Reading’s Micheal Sprott capitalized on an injury to American Jason ‘Woo’ Gavern to seal a UK triumph over the USA in the maiden trans-Atlantic Prizefighter tournament at York Hall.
The veteran ex-British title holder overcame three American fighters to claim the £32,000 cheque.
Damien Wills, Brian Minto, and Gavern succumbed to the shortened three-round format’s wiley former winner.
Gavern won the hearts of the fans on the night as he chanted a ‘Woo’ catchphrase throughout proceedings.
He looked on course to claim the top prize after ousting ex-world champ James Toney semi-final.
In the final, Sprott started well, although Gavern hurt his arm, possibly tearing his bicep. He was definitely hampered for the rest of the fight as he hardly threw a punch in the last round.
Gavern did rally in the second, which I had him winning. But ultimately, his ailment was too severe.
Sprott saw out a dull final three minutes to put himself in the frame for a British title shot shortly.
In the chief support, Anthony Joshua cruised to a straight-forward second-round stoppage win over Hrvoje Kisicek.
It was a straightforward match-up that would not be much of a contest after viewing the two at the weigh-in.
The Olympic champion proved to have far too much class for the Croat and punched him at will until the referee Marcus McDonnell saved Kisicek from severe harm and ended the punishment.
The 24-year-old is being eased through the preliminary stages of his career by promoter Eddie Hearn.
AJ will now be expected to step up his opponent’s level for the Froch vs. Groves card.