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2019

Ultimate Boxxer / Wood v Doyle – Results from London / Nottingham

Ian Aldous 10/05/2019
Wood UB3

World Boxing News provides results from Nottingham and London as Leigh Wood v Ryan Doyle features on Sky Sports. Plus, the Ultimate Boxxer tournament happens at The O2 on BT Sport and BoxNation.

ULTIMATE BOXXER

FINAL

In the UB3 middleweight final, Derrick Osaze and Grant Dennis set a high-pace and met head-on in round one.
I just edged the round to Dennis for his slightly slicker work.Both fighters continued to trade in the second and as a result, it was very hard to pick who won that stanza.
The final round of the tournament saw a right uppercut dramatically swung the fight into Ozase’s favour.It was followed by a couple more blows that dropped Dennis to the canvas.Osaze was awarded a majority decision to claim the tournament title by scores of 29-27, 29-27 and 28-28.
I agreed that the right man had his hand raised.
Prior to the main event, Ultimate Boxxer II light-heavyweight tournament winner, Shakan Pitters, returned to the scene of that victory to score an easy points win over Dmitrij Kalinovskij in a snoozer.

SEMI-FINALS

Semi-final number one saw a cagey opener between Kieron Conway and Derrick Osaze.

There was very little to separate either man throughout. Osaze was the more aggressive fighter and probably just about deserved it. Despite that, it was only a split-decision that saw him go through to the UB3 final.

Grant Dennis carried his excellent form with him into semi-final number two, scoring a knockdown in round one.
Sean Phillips didn’t look the same after that hard right dropped him. In my opinion, Dennis had a handy lead going into the final round.
He then survived a knock-down from a Phillips left-hook in the third. He reached the final with three 29-28 verdicts, much to the dismay of Sean Phillips vast array of fans in attendance.

QUARTER-FINALS and EARLY FIGHTS

In the first UB3 quarter-final, Kieron Conway expertly boxed and countered his way to a semi-final spot with a points win over the relentless, Kaan Hawes.

Conway’s punch selection was excellent and he showed why he’s tonight’s betting favourite. It was scored 30-27 on all three judges’ cards.

Next up, Derrick Osaze won a clear first-round against Tey Lynn-Jones before knocking him down with an overhand right in the second.

The ‘Punching Preacher’ coasted through the third to see out a points win of 29-27 on all three cards.

In a classic boxer vs. puncher match-up, Grant Dennis sat behind his jab and judged the distance in the first before putting his shots together in the second round.

A huge right sealed the deal in the final round causing a referee stoppage with Joe Hurn looking unsteady. The boxer TKO’d the puncher!

Fan-favourite and big ticket-seller, Sean Phillips blitzed his way through the aggressive Josh Groombridge with a first-round stoppage.

The twenty-two-year-old forced the referee to stop the fight with Groombridge on the ropes and taking too much punishment. In doing so, he conserved valuable energy for the rest of the tournament.

Former Love Island reality TV star, Idris Virgo found himself in a sticky situation against Rene Molik. He looked a distinct second best before the fight was stopped due to an accidental head clash – resulting in a technical-draw

Opening the fight card, Manchester prospect, Sean Fennell improved to 3-0 with a straightforward points win against Simos Volosinas.

NXTGEN

The main event saw Jordan Gill shocked by Enrico Tinoco. Gill was outclassed, dropped and stopped.

Commonwealth featherweight champion Leigh Wood retained his belt with an impressive tenth round stoppage of Ryan Doyle.

Fabio Wardley took Dennis Lewandowski out in the third round of a complete mismatch.

Despite Lewandowski taking future Tyson Fury foe Tom Schwarz the distance, the German looked massive – and massively out of his depth.

Bloodied and beaten, Lewandowski was waved off cowering in the corner.

Former world title challenger Stephen Smith got back in the groove with some much-needed rounds.

‘Swifty’ took every session from late replacement Des Newton as class told throughout the fight. Smith won 60-54.

Cruiserweight prospect Chris Billam-Smith was too strong for Yassine Habachi. Billam-Smith forced the stoppage after three. At super lightweight, Dalton Smith won every round on his pro debut.

Over six rounds at super lightweight, Atif Shafiq dominated Arturo Lopez in the opener as he moved to 21-2.

Charles Frankham began his pro stint with a 40-37, whilst in a floater, super featherweight Raymond Ford took every round of four against Aleksandrs Birkenbergs. Ford is now 2-0.

Ian Aldous is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @ian7685

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