|Irish based Cuban Mike Perez wins Prizefighter trophy|
Readings Michael Sprott failed in his bid to win a second Prizefighter trophy on Saturday night, losing a split decision in his first contest against eventual finalist Tye fields, in the first International Heavyweight helping of the one night boxing show at the Alexandra Palace by Matchroom Sport.
“Hopefully after this big win I will get a world title fight against David Haye or Wladimir Klitschko, whoever.” added Perez.
|Danny McIntosh losses his belt|
Norwich’s Danny McIntosh has lost his European light-heavyweight crown in his first defence, stopped in round eight by German Eduard Gutknecht in Neubrandenburg on Saturday night.
McIntosh, had claimed the title with a late stoppage over Thierry Karl in Paris in January, looked set for another victory on away soil early on until the pendulum swung dramatically in Gutknecht’s favour after halfway.
McIntosh (12st 5lbs) was his usual relaxed self in the early exchanges but his lax defence offered encouragement to Guknecht (12st 6 ¾ lbs) from the outset. A left hook – right hand combination forced Danny to cover up against the ropes as the bell sounded to end the opening session. Guknecht, adopting a classically European style, looked unremarkable despite his impressive 20-1 (8) record (his only loss being to WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz on points last year), but was strong and wasted little. In contrast, McIntosh constantly loaded up and was breathing heavily from the second round. read a full report on the fight at Boxrec News by Ben Carey.