Katie Taylor scores TKO in London: Ohara Davies claims WBC Silver

WBN 27/11/2016

Lawrence Lustig

Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor returned to the city of her 2012 triumph to begin her run in the professional ranks with a stoppage win.

The 30 year-old, now signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom banner, halted Karina Kopinska in the third round ahead of a second outing on December 10.

Also on the bill, Ohara Davies picked up the WBC Silver lightweight title with a hard-fought but unanimous decision against tough Andrea Scarpa.

Davies pushed his record to 14-0 with the win and will gain a place in the World Boxing Council’s rankings update next month.

At super-featherweight, Martin J. Ward picked himself up off the deck to retain his British title against Ronnie Clark. Ward was dropped in the tenth round before seeing out a unanimous points win.

Ben Hall suffered the first loss of his career when rugged American Carson Jones once again spoiled the UK party.

Jones, who pushed Kell Brook all the way in their first meeting and knocked out Brian Rose in the first round in 2015, recorded his 40th career victory by halting the Briton in the sixth.

Another spoiler in Martin Gethin reignited his career by coming in at extremely late notice to stop John Wayne Hibbert.

Gethin ended the contest in the fourth round and gained the IBF’s International super-lightweight strap for his efforts.

In other upsets, Jake Ball lost his undefeated record at light-heavyweight when JJ McDonagh caught him cold in the first and welterweight Jack Healy is now 1-1 after a points reverse to journeyman Chris Adaway.

Ted Cheeseman, Reece Bellotti, Craig Richards and Felix Cash kept up their perfect C.V’s on the night, whilst Charlie Edwards recovered from his world title loss to dispatch of Georgi Georgiev in three.

Finally, Danny Dignum made his debut at 175 pounds and took just two sessions to take care of Jimmy White.