In unique circumstances that are soon to become British boxing’s temporary ‘new normal’, Brad Foster battled to a unanimous decision victory over James Beech Jr.
With the British and Commonwealth titles on the line, the lack of atmosphere that would normally be associated with a local derby was more than made up for by the fiercely enthralling nature of the bout as British boxing returned with a bang at the BT Sport Studio.
Through the opening six, Foster set a rapid pace and although he had the better of many of the early exchanges, Beech Jr recuperated well from a cut to the eye and retained a foothold in the fight.
The seemingly fresher Foster looked to utilise his mobility and sharply let his shots go on the inside. However, as the pace of the champion and the fight inevitably slowed, the challenger’s efforts increased and he remained a threat to Foster.
Nonetheless, as the contest grew deeper, the edge in experience became evident for Foster as his dominance elevated and he fought off the valiant efforts of the challenger, in what was a cracking contest.
At the culmination of 12 rounds, two cards had Foster up by six rounds and the other card by three, as it was confirmed that he retained the British and Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight titles.
The stylish Hamzah Sheeraz looked razor-sharp as he handed Paul Kean just his second defeat in 14.
The rangey Sheeraz showed patience after dropping Kean in the opening round with a vicious right hand. It was a weapon that the Londoner landed regularly, however, the toughness of his opponent meant that the fight lasted six rounds before the corner of Kean mercilessly pulled their fighter out.
Moving to 12-0, Sheeraz was quick to praise his new mentor in former world champion Colin McMillan, someone who he says is having ‘a big influence’ on his career.
At just 21-years-old, Sheeraz highlighted why many are tipping him to have a big future in the sport, dispatching of Kean in dominant fashion.
Highly-touted heavyweight banger David Adeleye came out with unwavering intent as he sought to land his thunderous right hand on Max Gordon.
Having survived the opener, Gordon’s dwindling comeback was cynically halted as Adeleye’s unrelenting pursuit of the stoppage ensured the fight didn’t see the third round.
The smooth-talking Londoner, who has shared the ring in sparring with some of Britain’s best heavyweights including Tyson Fury, showcased his nimble footwork and fast hands in what was a routine but impressive performance.
Mark Chamberlain opened the show and subsequently brought back British boxing in blistering style with a first-round stoppage of Stu Greener.
The intensity of the pummelling was amplified by the hollow atmosphere in the BT Studio, as the Portsmouth lightweight planted his feet and unloaded heavy shots to the body and head on his way to his sixth consecutive victory.
Daniel Dubois sparring partner, Dorian Krasmaru showcased a wide arsenal of shots as he won every round against the game Phil Williams.
In just his third outing as a professional, the Ukrainian prospect consistently found a home for his clubbing lead hand as he stalked his tough opponent, who forced him to go the distance for the first time.