Jason Cunningham continued the Indian summer season to his profession as he added the British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles to his European title with a unanimous determination over Brad Foster in Birmingham.
Cunningham, 32, who went on a run of three defeats in 4 fights in 2017-2018, produced an upset to defeat Gamal Yafai to life the European title in Might, however snapping the unbeaten of unbeaten British and Commonwealth champion Foster is one other massive step ahead.
However he produced a superb second half of the combat and received it with a dominant ultimate spherical. For the primary 5 spherical, the slick boxing Foster had been in cost, however Cunningham warmed to the duty and piled strain on Foster, who additionally had a degree deducted by referee Mark Lyson within the eighth spherical.
Nonetheless, the combat hung within the stability on the ultimate bell, with many pondering Foster had performed sufficient. The judges disagreed, as Victor Loughlin, John Latham and Ian John Lewis gave it to Cunningham by scores of 115-114, 116-112 and 114-113 respectively.
“That is probably the most lovely belt in boxing,” stated Cunningham pointing to his Lonsdale Belt.
“He was difficult, he most likely received the early rounds however I can canine it out. I requested if the judges would give me a good roll of the cube and so they did.
“By no means quit in your goals, I used my failures to study. At all times preserve going.”
Ekow Essuman made a profitable first defence of his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles as he knocked out Danny Ball within the sixth spherical.
It was a powerful show by Essuman, who was making a gift of top however was beating Ball to the jab early on and used it to arrange some damaging assaults.
After being harm within the third spherical, Ball stepped on the tempo and went for broke and he had some success within the fourth as he shocked Essuman with a proper and regarded to observe up. ut Essuman was capable of flip Ball on the ropes and trapped him there for just a few moments.
The top got here within the sixth, although, when Essuman landed an enormous proper and adopted up with a two-fisted onslaught with Ball trapped within the nook, that noticed him fall face first to the ground, with blood pouring from his mouth, as he was counted out.
Former world title challenger Callum Johnson needed to work onerous earlier than claiming a majority factors win over Server Emurlaev, of Russia.
It was a affected person displaying by Johnson, who was the aggressor of the pair however when typically discovered himself picked off on the best way in. One choose scored it 95-95, however the different two went for Johnson 96-94 and 99-92.
Tremendous-bantamweight Liam Davies is now 11-0 after a large ten-round determination over Dixon Flores, of Nicaragua. Two judges gave it 100-90, with one giving Flores a single spherical, 99-91.
Ron Lewis is a senior author for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Instances, the place he labored from 2001-2019 – protecting 4 Olympic Video games and quite a few world title fights throughout the globe. He has written about boxing for all kinds of publications worldwide because the Nineteen Eighties.
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