19
Dec
2018

Joe Joyce takes out Ivica Bacurin in one round, improves to 5-0

Chandler Waller 15/06/2018

The York Hall heavyweight main event saw Ivica Bacurin come solely to survive against ‘The Juggernaut’ Joe Joyce. 

After moving around the ring attempting to stay away from huge blows, Joyce caught Bacurin effortlessly and the writing was soon on the wall.

A couple of hooks landed on the top of the head of Bacurin and he went down rather easily in round one. Bacurin complained that the shots were at the back of the head but the referee counted him out to end the argument.

Joyce has now halted three of his five opponents in the opening session and may have given British champiom Hughie Fury something to think about at ringside.

Undercard results:

Savannah Marshall showed the talent she obviously possesses by weaving out of Alejandra Ayala’s attacks with skill.

Using the jab to set up her backhand, Marshall was able to do as she pleased.

A chopping right knocked Ayala down and Marshall finishes the job by chasing her around the ring and into the neutral corner where the ref called an end to the bout in round two.

Welshman Kody Davies started things quickly and powerfully as he landed a clubbing right hand on Eric Mokonzo in the opening of round one.

Davies comically swerved a big swing from Mokonzo and looked out the ring to see where it went. A brutal punch from Davies in the second left Mokonzo on the floor, although he was straight back up and attempting to retaliate.

Mokonzo forced Davies to the ropes and opened up to see some success in round three but was outclassed. Mokonzo brought the fight to Davies in the final round but the favorite was able to coast his way to a 40-37 points win and improved his record to 5-0.

Michael Page wasn’t playing around against Michal Ciach. Page started strong landing a straight right in the opening bell.

The boxer/kickboxer displayed his solid straight rights which left a cut on the left eye of Ciach. Round two opened up with a thunderous right hand to knock Ciach down who is unable to get up before the 10 count.

The contest between Linus Udofia and Eric Nwanko turned out to be a terrific fight as there was a hint of a shock in round one. Udofia began to adjust but Nwanko’s hunting was working in spurts.

Udofia powered through and started to slowly outwork a gassed Nwanko forcing him to take a knee in the third.

In the fifth, Nwanko was unable to turn the tables and Udofia upped the ante with an incredible three-punch combination to floor his opponent ending the fight immediately.

In the female Commonwealth title bout, Anisha Basheel showed incredible power to daze and floor Sam Smith just after the opening bell.

A few more assaults and whipping in left hooks dazed Smith again and she could not continue after one minute and 58 seconds.

Heavyweight force Dereck Chisora turned out to watch George Fox contesting Phil Williams.

Fox used an impressive lead left hook around the guard followed by a right dig to the body to get things going. Fox appeared calm and relaxed as he pounded away with jabs to the body and head, covering up well when he needed to.

Williams tried to get the fire going in the third round, but it was the reach of Fox which stood out as he continued to whip in shots to the body.

A lead left hook from Fox in the 4th got the crowd going and Williams was able to fire back with a triple jab.

Although Williams managed to survive, Fox took the victory 40-37.

Brandon Ball was clearly motivated when he faced Luke Fash.

Ball locked onto a target and unleashed hell on Fash in the second with a straight right being a standout punch. Fash started to quieten the crowd in the third with back to back hooks but Ball came back using the right hand.

In the final round, Ball showed fancy footwork before getting lamped by Fash’s right hand. Soon, Fash took control of the round and drew blood from Ball’s nose.

Ultimately, Ball secured a 40-37 points win. 

Tom Ansell continuously forced Fonz Alexander to the ropes where he was able to land thudding right hands flush on Alexander’s chin to drop him in the first.

Alexander backed off and became patient in the second and third rounds, occasionally landing combinations to open up a small cut on Ansell.

Making his opponent swing and miss, Ansell moved around the ring until he started to let his hands go again in the fourth, scoring a solid right hand to the body.

The tough Alexander made it to the final bell where Ansell won the fight 40-35.

Fuaad Huseen initially struggled to adjust to an awkward defense of Edward Bjorklund. Huseen tried to rough up his opponent and saw some small success.

In the 4th, Huseen’s work rate seemed to seal the deal despite his opponent’s taunts throughout the fight. In the end, Huseen won on points 40-36.

Kicking things off, Chris Davies was clearly too quick for Callum Ide as body and head combinations were landed at will. Despite the onslaught, a cut opened up on the left eye of Davies as Ide started to land more in the third.

However, a relentless attack from Davies in the fourth secured a 39-37 points win.

Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller

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