Battle on the Mersey Results

By Cain Bradley on September 30, 2017
Battle on the Mersey Results
Rocky Fielding came out quickly and stopped David Brophy in one round. (Sky Sports)

When he got Brophy on the ropes, he did not let him off and the referee jumped in after a superb left hook/right hand combination…

Natasha Jonas (2-0) got a comfortable win, boxing in front of her home crowd for the first time as a professional. She stopped Bojana Libiszewska (5-25) in the fourth round with her southpaw right hand landing consistently. Joe Gallagher called her “one of the best I’ve trained.” She still can improve her combinations and keeping one hand up while she throws the other.

Anthony Fowler (3-0) also got a stoppage victory in front of his home crowd. He did what fellow prospects Josh Kelly and Felix Cash could not do when stopping Jay Byrne (5-3) with his body shots. His style is dependent on high pressure and wearing opposition down and I am really not sure how high he can go.

Rocky Fielding (25-1) came out quickly and stopped David Brophy (19-2-1) in one round to combine the Commonwealth and British Titles. He started the onslaught with uppercuts when against the ropes and then dropped Brophy with a big right hand. When he got Brophy on the ropes, he did not let him off and the referee jumped in after a superb left hook/right hand combination. The Jamie Cox fight would perhaps had made sense but the obvious option right now seems to be Hadillah Mohoumadi, the EBU Champion potentially on the Haye vs. Bellew undercard.

Sean “Masher” Dodd (15-2-1) broke the heart and possibly ended the career of Thomas Stalker (12-3-3). His aggressive stalking helped him win a wide decision (118-111 x3) over the former amateur standout defending his Commonwealth Lightweight Title. No one will ever confuse Sean Dodd with a great boxer, but he is courageous and comes forward with an awkward tenacity. For a boxer with such amateur pedigree, it seemed crazy how easy Stalker was to hit. Everything Dodd said in the build-up was true, Stalker is not a fighter. Craig Evans or Joe Murray would be intriguing domestic bouts for Dodd while for Stalker, I think this should be the end.

For those who believed Ohara Davies (16-1) was done after his defeat to Josh Taylor earlier this year, they were proved wrong. He was far too powerful for Tom Farrell (13-1) who was a hot prospect himself after a decent amateur career. He stopped Farrell in the sixth round, when he knocked him down for the fifth time to win the WBA International Title. The long arms and speedy awkwardness of Davies meant he was landing shots from the opening bell. At the end of the first, Davies landed an overhand right followed by a straight left which sent him to the canvas and hanging on to survive. He went down twice in the second, although the second looked suspiciously like a punch to the back of the head. Every time Davies landed it seemed to stun Farrell and many will argue it should have been stopped earlier. Davies is never one to be quiet on Twitter and you wonder if he will create a fight for himself. The Tommy Coyle-Tyrone McKenna would be an intriguing option while Hearn would have to cross match with Frank Warren if he wanted to challenge the Tyrone Nurse-Jack Catterall winner for the British Title. Anthony Yigit defended his European title as well tonight but he may be a bit classy for Davies right now and aiming for bigger things. I wonder if Hearn will look towards Jose Zepeda, Fidel Maldonaldo or Ismael Barroso and try to get Davies on a card featuring the Americans, possibly a co-feature to Danny Jacobs in 2018. The main takeaway here is just how good must be Josh Taylor be!

Paul Butler (25-1) confirmed what we saw in the first fight by defeating Stuart Hall (21-6-2) in an eliminator for the WBA Bantamweight Title held by Jamie McDonnell. The first fight ended in a split decision with Butler taking the IBF title despite looking a bit too small for the weight. He has since grown into to weight and tonight comfortably beat Hall. He boxed off the box foot, letting Hall come to him and picking him off with a variety of shots that landed almost at will. The scores were 117-111 and 118-110 twice. Hall is quite possibly finished although if he wants a final clash with Lee Haskins, it would make for an intriguing domestic bout.

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Natasha Jonas TKO's Bojana Libiszewska 2017-09-30



Anthony Fowler vs Jay Byrne 2017-09-30



Rocky Fielding vs David Brophy 2017-09-30



Sean Dodd vs Thomas Stalker 2017-09-30



Ohara Davies vs Tom Farrell 2017-09-30



Paul Butler vs Stuart Hall 2017-09-30



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