Boxing Results: Eggington stops Theophane
By Ian Aldous: Sam Eggington returned to the win column with a TKO of forty-year-old veteran Ashley Theophane in Redditch, live on Channel 5.
From the opening bell, Eggington stamped his authority on the bout by pushing Theophane to the ropes, landing hooks to the body and head. Theophane was kept up by the ropes and took a count in the second from a shot that didn’t appear to land flush.
Theophane returned fire, but his shots just didn’t have the impact in comparison to the ‘Savage’s.’ He was gradually punching the life out of the former world title challenger’s in-ring career in the third and fourth rounds. A massive right to the body in the sixth finished Theophane. He rose at the count of ‘9’, but the fight was waved off.
Serving as chief support, Kaisee Benjamin and Ben Fields met in a clash of styles for the Midlands welterweight crown. Benjamin employed skillful switch-hitting whilst Fields’ looked to get in close and land big shots. A compelling contested ensued as back-foot boxing met come-forward aggression.
At times, Fields pushed his luck with the use of his head before an uppercut badly wobbled Fields in the seventh, and the fight looked almost over. He recovered well and even had success afterward. Nevertheless, Benjamin correctly prevailed via a 97-95 scorecard, and the Birmingham man secured another Midlands title to add to his collection. An English title shot may well loom next.
To celebrate signing with Hennessy Sports, Stephen McKenna scored his sixth consecutive stoppage win as a pro. The standout amateur swung relentlessly with lefts and rights whilst neglecting his jab for the first couple of rounds. MJ Hall began to unravel under the intense pressure when a succession of big right hands in the fourth-round bloodied his nose. Hall was saved from unnecessary punishment in the fifth-round when the contest was halted, despite his protests.
Idris Virgo remained unbeaten with an easy four-round shutout points win over 200+ fight veteran Kevin McCauley. The 2018 Love Island contestant looks to be finding his punch power as he grows into his boxing career with a left hook, in particular, shaking McCauley to his boots in the second-round. The ‘Bodybreaker,’ unsurprisingly, worked the body with regularity. We’ll see just how good the newly-signed Hennessy Sports fighter really is when he steps up his competition.
Aaron ‘The Silencer’ McKenna maintained his unbeaten record with a devastating body shot in the final seconds of the second round. Jordan Grannum bravely rose and survived the round. Grannum then retired injured in his corner as the young Irishman, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and making his UK debut, continues his blistering rise through the ranks.
Twenty-one-year-old Michael Hennessy Jr., son of promoter Mick Hennessy, earned his fifth win as a pro, boxing beautifully with his educated jab. He began to land more body shots and uppercuts as the fight headed towards the six-round distance. He did everything apart from stop the spirited and bloodied Dale Arrowsmith en route to a 60-54 points victory.
Debuting heavyweight Tommy Welch began his professional career with a win over Matt Gordon. The son of former British heavyweight champion Scott Welch scored a second-round TKO as referee Ian-John Lewis, somewhat surprisingly, stopped the contest with Gordon still on his feet.
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