Report and results from the Frank Warren Night of Champions event, where Akeem Ennis Brown looked very unlucky to lose to Sam Maxwell
This Frank Warren promotion from Birmingham was named Night of Champions but the biggest headline from the show was a highly controversial changing of the guard, as Sam Maxwell became the new British and Commonwealth super-lightweight king, at the expense of the previously unbeaten Akeem Ennis-Brown.
Maxwell, still undefeated, had his moments in a scrappy affair replete with holding and head-clashes, but appeared to be outworked for the most part, particularly on the inside. The unanimous verdict prompted more complaining on social media than the tedious nature of the contest itself, which is saying something.
The Liverpool man insisted he had done enough and ’Riiddy’ was classy in defeat, but we may need a rematch to address this questionable result.
The win for Anthony Cacace, who retained his British super-featherweight crown against a game Lyon Woodstock, was far less contentious. The rangy Belfast man was dominant, dropping Woodstock in the fourth and hurting him on other occasions. The Leicester challenger came into things more in the later stages but it was far too late. Cacace took a clear, deserved unanimous decision.
The other big title fight, a rematch between Ijay Ahmed and Quaise Khademi, delivered the excitement but ended in a draw, unfortunately leaving the British super-flyweight title vacant. Ahmed had won their first battle but it was hard to split them with the Lonsdale Belt on the line, following an absorbing war. A third contest will be needed.
The undercard saw easy wins for a returning Anthony Yarde ahead of his October 9 rematch with Lyndon Arthur and huge ticket-seller Nathan Heaney, from Stoke.