Harley Benn suffers shock professional loss on Saunders v Isufi bill
In pre-BT Sport results on the Billy Joe Saunders undercard at Lamex Stadium, Harley Benn suffered the first pro loss of his career.
See results below:
Fight # 1
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
CONNOR WRIGHT (7-0) V OWEN JUBBURN (5-3-2)
Connor Wright comfortably defeated Owen Jubburn on points, 40-36.
Fight # 2
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest
GRAHAM TIRRELL (9-0) V SCOTT HILLMAN (0-41)
Graham Tirrell battered Scott Hillman’s body en route to a 40-36 points win.
Fight # 3
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Welterweight Contest
BALAZS BACSKAI (9-0) V DAVI ELIASQUEVICI (14-8-1)
In a rare battle of Hungary vs. Brazil on English soil, Balazs Bacskai bullied his way through Davi Eliasquevici. The South American took a knee twice in the seventh. Bacskai took it on points, 80-70.
Fight # 4
4 X 2 Minute Rounds Flyweight Contest
LISA WHITESIDE (0/0) V DANNI HODGES (4-1-0)
Flyweight, Lisa Whiteside impressed on her professional debut. Hodges’ mouthpiece flew out of the ring from a left hook in the second round. She took several flush left hooks throughout the bout. Whiteside begins her pro career with a 40-36 points victory.
Fight # 5
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
JAMES BRANCH JNR (4-0) V JAN HRAZDIRA (3-12-1)
James Branch Jr. stopped Jan Hrazdira in the second round after body shots were too much for the imported journeyman.
Fight # 6
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest
HARVEY HORN (5-0) V JOEL SANCHEZ (4-2-1)
Former amateur standout, Harvey Horn expertly measured the distance and boxed his way to a straight-forward 60-55 points win.
Fight # 7
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
HARLEY BENN (6-0) V LEE HALLETT (0-16)
A huge left at the very end of the third round badly buzzed Harley Benn. Journeyman, Hallett forced Benn to work every minute of every round. Hallett deservedly won 39-37 to claim his first-ever professional win. The defeat is disastrous for Benn’s future.
Fight # 8
THE VACANT WBO YOUTH LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 135 lbs
BOY JONES JNR (18-2-1) V SHAUN COOPER (8-0)
The crowd for this one were distracted when Tyson Fury entered ringside to take his seat! Shaun Cooper started well and looked good early on. He kept the Jones fans, of which there were a lot, very quiet.
As the bout proceeded, Jones gradually began to control the action in spurts. Cooper was bloodied in the ninth, but it was he who landed with the more hurtful shots. Cooper rightfully claimed the youth title by scores of 95-95, 96-94, 97-93.
Ian Aldous is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @ian7685