York Hall in Bethnal Green saw a packed Matchroom Boxing event as Eddie Hearn took his NXTGN series back to London, headlined by Conor Benn.
In the main event, welterweight Benn kept a firm grip on his WBA ratings title. The ‘Son of a Legend’ scored a devastating second round stoppage of experienced Finn Jussi Koivula.
Moving to 15-0, Benn came on strong in the second after initially shipping too many punches in the first.
A bit of a scare from a relentless Koivula, who obviously fancied the job, led to Benn upping his urgency and getting the job done.
Earlier, light heavyweight Craig Richards also claimed the 15th win of his career. Richards got a unanimous points win over the undefeated Andre Sterling.
Richards almost ended the fight in the sixth. But eventually won a wide decision after twelve.
In a British super welterweight title offering, Ted Cheeseman struggled to avoid most of Kieron Conway’s punches.
The Londoner proved he learned nothing from suffering a first loss to Sergio Garcia.
Cheeseman’s defence was non-existent, as against Garcia, as ‘The Big Cheese’ used his face as a shield consistently.
Despite Conway finding the target with ease, Cheeseman’s pressure made it an even contest. In the end, a draw was correctly scored.
Hearn admitted Cheeseman must face Scott Fitzgerald in a mandatory next.
It will be interesting to see if Conway is given a chance at Matchroom against the winner of Anthony Fowler v Brian Rose.
Further results saws victories for Reece Bellotti, Charles Frankham and Shannon Courtenay, whilst Otha Jones III impressed against minimal opposition for a first round win.
In a shock at light heavyweight, Duane Sinclair was defeated for the first time in his eleventh fight as Anthony Fox did enough over eight rounds.
Elsewhere in Belfast, super lightweight Tyrone McKenna scored a decisive triumph on the cards over Darragh Foley.
In the process, McKenna claimed the vacant World Boxing Council International Super Lightweight Title.
But it was the light heavyweight fight between Steven Ward (12-0) and Liam Conroy (17-5-1) which firmly overshadowed the lot.
Listen to that roar at the end… 🔊
— MTK Global 🌍 (@MTKGlobal) June 22, 2019
Ward picked up the vacant World Boxing Organisation European Light Heavyweight Title in a hard-fought battle.
An accidental head clash left Ward with no option but to be pulled out in the eighth.
After both fighters had hit the canvas in a barnstorming battle, it was touch and go which way the result would go.
In the end, Ward got 76-75 across the board in what was a firm Fight of the Year contender.
Also on the card, welterweight Paddy Gallagher took out Liam Wells in three rounds. Furthermore, Lewis Crocker, Caoimhin Agyarko and Owen O’Neill all tasted victory.
The eyebrow-raiser of the night happened as Gennadi Stserbin halted Taylor McGoldrick in the opener with a solid right hook.