The second Dennis Hobson promoted show on Fightzone in a week held in the Car Park of the Sheffield Arena was topped by Kash Ali, and the Rotherham based Heavyweight didn’t hang about to claim the vacant IBF European title with a third round stoppage of Tomas Salek.
This was Ali’s fourth straight win since his sole professional loss, a March 2019 disqualification loss for biting to David Price, which landed him a six month ban and a hefty fine.
Ali scored a second round knockdown in this one with a well timed uppercut, and also bloodied the Czech visitor during the round.
The uppercuts were causing all the damage, and the end came just one round later, when a succession of the shot forced Salek to the canvas once more, where he was dropped heavily. Although the 22-year-old beat the count, the fight was sensibly waved off.
𝘽𝙄𝙂 𝙎𝙃𝙊𝙏𝙎 💣💥🥊
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A knockdown proved crucial, as Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker took the vacant Midlands Area Welterweight by just a point against Walsall based Levi Ferguson.
Walker came into the contest unbeaten in nine contests, but having never been past six rounds, while Ferguson gave a spirited effort in defeat in his last outing, a points loss to Kaisee Benjamin for the same Midlands Area belt. Walker took an entertaining and competitive contest 96-95 for referee Darren Sarginson, but in truth, it looked like he had done more than enough to earn the victory.
Mark Jeffers is a name to look out for, and the Chorley based 23-year-old stopped Tomas Bezvoda in the fourth round of their Super Middleweight encounter. A big sweeping right hand robbed the Czech of his senses in the second, but the bell saved him, and the fight was waved off just two rounds later.
Belfast’s Ciaran McVarnock remained unbeaten, but just edged Jamie Quinn by a point in their four rounder. A 39-38 verdict ensured ‘Bunty’ moved to 11-0-1.
Fleetwood Middleweight Dan Catlin improved his record to 6-0, as he stopped Kearon Thomas in the fifth of their six rounder. The other scheduled six rounder went to Josh Holmes, who also stretched his record to 6-0, as he halted Danny Allen, who was on debut, in two rounds.
The two debutants on the bill enjoyed winning starts. At Cruiserweight, Jack Fay took a 40-37 win on the cards over four against Antony Woolery, while at Super Middleweight, Rhys Farnhill took all four rounds against the winless Scott Williams. Zak Miller took all four rounds in his Welterweight contest with Kris Pilkington as he clinched his fourth win from as many contests.
Watch the full undercard back below – credit: SecondsOut YouTube.