Buatsi shows promise in debut victory, Benn returns with stoppage

WBN 01/07/2017

Olympic bronze medallist Smokin’ Joshua Buatsi showed why there’s so much buzz about his pro debut with a scintilating second round win over Carlos Mena.

Buatsi dropped Mena with a peach of a body shot in the first and the writing was on the wall from then on.

Superb combinations in the second round saw Mena hit the floor again before the contest was waved off as the Cuban cowered in the corner.

Earlier, and in yet another crushing display, Lawrence Okolie demolished Russell Henshaw in the first round.

A punishing body shot began the demise of Henshaw, who was clearly out-gunned despite laughing off some of Okolie’s head shots through gritted teeth.

Henshaw went down twice in the fight before the referee rightly save him from further punishment. Okolie moves to 4-0.

Son of a legend Conor Benn came back with a bang following a layoff with a third round stoppage of Mike Cole.

The youngster looks to have been working on the rough edges of his previous six wins and will be kept busier in the new season.

Reece Bellotti proved too strong for a game Jamie Speight as he picked up a fringe version of the WBC featherweight crown.

Bellotti forced referee Ian John-Lewis to step in during the eighth round as Speight was taking unnecessary punishment.

Super-middleweight star Jamie Cox battered Ivan Jukic in one round as the Swindon man prepares to hear his fate in the World Boxing Super Series draw on July 8.

Cox, mandatory for British champion Rocky Fielding, chose to enter the world title competition rather than trade blows with the Liverpool man this September.#

In the same division, Morgan Jones made light work of Jade Karam scoring an early stoppage, whilst Isaac Chamberlain did likewise when using uppercuts to chop down Ryan Crawford.

Chamberlain moved to 8-0 with the second round win prior to Danny Dignum recording a four round points win over Yailton Neves to push to 3-0.

Craig Richards continued his progression with a six round points win over Rui Manuel Pavanito. The referee scored it 58-56.

At light heavyweight, Jake Ball stopped Jamie Ambler in the fourth round, whilst Ted Cheeseman impressed in taking out Matthew Ryan in three sessions.