By Alexey Sukachev
29-year old Nigerian southpaw Ajose Olusegun (27-0, 13 KOs) delivered another classy performance and scored a convenient twelve-round unanimous decision over British Nigel Wright (20-6-1, 9 KOs) to retain his Commonwealth light welterweight title for the third time in addition to the newly acquired then-vacant British belt tonight at Olympia, Liverpool. WBC #6 Olusegun controlled the pace of the fight from the starters with his tremendous hand speed and tight defense. Slow but rugged southpaw Wright tried his best to negate his opponent’s reflexes but failed to match his quickness and ring generalship. Olusegun twice took his feet to reduce the throttle in rounds 6 and 11 but Wright failed to capitalize on that. He had his moments in the second half of the fight but it was too late to turn back the tides. At the end, all three judges saw it for the Nigerian guest: 117-111, 117-112 and 116-113. Fightnews scored it wider 119-110 in favor of the elusive Nigerian fighter. Olusegun revealed he had a back injury before this bout, what certainly hasn’t affected his performance tonight. A year ago his points win over the same opponent was much more difficult.
Young local junior welterweight Steve Williams (8-0, 3 KOs) passed his hardest career test with a points victory over tough-as-nails Pole Slawomir Ziemliewicz (18-5-2, 3 KOs). Both fighters gave their all in eight-round give-and-take brawl but 25-year old Williams was just a bit sharper and more consistent in each fought round. The referee, who was the sole scorer, saw it 80-74 for the British fighter.