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McKenzie stuns Dickinson; Allen halts Olubamiwo; Saunders KO

Phil Jay 07/06/2014

Ovill McKenzie took the British cruiserweight title from Jon-Lewis Dickinson with a second round stoppage victory, adding the coveted belt to his Commonwealth version.

The hard-hitting Jamaican-born fighter, who has a deceptive 35% KO record, exploded into life following an uneventful first round to blow Dickinson away with a crushing right hand.

Referee Victor Loughlin stopped the contest at the very end of the session as the 34 year-old ‘Upsetter’ finally got his hands on a Lonsdale belt after previously missing out to Tony Bellew for the 175lb title in 2011.

Also on the bill at the Metro Radio Arena, Dave Allen improved to 6-0-1 by halting Larry Olubamiwo on his stool after two rounds.

The Yorkshireman, nicknamed the ‘White Rhino,’ caught Big Larry with some bombs in the first two rounds and Olubamiwo had seemingly had enough at the end of the second.

Olumabiwo embarked on a comeback after being given a reduced sentence by the British Board to co-operating in a steroid investigation, which he admitted his own part in, but sadly for Larry, the ‘War Machine’ has lost every fight since.

Bradley Saunders stood out as a real British star of the future at light-welterweight after crippling Finnish opponent Ville Piispanen with stunning body shot in the opener. The 28 year-old amateur star is now 10-0 since turning pro in 2012 and became the first fighter to stop Piispanen in 26 bouts.

Josh Leather, Rhys Evans, Jordan King, Jason Cunningham and Thomas Patrick Ward all kept up their perfect records, with only Cunningham and King managing to their opponents out early.

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