, and stunned the visitor with a two fisted assault that forced the referee to call a halt to the action.
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Sean McGoldrick made a comeback from an 18 month layoff, and the Welshman recorded a 60-54 win after six rounds against Stephen Jackson at super bantamweight.
Lerone Harrison, son of famous trainer Oliver, who sadly passed away earlier this year, made his pro debut, and won all four rounds against Simas Volosinas at lightweight.
Shiloh Defreitas also made his professional bow, and the Jamaican born welterweight made a statement against Fonz Alexander, who was stopped in the fourth round, and just the fifth time he had been halted in 124 fights. A vicious attack, ending with a chopping right hand put Alexander down, and he knew his race was run, not attempting to beat the count.
Joe Giles brought a partisan following with him, and the super middleweight debuted with a 40-36 win over Pavol Garaj.
Essex based cruiserweight William Hamilton dropped Ivo Zednicek multiple times on the way to a first round win.