Results: “Juggernaut” Joyce KO’s Joseph Parker in 11!
By Ken Hissner: At the Manchester Arena Saturday over ESPN+ Frank Warren in the Main Event presented Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce knocked out former WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in 11 rounds for the vacant WBO Interim World title.
In the co-feature WBC, WBO and IBO Featherweight champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano in a unification match, easily defeated a game IBF world Featherweight champion Sara Manfoud by decision.
In the Main Event Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce, 15-0 (14), #271 ¼, of Putney, London, UK, knocked out former WBO champ Joseph Parker, 30-2 (21), #255 ¼, of South Auckland, NZ, and Morecambe, UK, at 1:03 of the eleventh round of a scheduled 12 for the vacant WBO Interim heavyweight title.
In the third round, Joyce had Parker hurt and out on his feet with a flurry of punches. In the seventh round, Joyce drove Parker into the ropes in the final minute.
In the eighth round, Parker suffered a cut left eyebrow and was checked between rounds by the referee Steve Gray. In the tenth round, Parker was cut on the right eyebrow but managed to win the round. He tried fighting back, with both fighters looking near exhaustion. In the eleventh round, a left hook from Joyce on the chin and down went Parker. He tried beating the count of referee Gray, but it was waved off as he got to his feet.
In the co-feature WBC, WBO and IBO world Feather champ southpaw Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, 43-2-1 (30), 124 ½, of PR and Brooklyn, NY, defeated IBF World Feather champion Sara Manfoud, 11-1 (3), #124 ½, of Hilleroed, Denmark, over 10×2 rounds.
In the first round, Serrano controlled the round, backing up Manfoud, and landing effective jabs. In the second round, a clash of heads caused a cut on the top of the head of Manfoud in another round for Serrano. In the third, knowing the fight could be stopped due to the cut Manfoud fought back better though still a Serrano round.
In the fourth and fifth rounds, Serrano continued coming forward out working the game Manfoud. In the sixth round, Manfoud landed a lead right on several occasions, possibly taking a close round. In the seventh round, Serrano was landing more power punches than previously easily taking the round.
In the eighth round, it was close, with Manfoud knowing it would take a knockout to win while Serrano won another round. In the ninth round, it was close, with Manfoud landing her best punch, a right on the chin in the closing seconds, good enough to take the round.
In the tenth and final round, it was a good one, with Manfoud landing a solid right at the halfway point but Serrano seemed to secure another win. Referee Mark Lyson had an easy night without one clinch from these boxers.
Scores were 99-92 and 97-93 twice, with this writer 98-92.
IBO World Super Feather champ Michael Magnesi, 21-1 (13), #129, of Cave, Lazio, IT, lost by split decision to southpaw Anthony “The Apache” Cacace, 20-1 (7), #129 ½, of Belfast, No. IRE, over 12 rounds.
In the first round, Magnesi, who is on an 8-fight knockout streak, was the aggressor getting the better of the taller Cacace, who hasn’t fought for over a year. In the second and third rounds, Cacace had an edge. In the fifth round, a clash of heads caused a cut on the left eyelid of Cacace.
From the sixth through the ninth Cacace had an edge moving well against the oncoming Magnesi. In the tenth and eleventh rounds, Cacace does his share of clinching haven’t not fought in over a year though still seemingly having an overall edge. In the twelfth and final round, Magnesi won the round against the fatigued Cacace. The referee was Michael Alexander.
Scores 116-112 for each and 117-111 Cacace.
British, Commonwealth, and IBF Euro champ Welter champ Ekow “The Engine” Essuman, 18-0 (7), #146 ¼, of Botswana and Nottingham, UK, defeated Samuel “True Sensation” Antwi, 14-1 (6), #145 ½, of Stockwell, London, UK, over 12 rounds.
In the first three rounds, all close, with Antwi taking two of them. From the fourth through the sixth rounds, Essuman outworked Antwi, who was the aggressor.
In the seventh round, Essuman rocked Antwi halfway through the round, having him against the ropes for half a minute. In the eleventh and twelfth Antwi finished stronger but not enough to take the win. The referee was Victor Loughlin.
Scores were 115-113, 117-112, and 116-112, as did this writer.
IBO International Middle champ Nathan “Hitman” Heaney, 16-0 (6), #160, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK, won by technical decision over Jack “Quiet Storm” Flatley, 19-3-1 (4), #159 ¼, of Bolton, Lancashire, UK, into the fifth round of a scheduled ten rounds.
In the first three rounds, Heaney had an edge but was suffering swelling outside the left eye. In the fifth round, due to a clash of heads when Flatley came forward into the head of Heaney, causing a nasty cut on his right eyebrow bringing in the ring physician stopping the fight. They had to go to the scorecards. The referee was Steve Gray.
Scores 49-46 twice and 50-45 and 49-46 this writer.
Raven “The Omen” Chapman, 4-0 (0), #125 ¼, of Wycombe, UK, defeated former IBF World Super Fly champ Jorgelina “Jota” Guanini, 10-5 (2), #124, of Necochea, Bueno Aires, ARG, over 8×2 rounds for vacant WBC International Featherweight title.
In the second round, Chapman rocked Guanini with a right on the chin, almost dropping her 30 seconds into the round, and should have been scored a knockdown by Referee Victor Loughlin for her one glove touched the canvas shown on replay. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Guanini came back well enough in even rounds.
In the sixth through the eighth rounds, it was very competitive, with Chapman having the edge being the stronger of the two.
Scores 79-73, 77-75, and 78-74, same with this writer.
Super Middle Mark “Kid Dynamite” Heffron, 29-2-1 (23), #169 ½, of Oldham, Lancshire, UK, stopped Martin Bulacio, 10-7 (7), #168, of Sacanta, Cordoba, ARG, at 1:15 of the first round of a scheduled eight rounds.
In the first round, Heffron landed a right followed by a left, hurting Bulacio and putting him against the ropes. He followed with a combination, and Referee Mike Alexander wisely called a halt.
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