Last night saw a very busy bill with Matchroom’s prospects all taking a run out to try and prove themselves, and we had a couple of debut fights on the card. The bill was topped by Ohara Davies taking on WBC Silver Super Lightweight Champion Italian Andrea Scarpa.
This is Davies’ first step up in class as there is no denying the level of opposition he has fought since turning pro hasn’t been anything of much relevance, however he made an easy nights work against Scarpa beating him by unanimous decision on some very wide scorecards to take the title from the Italian. He boxed smart to start off with, his jab being absolutely dominant and looking dangerous in the early rounds of the fight but as the night went on he became a bit reckless throwing huge open shots that would have been more damage than good if he was against someone with a slick counter punch.
Still a very promising prospect in Eddie Hearn’s stable and he does look to be the real deal. The fight wasn’t one for the history books but its what Davies needed to move forward, hopefully next year we see him fighting for the British and maybe after that fighting for the European.
Hearn also debuted his first professional women’s fight last night with Irish Olympian sensation Katie Taylor taking on polish journeyman Karin Kapinska and finishing her off in the third round very convincingly. It was a very successful start to her Matchroom career as she bought a great atmosphere and I think we were pleasantly surprised with the performance she put in.
A very seasoned Carson Jones defeated undefeated Matchroom fighter Ben Hall by stoppage and becoming the new WBC International Silver Super Welterweight Champion. Jones proved way to early for Hall’s career as he broke the young Brit’s heart very early on. Hall started the first round looking very well however Jones soon started using his experience and picked Hall apart quite easily.
Hall should have been finished a round earlier than it ended, going back to his corner with what seemed to be a broken hand, but he carried on and looked to have dislocated his shoulder the round after. His corner threw the towel in towards the end of the fight giving Hall his first professional loss, Jones saying he would give the rematch if the price was right.