Scarpa upsets Hibbert; Benn, Cash, Ogogo, Cheeseman and Yafai win
Italian Andrea Scarpa wore down a determined John Wayne Hibbert to score a sixth round victory at super-lightweight.
A bloody second round swung the fight completely in the direction of Scarpa as Hibbert was leaking profusely from a badly damaged right eye. A battered Hibbert was forced to take a count in the fifth and eventually pulled out of the fight with just five seconds left of the very next session by the ringside physician.
Second generation fighter Conor Benn boxed well for the brief time he spent in the ring as the son of Nigel kept composed before ruthlessly taking out Lukas Radic. Benn, 19, put Radic down with a hurtful shot midway through the round, and when the Czech got up, ‘The Destroyer’ lived up to his name with a crushing finish. The first round victory represents a second stoppage for Benn in the Essex man’s third bout almost in three months as a pro.
Anthony Ogogo kept up his momentum since returning from yet another injury with a dominant win over Frane Radnic. Ogogo used his superior boxing skills to take Radnic apart for the first three minutes before the towel came in at the end of the round.
On his debut, former Team GB amateur Felix Cash put Yaliton Neves on the canvas in the opening round but struggled to capitalize and in the end failed to particularly impress in a points triumph. Neves has some successes in the following three rounds as Cash constantly looked for a one-punch KO. A scorecard of 40-35 seemed a little harsh on Neves at the conclusion of the bout, which Cash should learn from ahead of what should be a quick return to action.
Super welterweight Ted Cheeseman stopped Danny Little in the fifth round to improve his record to 5-0 in the opening bout of the evening prior to super flyweight star Kal Yafai downing Jozsef Ajtai twice on his way to an easy first round knockout. Tougher tests await the talented Yafai, who should be chasing world honours within the next twelve months.