Sheeraz survives scare to remain unbeaten, and Heffron impresses


Ron Lewis watches the common-or-garden Sheeraz rises from the ground to prevent Torres atop entertaining invoice

IF THERE is one guy now not purchasing into the hype this is surrounding Hamzah Sheeraz at the moment, it's the guy himself. The lately elected British Younger Boxer of the 12 months took any other step alongside the path to the celebs all potentialities attempt to apply as he stopped Francisco Torres in 5 rounds on the Copper Field in East London.

It was once a dominant show, even supposing Sheeraz did have to pick out himself off the ground within the 3rd around, having been stuck extensive open when he was once going for a end after scoring a knockdown himself.

Sheeraz knocked Torres down 3 times (two times in that 3rd around). At 6ft 4in, the 23-year-old, who moved to 16-0, has huge bodily benefits and, as he confirmed towards Torres, even his jab can knock other folks over.

There may be communicate of matching Sheeraz with British champion Denzel Bentley, which might be a large step ahead. However now and again it's tricky to stay expectancies life like when it will probably really feel like somebody with a natty pair of shorts is being labelled as a “long term international champion”.

BT Game, who broadcast Saturday’s display, have by no means knowingly undersold anything else, however their caption, stating Sheeraz, possibly in error, as the brand new WBC middleweight champion, omitting the phrase “silver”, was once indisputably striking carts prior to horses.

“I don’t wish to get forward of myself, I do know I've were given a protracted, lengthy, lengthy strategy to move and I’m going to stay my toes at the flooring,” Sheeraz stated.

Sheeraz did little greater than take a look at his vary within the first around prior to enforcing himself in the second one. Early within the 3rd around, Torres was once at the flooring from a left jab, however as Sheeraz went for the end, he was once stuck by way of a proper and dropped himself.

Sheeraz seemed extra pissed off than harm and, remarkably, he had the Argentinian once more in the similar around, with no consideration hook knocked him down alongside the ropes.

The fourth around proved to be fairly uninteresting by way of comparability, as Sheeraz walked Torres backwards, running the jab neatly, however he completed in taste within the 5th, touchdown two excellent slicing rights, prior to losing Torres onerous with a large proper. Torres beat the rely however referee Mark Lyson waved it off at 1-56.

Mark Heffron stops Lennox Clarke to develop into British champion (Scott Rawsthorne / Queensberry Promotions)

Mark Heffron changed into a British champion on the 3rd strive as he stopped Lennox Clarke for the super-middleweight name in a mystery, having in the past misplaced to Liam Williams and Bentley at middleweight. He additionally gained the Commonwealth name and a minor IBF belt for excellent measure.

Clarke continued a torrid first around, as Heffron landed time and again with onerous, quick hooks. Clarke was once rocked persistently, as Heffron may now not pass over, however in some way he stayed uptight.

The minute’s leisure looked as if it would do wonders for Clarke, despite the fact that, as he got here out to take the battle to Heffron in the second one, as he started to stroll via Heffron’s punches.

Heffron edged the 3rd and fourth rounds, prior to taking overall keep an eye on within the 5th. When one left hook staggered Clarke again to the ropes, Heffron pounced, touchdown two extra onerous head punches prior to referee Bob Williams jumped in to prevent it at 2-28.

Clarke was once livid, despite the fact that, as he two times driven Williams after which shoved Heffron as he ran across the ring in birthday party.

It was once a troublesome name, Clarke had taken quite a few heavy photographs and been rocked, however he had normally shrugged them off. It's good to perceive the disappointment of Clarke, for whom turning into British champion had supposed such a lot, however you'll want to additionally recognize Williams’ view.

Dennis McCann is a reputation that many talk of as a long term celebrity, however at 21 he's so much closer the beginning of his adventure than his vacation spot. He recorded his very best win to this point by way of preventing former British name challenger Jimmy Beech Jnr within the 8th around of 10 at featherweight.

McCann began like a whirlwind, knocking Beech down within the first. He looked as if it would transfer off within the center rounds, however he regained keep an eye on, softened Beech up and dropped Beech with a clubbing proper hook within the 8th, then selecting his photographs neatly to have Beech in hassle at the ropes, the towel flying in from Beech’s nook, prompting Loughlin to wave it off. The time was once 1-34.

Nick Ball pressured a stoppage towards Nathaneal Kakololo 93 seconds from the overall bell of their 12-round featherweight battle.

Ball gave away quite a few inches to Kakololo, however beat him to the punch all the way through and timed his assaults neatly, drawing within the Namibian.

Kakololo was once tricky, despite the fact that, taking quite a few stick prior to after all being stopped within the 12th, referee John Latham stepping it at 1:27, because the Namibian became clear of a Ball onslaught.

Masood Adbulah moved right down to super-flyweight as he prolonged his unbeaten file to 5 fights with a hard earned eight-round determination over Buglaria’s Tinko Banabakov, referee Williams scoring it 77-75.

Pierce O’Leary lived as much as his nickname of Large Bang as he uncorked a large proper hand to prevent Spain-based Nicaraguan Robin Zamora in the second one around of a super-lightweight 8. Zamora picked O’Leary off within the first around, however a large proper hook left Zamora status however defenceless. Referee Sean McAvoy was once fast to weigh up the placement and waved it off at 1-01.

Mild-heavyweight prospect Karol Itauma stopped over-matched Michal Gazdik, of Slovenia, at 0-50 of the fourth around.

Ryan Garner boxed at a top tempo to outpoint Christian Lopez Flores, a Mexican residing Spain, at super-featherweight, referee McAvoy scoring 80-72.

Khalid Ali blasted out Des Newton in the second one in their super-welterweight six-rounder. A large left dropped Newton, the again of his head hitting the ground rope, which was once a cue for a ringside physician to leap into the hoop, simplest to then be driven away by way of referee Bob Williams who had made up our minds to rely Newton. He did make it to his toes, just for Williams to then wave the battle off at 0-54 of the around.

Umar Khan needed to get off the ground in the second one around prior to extending his unbeaten file to 4 fights with a six-round determination over Engel Gomez, from Nicaragua, by means of Spain. Referee John Latham scored it 58-56 to Khan.

Sonny Liston Ali claimed a 60-55 determination from referee McAvoy over Chris Adaway at super-lightweight. Sean Noakes stopped MJ Corridor at 2-45 of the second one around at welterweight.

THE VERDICT: Sheeraz confirms his high quality and Heffron presentations ongoing development