Results from Bowlers, Manchester, UK:
Middleweight prospect Reece Cartwright, a hard-hitter himself, was stunned in the first round on Saturday night by little-known Romanian Rafael Chiruta.
In what seemed set-up to be a routine win for Cartwright, quickly turned into a nightmare for the Leeds man as the 23 year-old was dropped by a right hook and eventually stopped by referee Jamie Kirkpatrick.
Chiruta claimed only the 6th knockout of his 53-bout career in Manchester, building on his unexpected victory over 19-0 Amaro Dialo back in May.
It’s a huge upturn in fortunes for the Spain-based journeyman, who has now won four of his last five outings against just nine wins in the previous 48.
Back to the drawing board for Cartwright though as the Yorkshireman contemplates what went wrong in those early stages.
Another eye-catching result was that of Chris Jenkinson who claimed a tenth career triumph by stopping Arthif Daniel in the fourth round. Jenkinson has lost 48 contests as a professional and was previously winless in his last seventeen contests.
In the headliner, Zelfa Barrett made light work of Jordan Ellison, dropping him twice on the way to a first round blowout.
Also on the bill, heavyweight Martin Ilunga maintained his own unblemished record by halting Dominic Akinlade, also in the first round as he improved to 8-0, whilst former Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell got back in the win column following a fourth career defeat earlier this year.
The 32 year-old super-welterweight was made to work by Edvinas Puplauskas but ground out the four-rounder to record a 24th win.
In Vassell’s old division of 147 pounds, Steven Lewis stopped Zaurs Sadihovs in three, whilst middleweight Stacey Copeland and featherweight Marcel Braithwate had their respective hands raised on the night.
Further down the card, cruiserweight Lyndon Arthur made it to 7-0 with a second round knockout of Istvan Orsos.