By Alexey Sukachev
It was fast and furious, and it’ll be a moment to remember for a new European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin (25-2, 18 KOs), who has just annihilated capable IBF #5 “Idi” Amin Asikainen at Velodrome, in Machester, UK. Both fighters started the first round quickly, peppering each other with fast and hard combinations. However, once WBC #13 Macklin unloaded his left hook, the fight was virtually over, as Asikainen (26-3, 17 KOs) went down very hard. The Finnish boxer barely made it upright but was floored seconds after with a crushing right hand by Birmingham’s native. He once again beat the count but referee Luigi Muratore waved it off at 2:34 of the first anyway, seeing no consciousness in Amin’s eyes. Ricky Hatton, who is promoting the event, promised to deliver title opportunities for the local crowd-pleaser in the nearest future.
Peterborough’s Cello Renda not only moved to 18-7-1, with 11 KOs, but also clinched a spot to fight for the British middleweight title after a devastating knockout of previously unbeaten yet totally untested Dudley’s Sam Horton (13-1, 2 KOs). Renda dominated the bout from the outset. Early in round two he floored Horton with a crushing right hand to the jaw and, after Horton had beaten the count, he finished him off with a scaring left hook to the temple, prompting the referee to stop the contest here and now. Horton was able to regain the full consciousness not before spending several minutes on the canvas.
Talented Martin Murray (16-0, 6 KOs) started the chain of middleweight knockouts with the first-round stoppage of Georgian George Aduashvili (10-6-1, 6 KOs). Aduashvili was down first after Murray’s jab to the belly and then put down with a chilling left hook to the liver. Aduashvili was unable to get up in time.
Helsinki-based Norse Andreas Evensen (10-1, 1 KO) stopped Gianpierro Contestabile (14-2, 7 KOs) in the fifth round. Super bantamweight Joe Murray (4-0, 1 KO) scored his first win inside the distance with the opening-round TKO over no-hoper Delroy Spencer (11-89-3, 1 KO).