Zach Parker made an impressive debut under the Queensberry banner, as he blew away Vaughn Alexander inside two rounds to claim the vacant WBO International Super Middleweight title.
The contest topped the latest Frank Warren promoted bill, as the original headliner was pulled on fight week, with British and Commonwealth Super Lightweight champion, Akeem Ennis-Brown, forced to withdraw from a defence against Sam Maxwell due to injury.
Derbyshire’s Parker was also defending his lofty WBO number one ranking, and he made no mistakes here, crushing the older brother of former world champion Devon Alexander with relative ease.
Parker started brightly here, and recognised he had his man where he wanted him as early as the end of the opening frame, as he unloaded with a barrage of punches that troubled the American.
Alexander had never previously been stopped, and a chopping right hand followed by a trio of lefts had him on the deck in the first minute of the second.
The visitor didn’t recover from that assault and, after surviving the count, he was over again from a hard right hand, with the end seeming nigh for him. He didn’t have to wait long to be removed from battle, as Parker trapped him in the corner, and as he unloaded punches without reply, referee Marcus McDonnell had seen enough, and waved the contest off.
It was a case of job done for Parker, and he looked forward to potential clashes with the likes of Chris Eubank Junior and John Ryder down the line.
“I hope people will take notice of me now,” said Parker post fight. “He has never been stopped before, and has been in with top opponents like Anthony Sims Junior, I did it in good fashion. I’m best at boxing, but I am a good finisher as well.
“I want to stay active now, and whoever they put in front of me, I’ll beat them with ease,” added the 26-year-old.
The aforementioned Sam Maxwell had to make do with a tick over fight to ease his disappointment of missing out on a domestic title shot for now, and the Liverpudlian eased past Ben Fields over eight rounds at Super Lightweight. Fields was docked a point in the seventh for holding, and Maxwell ran out a 79-73 winner.
Brad Foster continues to improve with every fight, and the Midlander took the vacant IBF International Super Bantamweight title with a landslide points win over Spain’s Alvaro Rodriguez. Three identical scores of 100-90 reflected the Lichfield man’s dominance during the contest.
Another Midlander tasted success on the bill, with Danny Ball winning the battle of unbeaten’s, as he had his hand raised at the end of ten competitive rounds against Sam Gilley.
Ball defended his WBC International Silver Welterweight titles in an unanimous points win. Two scores of 96-94, and a third at 97-93 confirmed victory for Ball.
Dennis McCann continued his education against continental opposition, and the 20-year-old from Kent took a lopsided points win over eight against Luis Moreno.
McCann had the Mexican down in the final round, catching the visitor with a right hook as Moreno rushed in, and that put the exclamation mark on a comfortable 80-71 win on the referee’s scorecard.
At Heavyweight, David Adeleye needed just over a minute to remove debutant Dave Preston from battle, as he dropped the Dudley man with a left hook to the body for which he couldn’t beat the count.
Edward Donovan took the clash of debutants at Welterweight, taking all four rounds against Matthew King, and another debutant, Jason Harty, floored Kearon Thomas on the way to a 40-35 win.