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MTK York Hall Review – Dignum and Walsh secure WBO European belts

Chantelle Cameron sets up WBC title shot, McKinson marches on

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Liam Walsh proved too much for Maxi Hughes at York Hall Credit: MTK Global
Liam Walsh proved too much for Maxi Hughes at York Hall Credit: MTK Global

MTK hosted another busy night of boxing at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Danny Dignum topped the bill and became the WBO European Middleweight champion as Conrad Cummings was rightly stopped on his feet in the sixth round.

The action was scrappy in the main with the pairs’ styles not completely gelling. The 27-year-old controlled the action though, and the conclusion came in round six, when Dignum connected with a big left hand that left Cummings’ whole body frozen, with referee, Howard Foster admirably calling a halt to the contest

Michael McKinson further enhanced his growing potential with a dominant ten round points win against Luis Alberto Veron at Welterweight.

McKinson made an early breakthrough when an innocuous looking glancing right sent the Argentine down, forcing him to take a count, which he survived.

The same occured in the fifth, when a right-left combination sent Veron off balance, and down for another count.

The Portsmouth man deployed good boxing skills and limited his opponent to only fleeting successes, but to the South American’s credit, he kept coming. The fight eventually went to the cards, where scores of 99-89, 98-90 and 97-91.

The victory leaves McKinson highly ranked in the WBO rankings, with a shot at Terence Crawford’s title, potentially not far in the offing.

Liam Walsh picked up the vacant WBO European title with a unanimous points win against the tough Maxi Hughes.

Walsh used his slick boxing skills from the off, but was occasionally caught by Hughes with the odd shot early on.

The former world title challenger was in control for most of the fight, and in round seven he displayed disregard for his opponent’s power by taking several punches with his defences deliberately down. Walsh sent several body shots especially in the second half of the contest, with Hughes’ knees dipping on more than one occasion.

Eventually the judges were required after ten decent rounds, with scores of 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93 giving Cromer’s Walsh the win.

Chantelle Cameron moved closer to a world title shot with a dominant points win against Anahi Ester Sanchez, in a WBC Super Lightweight final eliminator.

Sanchez certainly came to fight, and she winged in big right hooks in round one, with some decent toe-to-toe action taking place. The pair were on the front foot, planting their feet as the give and take action continued in front of the onlooking undisputed middleweight champion, Claressa Shields.

The breathless action continued into the second half of the contest, although Cameron was always in control and having the last word in the exchanges. The ninth saw the unbeaten 28-year-old score a knockdown, with a glancing left while the Argentine was on the retreat and forced to the canvas.

Sanchez survived, and made it to the final bell where two scores of 100-89 and one at 99-90 sealed victory to set up a shot at Jessica McCaskill’s WBC strap.

Earlier on in the evening, Daniel Egbunike won the vacant Southern Area Super Lightweight title with a 97-93 points win against Billy Allington, while Dan Azeez warmed up for his meeting with Dec Spelman with a fifth round stoppage of Edgars Sniedze.

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