Ringside: MTK Golden Contract Results
By Ian Aldous: MTK Global’s exciting Golden Contract tournament continued tonight at a sold-out, York Hall in East London. The 126lb and 140lbs tournament semi-finals took place to determine who’d go on to the finals. Here’s what happened:
Golden Contract super-lightweight semi-final – 10 Rounds:
OHARA DAVIES vs. JEFF OFORI
Davies controlled the majority of the first with his jab, but underdog, Ofori wasn’t afraid to push forward. The fight really warmed up in the second as both men threw power shots; both landing decent left hooks. Davies continued to counter Ofori’s pressure in the third and scored a knockdown in the dying seconds of the round.
Ofori’s enthusiasm never waned despite the punishment he was beginning to take. Out of nowhere, at the end of the fifth, Ofori landed multiple shots that put Davies on the ropes to roars of appreciation from the York Hall crowd.
Then, suddenly a series of hard right hands from Davies saw the referee step in and stop Ofori on his feet early in the sixth. In my opinion, the stoppage was maybe slightly premature. Davies appeared to have hurt his right hand via the punches that finished the fight, which could hamper him for the final.
Golden Contract super-lightweight semi-final – 10 Rounds for the WBC International title:
TYRONE McKENNA vs. MOHAMED MIMOUNE
Happy to sit on the back foot in this southpaw vs. southpaw bout, McKenna landed the cleaner shots in the opening round. Former IBO World champion, Mimoune eased into the fight in the second with both men sitting down on their punches. Mimoune’s right eye was clearly damaged just six minutes into the fight.
The pace was utterly relentless. With jabs seemingly being neglected, Mimoune upped the pressure even further in the fourth with seemingly just power punches, yet McKenna beckoned him in for more! As the fight progressed, McKenna appeared to land the cleaner shots, but Mimoune’s were more hurtful.
Blood began to cover the right side of McKenna’s face whilst some of Mimoune’s hooks look dubiously low at times. In the eighth, Mimoune’s ferociousness put him in firm control of the fight as McKenna bravely fought back with little reward.
Permanently on the front foot, Mimoune walked through any riposte McKenna could muster. Somehow, McKenna responded in the final round with a three-minute comeback for the ages. After ten rounds, scores of 96-94, 96-94 & 97-93 saw McKenna surprisingly advance to the final to face his adversary, Ohara Davies.
Golden Contract featherweight semi-final – 10 Rounds:
RYAN WALSH vs. TYRONE McCULLAGH
As expected, the slippery southpaw, McCullagh started well moving on the back foot and hitting the British champion with a handful of shots. Walsh was struggling to pin him down. This pattern continued for round after round and made for a very dull contest after the excitement of the two super-lightweight semi-finals.
The action warmed up a little in the fifth as Walsh gained ground on his awkward opponent. Walsh finally got hold of his man and landed a big right hand in the sixth, ‘White Chocolate’ desperately tried to hold before follow-up lefts and rights floored him.
McCullagh survived and returned to the back foot defensive boxing he relies upon. McCullagh began to wilt under Walsh’s intense pressure in the eight and the ropes seemed to keep him from being knocked down at one point.
A left-hook felled McCullagh in the ninth as he wilted even further. Scores of 97-91, 97-91 & 96-92 put the British champion through to the featherweight final.
Golden Contract featherweight semi-final – 10 Rounds for the WBO European title:
LEIGH WOOD vs. JAZZA DICKENS
A very lively opener saw Dickens land two left hands of note that rocked back the head of the Commonwealth and WBO European champion in the first. There was little to separate them in the second with Dickens’ punches probably the most noteworthy in the third.
The momentum began to swing a little in the fourth with left eye damage becoming a problem for Dickens. It was entertaining with neither pugilist dominating any of the rounds. In the seventh, Dickens landed a big straight left before Wood ended the round with a big left of his own.
It was close, very competitive and hard to call. Then, all of a sudden, late in the ninth, Dickens was a clean punch or two away from finishing proceedings. Wood looked out on his feet for a fleeting moment. Back he came in the tenth; it was brutal and enthralling. Scores of 95-95, 96-94 & 95-94 earned Dickens his spot in the featherweight final.
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