London light-heavyweight Dan Azeez produced a stellar performance over France’s Thomas Faure on Saturday to become European champion in the French capital.
Azeez broke Faure down and eventually stopped the champion in the twelfth and final round with a huge short right hand to claim the Frenchman’s belt in his own backyard.
The 33 year old has now won titles at Area, English, British, Commonwealth and European inside 19 professional contests.
Five of Azeez’s last six outings have also ended inside the distance as the Lewisham man’s record moves to 19-0(13KOs).
Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Lauren Price ran out a comfortable winner in her eight-round welterweight contest versus Naomi Mannes.
Price won all eight rounds on each of the three judge’s scorecards and moved to 3-0 in her third pro contest.
Manchester’s Macauley McGowan was left feeling hard done by in his super-middleweight bout against Frenchman Farrhad Saad.
Two of the three judges scored the fight a 76-76 draw after eight rounds while the third bizarrely ruled in favour of Saad (77-75), meaning the fight resulted in a majority draw.
Many of those watching both ringside and from home believed McGowan was more than deserving of getting the nod on the night.
Controversial scorecards were also a present theme in the card’s main event which saw an all-France heavyweight showdown between Tony Yoka and Carlos Takam.
The latter dominated much of the affair but upon the conclusion of the ten rounds, Takam endured a nervous wait as the judge’s scorecards were counted.
Thankfully, two ruled in favour of the 42 year old, albeit scoring the contest much closer than the majority of onlookers (94-96 twice).
However, the third somehow adjudged Yoka a slight winner by a score of 96-94, meaning Takam was awarded a narrow victory by split-decision.
The result follows Yoka’s majority decision loss to Martin Bakole ten months earlier.
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