In a dramatic third week of Matchroom Fight Camp, Felix Cash defended his Commonwealth middleweight title against the gutsy Jason Welborn.
Cash cannoned home combinations at the expense of Welborn, who had brief moments of success but was inevitably overwhelmed by the champion.
Welborn’s considerable will was eventually wilted by the power of Cash, especially as he fired to the body of the brave Midland fighter.
Having taken a knee, the towel of Welborn was thrown into the ring in round five, as Cash secured a well-deserved victory and set himself on the path to the next level of his career.
In his Matchroom debut, Zelfa Barrett scored a dramatic come-from-behind stoppage victory over Eric Donovan.
35-year-old Donovan rolled back the years and called on all his boxing ability in an enthralling fight between tow talented charges. In spite of him evidently having less power than Barrett, Donovan boxed well and showed ring smarts to take a strong lead in the fight.
The talented pair exchanged and Donovan’s mesmerising movement was slowed by Barrett’s cynical shots to the body as the fight grew.
As the bout seemed like it was slipping away from the Manchester fighter he landed a thunderous left hook to Donovan, dropping him in devastating fashion.
Amidst a barrage of shots from Barrett, Donovan hit the canvas once more in the round, before surviving to hear the bell.
In round eight, Donovan looked relatively steady as he sought to survive, however, a perfectly timed powerful left hook from Barrett brought the fight an abrupt end and secured the super-bantamweight with a knockout of the year contender on his Matchroom debut.
In what was undoubtedly his toughest test in the paid ranks, John Docherty dispatched of Anthony Fox in round seven.
The feeling-out process in the opening bout was non-existent as the pair landed heavy shots from the opening bell.
Docherty used his range and became more in control of his boxing as the fight grew on, utilising his sharp jab to keep the dangerous Fox at bay.
The fast handed Fox enjoyed strong early moments from the outside, however as Docherty found his range and grew into the fight the Westbury fighter’s success wilted.
In what seemed like a slip, Fox was given a count in the third round as Docherty continued to apply pressure. In the penultimate round, Docherty imposed his power on Fox, who was saved by the referee after taking a knee.
Northampton’s Kieron Conway looked impressive in earning a convincing points win over Nav Mansouri.
There was very little to split the pair in the opening four rounds, however, Conway remained composed as his dominance deepened into the second half of the bout.
Conway stuck to his boxing and rocked the tough Mansouri in the latter stages, before earning a unanimous decision verdict.
In one of the fights that garnered significant interest in the buildup, the widely tipped Rachel Ball caused an upset by defeating Shannon Courtenay.
The fight lived up to the hype, as momentum swayed back and forth as both fighters had strong moments.
In what proved to be a pivotal moment, the previously undefeated Courtenay came out with intent before opening up recklessly on the inside and getting floored by a left hook that was as instinctive as it was lethal.
Courtenay recovered well nonetheless and sought to take control of many of the middle rounds through unrelenting pressure.
Ball, however, weathered the storm and picked her shots well to secure a 97 – 95 decision, in what was an engaging battle. Following the victory, an emotional Ball was keen to emphasise just how important the victory was to her.