Sam Eggington defeated Bilel Jkitou by split decision, to defend his WBC Silver Title
Lockdown is over now and the sport of boxing is BACK, with more professional shows taking place worldwide on a daily basis. This time around we are in Coventry, and its the eagerly anticipated contest between Sam Eggington and Bilel Jkitou for the WBC Silver Middleweight Title, at the Coventry Skydome, live domestically on Channel 5 and promoted by Hennessy Sports.
Eggington is on a two fight winning streak following his controversial loss to Ted Cheeseman at Fight Camp in 2020. Since this loss, he has stopped Ashley Theophane in the sixth round and also won unanimously over Carlos Molina winning the WBC Silver Middleweight Title in the process. Jkitou, comes into the contest undefeated in his 15 professional fights with 6 of these fights coming by way of stoppage. This will be a tough test for 'The Savage' as Jkitou, like all undfeated fighters, is confident in pulling off a victory and taking the title back to France.
Words cannot describe how good of fight this was too. From the very first bell both men, stood toe to toe, head to head and gave everything they had in the ring. Its a phrase that gets mentioned in boxing, but not as much as it should, but this fight is a contender for fight of the year.
For the full twelve rounds, both men gave everything they had and left it all in the ring. Sam Eggington won the contest by a split decision, and he retained his WBC Silver Middleweight Title. If you get a chance to watch this fight, please do as you will enjoy it from start to finish.
Kaisee Benjamin took on Jarkko Putkonen over a 10 round distance. Benjamin showed why he was the midland champion and was also involved in the ultimate boxxer series. His opponent Putkonen offered little, in terms of dangerous shots, coming back at Benjamin. At the start of round 3, Benjamin stepped into another gear which produced theknockout finish, which was only his fourth in his professional career. Victory tonight will catapult Benjamin towards a title fight in the not so distant future.
Isaac Chamberlain took on Ben Thomas in a 6 round contest and, Chamberlain returned to the ring in destructive fashion. At the end of the first round, Chamberlain landed flush on his opponent, who went crashing to the floor. He got up before the bell, and beat the referees count. Once he went to the stool, the corner signalled the referee and Thomas didn’t come out for the second round. There was signs of apologies from the Brixton man towards his corner.
Isaac Chamberlain destroyed Ben Thomas at the end of the first round ????????— IntuBoxing (@IntuBoxing) September 10, 2021
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Also on the undercard, Shakan Pitters took on Farouk Daku in a 8 round contest. Pitters totally dominated his opponent from the first bell and the physical advantage began to take its toll on Daku. In the 7th and 8th round the away fighter kept behind the guard and didn’t throw much back at the former British champion. After a big knockdown in round 7, the crowd were on the edge of their seats as they thought that the finish was going to come but never materialised. Pitters took the win by points decision 80-70.
Next there was a tale of two brothers. The McKenna brothers. Stevie McKenna was in action, on the live broadcast when the show on Channel 5 started, fighting over a 6 round distance with Moussa Gray. ‘The Hitman’ had his brother walking behind him to the ring. Stevie, is a multiple time amateur Irish champion and Commonwealth youth gold medalist in 2015. The very first punch by Stevie, nearly produced a knockdown, and moussa gray couldnt handle the power of Stevie early on in this fight. After the first round Moussa gray performed better and handled the power of Stevie better. This was a cracking contest with both fighters throwing punches, but unless gray landed something destructive in the final round the contest would be awarded to Stevie. Steve won the fight on points with the referee scoring the contest 60-54 to the Irishman.
The other McKenna brother, Aaron, dominated throughout the first round and landed heavy body shot repeatedly. Aaron seemed to just flow round the ring and his accuracy was very impressive. Aaron controlled the fight from the opening bell, and in the sixth and final round Aaron kept the pressure going but looked more for the knockout with every elapsing second. Finally he did manage to get two knockdowns in the last round but, Gogosevic got up both times and the fight went the distance. The referee scored the contest 60-52, and Aaron McKenna, was awarded the victory.
The hometown hero, River Wilson Bent was also in action tonight over a 10 round distance against Gabor Gorbics. Bent entered the ring in deafening fashion as the crowd cheered on their hero from the first bell. For the first three rounds, with the roar of the crowd behind him, the fight looked like this was going to be settled early, but this wasn’t to be. The fight went the distance and River Wilson Bent won every round comfortably and took the decision 100-90.
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'The Coventry Crusader' won infront of an electric home crowd 100-90 ????????
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Michael Hennessey Jr produced an early finish in what was a clinical performance, in what was only his eighth professional contest, winning by stoppage for the first time in his career. The 21 year old is gaining valuable experience everytime he comes into the ring, and has a bright future ahead of him.
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Undefeated Brighton prospect, Tommy Welch was undefeated after 4 fights and he had won all 4 of his previous encounters by stoppage. But, came up against a stubborn Terrero in his fifth professional contest. Welch came to the ring dressed as the Joker, with the slogan "Why So Serious?" and then his serious side, definitely came out once the bell rang. Welch took the referee scorecard 40-36,and moves to 5 fights and 5 wins.