Prizefighter – The International heavyweights III. York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK
Fight 1 – Martin Rogan v Albert Sosnowski
Rogan dominated Sosnowski for the majority of the contest, rocking him in every round unitl a powerful shot caused Ian John-Lewis to call a halt to fight with all the Pole’s senses gone – even though he stayed on his feet.
Sosnowski did hit the floor in the second session though literally, as the former world title challenger missed wildly with a swinging punch, falling through the ropes onto the space below in front of Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn and a ringside David Haye.
Result: Martin Rogan (TKO 3rd round)
Fight 2 – Audley Harrison v Claus Bertino
Former European champion Audley Harrison made a successful comeback from his British title failure against David Price to score a technical knockout win in just 33 seconds against an out-of-shape Claus Bertino.
Audley, now boxing into his forties, landed a short left hand after a tentative start and the Dane was pulled out by referee Marcus McDonnell. Bertino, 32, dropped a fifth loss in twenty bouts as Harrison improved his record to 29-6 and set up a semi-final rematch with Martin Rogan.
Result: Audley Harrison (TKO 1st round)
Fight 3 – Ian Lewison v Timo Hoffman
Londoner Lewison scored a somewhat controversial stoppage in the first round of their contest as referee John Keane waved the fight off after the German failed to follow his instructions.
Hoffman, 38, was asked to ‘walk forward’ by Keane after hitting the floor from a barrage by Lewison, although ‘The German Oak’ walked backwards with his hands in the air to signal in his own way that he was ready.
The win propels 31 year-old Lewison to 7-1-1 as Hoffman left the ring livid following the translation error after suffering an eighth defeat in 50 contests.
Result: Ian Lewison (TKO 1st round)
Fight 4 – Travis Walker v Derric Rossy
In a drab affair, Derric Rossy stunned the pre-tournament favourite Travis Walker as the two American’s fought a low-key three rounds on the back of a trilogy explosive bouts previously.
The New Yorker out-landed Walker for the duration of the contest and after some delay, the three judges came back with cards reading 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29 in favour of Rossy, who moves on to face Ian Lewison in the semi-final.
Result: Derric Rossy (SD 29-28 , 28-29)
Fight 5 – Semi-Final: Martin Rogan v Audley Harrison
Audley Harrison fought perfect tactics to out-point old rival Martin Rogan to improve his Prizefighter record to 5-0 and advance to another final.
Result: Audley Harrison (UD 30-27 )
Fight 6 – Semi-Final: Ian Lewison v Derric Rossy
Derric Rossy scored a split decision win over Ian Lewison in a scrappy affair to set up a final showdown with Audley Harrison for the £32, 000 cheque.
Result: Derric Rossy (SD)
Tom Stalker bt Kristian Laight on his pro debut in a pre-final four round contest.
Fight 7 – Audley Harrison v Derric Rossy
Audley Harrison went into the final without a scratch on him in contrast to Derric Rossy, who was busted up from his two split decision wins in the previous two bouts.
‘A-Force’ used his freshness to good effect, dropping Rossy twice on the way to a comprehensive second round win and becomes the first fighter to claim the Prizefighter trophy on two occasions.
Result: Audley Harrison (TKO second round)