Okolie taken to points, London stoppage wins for Cordina, Benn, Buatsi and Cash

Cruiserweight puncher Lawrence Okolie went the four round distance for the first time in his career on Friday night as the talented Brit moved to 5-0 at York Hall.

The 24 year-old from Hackney, who’s already gaining a knockout reputation following four previous stoppages in 2017, remained dominant against Blaise Mendouo despite not finishing the fight early.

At the end of a convincing four sessions, Okolie took the contest 59-54 on referee Kieran McCann’s scorecard.

Also in action at the famous London venue was light heavyweight Jake Ball who took a tight points triumph after ten rounds against previously undefeated Joe Sherriff.

At super welterweight, Ted Cheeseman improved to 10-0 with a third round disqualification win over Francesco Lezzi. Cheeseman was on top when referee McCann threw the Italian out for what seemed to be a tame push coupled with a furious complaint.

Welshman Joe Cordina continued his progress with a first round victory over Jamie Speight, whilst Conor Benn went full beast mode on Kane Baker to force a second round stoppage.

Another first session win came when Felix Cash halted Fernando Heredia, whilst light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi battered Baptiste Castegnaro in five and can now boast a 2-0 C.V.

All in all, Eddie Hearn’s stable of stand-out prospects look in good shape as they build their opposition step-by-step.

A plan to have most competitors in the British title picture by 2018 looks on course to come to fruition for the NXTGEN group.