Olympian Lawrence Okolie made a destructive announcement in the pro ranks with a devastating 20-second KO of Geoffrey Cave at Manchester Arena.
Cave, with out a win in two bouts, may well think about moving into an alternative career following a brutal three punch stoppage at the hands of Okolie.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has big plans for Okolie on the back of signing the 24 year-old Londoner who is set to be in the mix at cruiserweight within the next 12 months.
It wasn’t all smiles for Okolie and Hearn though as UK fans complained due to the fight not being shown live on Sky Sports despite plenty of pre-fight focus.
A distance battle between Blackpool natives Jack Arnfield and Brian Rose ended with the former coming out the victor via decision, whilst Katie Taylor once again showed why she’s talked about as a future women’s world champion with a whitewash triumph over ex-title challenger Milena Koleva. Taylor pushed to 4-0 with an 80-72 points win.
In a middleweight upset, Jason Welborn inflicted a maiden loss on Joe Gallagher-trained Marcus Morrison in what should have been a wider verdict with the judges. Morrison looked completely out of sorts as Welborn seemingly took round after round, eventually getting his hand raised with scores of 97-92 and 96-93 (twice).
Martin J. Ward remains the British super-featherweight champion following a twelve round battle with the familiar Maxi Hughes. Ward, now 17-0-2, retained his Lonsdale Belt 118-111, 116-112, 116-113 on the cards in their third meeting as a victory against the Essex man continues to elude Hughes.
Light-heavyweight Hosea Burton returned to form following his first career loss against Frank Buglioni as the cousin of Tyson Fury won an 80-71 decision against Tamas Kozma. Burton now boasts a 19-1 record as talk of a rematch with Buglioni continues.
Ben Sheedy won every round of six against Rob Brown to move to 6-0, whilst bantamweight Sean McGoldrick made a successful debut with a four round points win over journeyman Brett Fidoe.