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 fighter’s to claim the £32,000 cheque as Damien Wills, Brian Minto and Gavern succumbed to the wiley former winner of the three-round format.
Gavern won the hearts of the fans on the night as he chanted a ‘Woo’ catchphrase throughout proceedings and looked on course to claim the top prize after ousting ex-world champ James Toney in the semi-final.
In the final, Sprott started well, although Gavern clearly hurt his arm, possible tearing his bicep, and 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 and Sprott saw out a dull final three minutes to put himself in the frame for a British title shot in the near future.
In chief support, Anthony Joshua cruised to a straight-forward second round stoppage win over Hrvoje Kisicek in a match-up that was clear would not be much of a contest after viewing the two at the weigh-in.
The Olympic champion proved to be have far too much class for the Croat and pummelled him at will until the referee Marcus McDonnell saved Kisicek from serious harm and ended the punishment.
The 24 year-old is clearly being eased through the preliminary stages of his career by promoter Eddie Hearn and will now be expected to step up his level of opponent for the Froch v Groves card.
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