By James Slater at ringside
round unanimous decision over Julio Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. Khan and Diaz went to war for twelve great rounds, In the end, after getting decked heavily from a left/right/left combo to the head in the fourth, Khan prevailed by scores of 114-113,0 115-113 and 115-112. Diaz had a badly damaged right eye, yet he tested Khan’s chin a number of times, especially in the late rounds, and in the end a fight of the year candidate was witnessed. Both gave their all.
Unbeaten 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder needed just 70 seconds to destroy 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in the first round of a highly anticipated heavyweight clash. Smashing Harrison with a big right hand as Audley backed into a corner, Wilder followed up and clubbed a defenseless looking Harrison to the mat. Harrison showed heart and got up at 8, but ref Terry O’Connor waved it off. Harrison complained but he looked in bad shape. Wilder is now 28-0 all by knockout. Harrison is now 31-7, 22 KOs.
Middleweight Anthony Ogogo made a smashing pro debut, icing tough journeyman Kieron Gray with a peach of a right hand to the head in the 2nd round. Scoring what may well prove to be the knockout of the night, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist scored a most fan friendly win. Gray somehow beat the count but was in no shape to go on. Time was 2:00. Gray fell to 5-14-1, 1 KO.
Haroon Khan, the 2012 Commonwealth bronze medallist, won his pro debut tonight. Besting a game Brett Fidoe 1-2 (1) coming in, khan used his speed to win by a score of 40-37. Khan perhaps tried too hard to impress at times, swinging wildly. Fidoe came to fight and he did land the odd right to the head. Virgil Hunter worked Khan’s corner.
In an excellent quality fight, Gary Sykes retained his English super feather title with a fairly wide but at the same time hard fought ten round UD over a game Jon Kays. The fight really heated up in the second half, with Sykes taking over and Kays doing his utmost to stay with him – this resulted in some great trading. The final scores were 97-94 98-94 and 98-93 all for Sykes who is now 24-3, 5 KOs. Kays, who fought hard, falls to 16-3-1, 4 KOs.
Unbeaten light welter Terry Flannagan won a one-sided 4th round corner retirement over former lightweight king Nate Campbell. It was one way traffic from the start and Campbell had no answer for southpaw Flannigan and his fast hands. Campbell was taking something of a beating on the ropes in the 4th and he was prevented from coming out for the 5th. A hand injury was called but The Galaxxy Warrior looked like a close to shot fighter tonight. Flannigan is now 20-0, KOs. Campbell is now 36-11-1. 26 KOs.
In tonight’s first fight in Sheffield, unbeaten light middle Rick Godding improved to 19-0-1 with 3 KOs as he won an excellent and hard fought six rounder over former Commonwealth champ Bradley Pryce. The score of the referee and sole scorer was 58-56 for Godding. Pryce falls to 33-13, 18 KOs.
Adam Jones of Doncaster and Tomasz Mazurikew of Poland boxed a fairly entertaining four round draw at light middle. Score was 38-38. Jones is now 2-3-1, 0 KOs. Mazurikew is now 5-8-3, 1 KO.