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Battle On The Mersey Results


By Steven Bateson


Paul Butler secured a unanimous points victory over Stuart Hall in their WBA Bantamweight eliminator on Saturday night at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

Butler demonstrated his superior boxing ability from the beginning and throughout as he slipped and countered the one paced, one dimensional Hall.

The two men met in 2014 for the WBO Title and it ended in a split decision win for Butler but this time he was completely comfortable, nullifying Hall’s attacks and refusing to allow him to use his strength on the inside.

Hall’s best round was the third and he caught Butler with a solid right hand counter but he was never able to build upon it and soon he found himself chasing the shadows of the Ellsmere Port fighter, who sparkled on his Matchroom debut. Butler displayed measured attacks and precision counters as he moved through the gears, albeit that he probably had a lot more left in the locker considering he was never put under enough pressure to tire.

Under the promotion of Eddie Hearn it is very likely we will see Butler competing for world championships in the near future, perhaps in all British clashes with Jamie McDonnell and Ryan Burnett should the two men successfully defend their belts in the coming weeks.

Scorecards read: 117-111, 118-110 x2


Ohara Davies got back to winning ways with a sixth round demolition job of Tom Farrell, winning the WBA International Title in the process. Farrell, unbeaten before this, was down five times in what ended up a total mismatch, quite arguably the fight should have been stopped a whole lot sooner. Farrell went down heavily from a huge right in the very first round and he amazed the watching crowd as he managed to get back up. Two more knockdowns followed in the second round and there was question marks as to whether Farrell’s corner should save him from his own bravery. The local man performed admirably through rounds three-five but he was outgunned and outclassed, every shot that landed from the rangy, heavy-handed, Davies seemed to shake him to his boots. A ferocious onslaught from Davies began round six and forced Farrell, now busted up and battered, to one knee but still he refused to quit and tried to fight on, only to be clattered back to the canvass by another clean bomb. The referee finally waved it off and saved Farrell from more pain and suffering, something his corner should have done much earlier. It was very uncomfortable to watch at times and although Farrell’s heart and grit should be applauded it was a poor display by both referee and the home team. Davies deserves respect for bouncing back from the Josh Taylor defeat in July but question marks will remain until he steps back up in class and proves he belongs at that level.


Sean Dodd successfully defended his Commonwealth Lightweight title and won the local derby with an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over Tom Stalker. Stalker, with his elite amateur pedigree, started the bout well and was timing Dodd expertly but all too soon he was dragged into the trenches by an opponent who much prefers a brawl. Stalker would have been so much better boxing at range, deploying the skills we know he was, but he just did not have the power to stop the relentless march forward of his Birkenhead foe. Stalker was attempting to box a counter style but it was Dodd who figured him out and scored counters of his own, shocking many who believed he couldn’t match the skills of the former Team GB captain. At times Stalker was able to show his ability, causing a swelling under his opponent’s eye, but Dodd was the man landing the eye catching shots, crunching home several straight right hands that whipped back the head of "El Capitan". Dodd was uncomfortable at times with the southpaw stance but Stalker was not throwing in combinations or capitalising on the openings that came his way, allowing the champion to keep fighting at his own pace. The tenth round was the pick, Stalker let loose with several multi-punch combinations to head and body but Dodd continued to bomb forward and answer with shots of his own, both men opting to stand a trade which delighted the crowd. Dodd (15-2-1) was just busier, outhustling and outworking Stalker, and in round twelve he hurt Stalker to the body and head, opening up a cut over the Liverpudlian’s eye, to cement his overall dominance. Scorecards read: 118-111 x3


Rocky Fielding absolutely destroyed David Brophy in the first round of their British & Commonwealth Championship fight. It was billed as a real 50-50 fight but Fielding started like a house on fire and just blew away his opponent away, showcasing the power punching that makes him a threat at 168lbs and adding Brophy’s Commonwealth belt to his British. Brophy had already weathered heavy shots but it was a glancing left to the temple that made his legs betray him, an onslaught then followed and he was forced to take a knee. He beat the count but he was unsteady and Fielding poured it on, finally finishing the Scotsman with a sustained flurry on the ropes that included two sickening shots that sent Brophy’s head snapping back. Fielding (25-1 with 14 KO’s) has to now be looking toward European level as he attempts to build toward a potential assault on the fringe world level.


Fighting for the first time in Liverpool was Anthony Fowler as he disposed of the very tough Jay Byrne in four one sided rounds. Fowler controlled the fight from the start with his solid, hurtful, jab and soon reddened the face of his opponent, who was constantly on the backfoot. Fowler could have potentially targeted the body earlier in order to work himself more openings but it was an impressive display against a durable foe with aspirations of his own, who eventually could not withstand the beating bestowed upon him. Byrne has two previous losses on his record but had never been stopped until he ran into Fowler, who was just too skillful and powerful. A hard jab to the body, following a left hook, had Byrne on a knee in the fourth round and although he got back up he walked straight into two beautiful hooks to the body, dropping him for the finish. There is plenty of learning to be done but Fowler (3-0 with 3 KO’s) is certainly a force to be reckoned with at Super Welterweight and beyond.


Natasha Jonas’ homecoming fight ended with a solid four round stoppage over the tough Bojana Libiszewska. Jonas works extremely well out of the southpaw stance and could not miss with the right jab, left straight combination. Miss Team GB will have been glad of the workout against an opponent who has mixed in very decent company, setting her up for bigger and tougher tests down the line. Jonas was guilty of maybe rushing her work in the early rounds, looking to put on a show from her local fans, but eventually she settled down into a nice rhythm and dominated proceedings. Libiszewska, only stopped once before this, was hurt a few times in the third from body blows and head attacks, demonstrating Jonas’ power, but showed grit and toughness to see the round through to the end. Jonas started the fourth and final round with renewed vigour and landed some crunching left hands, prompting the referee to step in and spare the Pole any more punishment. It is not time to be talking about Jonas (2-0 with 2 KO’s) at the elite level of the women’s game just yet but she is certainly developing and showing signs of the class that took her to the Olympics as an amateur.


Dereck Chisora marked his first fight under the Matchroom banner with a six round decision over Robert Filipovic. Chisora is scheduled to fight for the European Title on November 4th and this was just a warmup for that, allowing Chisora some rounds to dust off any ring rust. Filipovic stood his ground but was too easy to find by the big left hooks that Dereck chose to throw in the fifth round. Chisora (26-7 with 18 early) wasn’t sparkling but he will be looking to impress in Monaco as he attempts to move back toward the world title scene and potentially a re-match with Dillian Whyte.


Scott Fitzgerald extended his unbeaten ledger to 8-0 with 6 KO’s as he disposed of veteran Bradley Pryce in five rounds of a scheduled eight. Fitzgerald was cut early but he came on strong and finished the job with a heavy combination on the ropes, dropping the former Commonwealth champion.


Local Cruiserweight Craig Glover (5-1) recorded a first round stoppage over Hungary’s Ferenc Zsalek to kick off the action.



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