The show was full of television debuts, and the fighters rose to the occasion
Tonight is the night, that many of the fight card have been dreaming of for the whole of their lives, and that is to put all the years of hard work and determination to the test. The fight card was in doubt two days ago but the show did go ahead and Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions put on a show.
The main event of the evening is for the WBO and vacant IBF European Super Flyweight title, between Quaise Khademi and Ijaz Ahmed. The fight was close all the way through with Ahmed, the Birmingham man, starting the better. Khademi was incorporating the switch hitting technique throughout the contest and looked the better, in the latter rounds. This fight will be a tough one to call. The scorecards are in 95-95 96-95 96-94 and winner by majority decision is Ijaz Ahmed.
And The NEW!— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) February 27, 2021
After 10 rounds of blistering action Ijaz Ahmed is crowned IBF and WBO super-flyweight European champion ????
Just look at what it means to him ???? pic.twitter.com/1xtfQfMvvE
Fury is next! No, not Tyson but his brother Tommy Fury enters the ring in a four round contest against Scott Williams. With John Fury in his corner, Fury has the team behind him to make headway in the light heavyweight division. Midway through the opening round Fury landed some thumping body shots which put his opponent down twice. The fight ended in the next round after more heavy punches, but as a fighter with little amateur experience he is still learning.
Tommy Fury delivers the big dirty knockout, as promised ????— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) February 27, 2021
A meaty right hand closes the show in spectacular fashion ???? pic.twitter.com/azF2qsHsYX
The contest between Nathan Heaney and Ryan Oliver, is a totally different contest then what it should have been. Heaney has one of the best entrances in British boxing today, and his following in Stoke-on-Trent is electric, but in an empty arena the sound of 'Delilah' doesn't do this justice. The fight which was scheduled for 10 rounds, was a great spectacle and Oliver was sent to the canvas in the fifth round. Heaney boxed well over the distance of the fight and carries on his undefeated streak winning on the scorecard 97-92.
An emphatic points decision win for Nathan Heaney ????— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) February 27, 2021
10 rounds in the bank and he's going to really stoke up some special atmospheres when the fans return ???? #HeaneyOliver pic.twitter.com/9rKAv0AYea
The promising amateur talent Amaar Akbar made his professional debut against the experienced Chris Adaway in a four round contest. Akbar had a cut on the right cheek in the first round but according to the referee, who scored the fight, won every round. The decision was a surprising one as Adaway did enough in at least one of the rounds to win one but Akbar was given the scorecard decision of 40-36.
A tough test passed!— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) February 27, 2021
Amaar Akbar gets a debut win over Chris Adaway, as he goes the distance ????
He moves on to bigger and better things ???? pic.twitter.com/PJioVUP8Gk
Another professional debut was on the show, with Adan Mohamed took on Brett Fidoe. Mohamed has won amateur titles in his career, and showed in this contest he has lightening fast hands. 'The pirate' dominated the fight, but did look nervous. He will build on this performance and got decision 40-37
In the opening contest Sam Noakes took on Delmar Thomas in a battle of two undefeated fighters. In the first round Noakes landed an inch perfect right hand, followed by a short uppercut and another huge right. The referee stepped in and stopped the contest, and Noakes stays undefeated and takes his professional record to five contests and five wins. With the news coming earlier in the week that fans could be back in arenas from May or June, which for many on this card, may be the next fight night. Bring on the crowds, and bring on the noise!
An absolute peach of an uppercut causes the damage ????— Boxing on BT Sport ???? (@BTSportBoxing) February 27, 2021
Sam Noakes stops Delmar Thomas in the first round. He moves to 5-0 and has some future ahead of him ???? pic.twitter.com/wM5tFlwo3R