Daniel Dubois ruthlessly captured the Commonwealth Heavyweight Title with a dominant first round stoppage win over the hapless, previously unbeaten, Ebenezer Tetteh on Friday at the Royal Albert Hall.
After an exchange of shots, Dubois detonated a short right hand right on the Ghanaian’s chin that put him down hard. Tetteh gingerly got back to his feet, but the ending was inevitable. On the resumption, Dubois winged in lefts and rights forcing Tetteh to the canvas for a second time. He again rose on unsteady legs, and after a count of eight, referee, Mark Lyson, wisely waved the fight off, despite a shove of protestation from Tetteh. Dubois also picked up the WBO International belt as a result of his quick win.
“I did what I had to do, I worked the jab and everything I worked on in training I put into practice” said Dubois.
“I am relaxed in the ring and the more relaxed you are the more power you can generate as a fighter.”
Nicola Adams disappointed, and was fortunate to keep hold of her WBO Flyweight Title with a three way split draw against the tough Mexican, Maria Salinas.
Adams was lacklustre throughout, and Salinas was rugged in her approach, constantly putting pressure on the Champion, and this forced Adams out of her stride.
Rounds were hard to score, and at the end of ten hard rounds, the scores read 96-94 in favour of Salinas, 97-93 for Adams and the third ruling the fight a 95-95 draw. Sections of the crowed greeted the decision with boos, with Salinas unlucky not to get the nod.
Post fight, Adams said: “I was a bit ring rusty I haven’t boxed in a year so it wasn’t my best performance,” said Adams.
“If she wants a rematch I’ll go again.”
Archie Sharp’s unbeaten record looked in serious jeopardy, and there was an argument that he had lost every round before he produced a spectacular knockout of Declan Geraghty in the fourth to retain his WBO European Super Featherweight Title.
Geraghty started well, with his southpaw style causing Sharp problems, and the Irishman was outboxing the champion in the early going.
Sharp negated the threat entirely in the fourth round, when a massive single left hook landed flush on Geraghty’s chin to leave him motionless on the canvas, and the fight was immediately waved off.
Willy Huchinson continued his education with a second round stoppage of Borislav Zankov, Denzel Bentley stopped Kelcie Ball inside a round, and Dennis McCann continues to impress, this time scoring a second stoppage of Georgi Georgiev.