Vinco Boxing‘s maiden boxing show concluded with a fourth-round stoppage victory from Liam Taylor over Martin Harkin on Saturday night.
Middleton’s Taylor landed a much-needed victory at the Bolton Whites Hotel, scoring three knockdowns over the Dumbarton man on the way to getting his hand raised.
The fight was fought at a fast pace from the off as both men looked to assert their authority on the contest. The first major breakthrough came in the third, a round which saw Harkin come out fast before an onslaught of hooks to head and body from Taylor appeared to put a dent in the Scot. Harkin looked to slip and counter the barrages coming his way before a right to the temple bundled the away man to the canvas. Harkin made the count and saw out the rest of the round, but Taylor no doubt carried the momentum as the fight moved forward.
The fourth saw more success from the thirty-one-year-old, who set about his opponent as he looked to force a stoppage. To his credit Harkin fought back showing great heart but a right-hook to the body followed by another short hook to the head had Harkin down again. The Scot again regained his feet but the body shot still looked to have been impacting him, and he was down again just seconds later from another right-hand. Harkin again got up on the eight count but the writing was surely on the wall as more bundles of hooks pounded against his midriff. Harkin again stumbled to the canvas and this time referee Kieran McCann had seen enough, waving the bout off exactly halfway through the fourth round.
Taylor picked up his twenty-fifth victory in twenty-eight outings in the process in a victory which will kickstart his career to what he hopes will be more big fights at 147lbs. Harkin was brave throughout, never once shying away from the battle but appeared unable to do anything to stem the momentum of the thirty-one-year-old Taylor who was determined to get his hand raised.
Birmingham super-featherweight Raza Hamza maintained his unbeaten record with a comfortable six-round points victory over Nicaragua’s Darwin Martinez in the chief support. Hamza looked confident throughout and was a deserving winner on referee Jamie Kirkpatrick’s 59-54 scorecard as he continues to chase down shots at domestic honours.
Featherweight Adam Carberry stopped Reynaldo Cajina inside three rounds, scoring his second win inside the distance in the process in four outings. Heavyweight Ricky Gorman also won every round of his four-round contest against Milen Paunov on his professional debut.
Fellow debutant Lee Millburn was not so fortunate however, suffering defeat to Steven Maguire at welterweight after suffering an injury to his thumb in the second round.