York Hall, London - In a terrific back and forth war, Liam Walsh (12-0, 9KOs) retained his Commonwealth super featherweight title in ten rounds, after Paul Appleby (17-3, 11KOs) was unable to come out for the eleventh round. Both fighters were hurt bad at certain points and both fighters were down in the fight.
Walsh got up off the canvas in the seventh round and found a second wind that eventually forced Appleby's corner to throw in the towel at the end of the tenth. The referee had been willing to allow Appleby to continue as he staggered back to his stool following a crunching left hook that put him down in the last second of the round.
But Appleby's trainer and uncle thought better of it and called off the fight to ensure Walsh a second successful defence of his title.
It had looked as though Appleby would be taking the belt when he put Walsh down in the seventh with a bullet of a left hook. By that stage, the champion's corner were already patching him up after a cut opened up on his face in the second round.
The momentum swung between the two throughout the fight, with each unleashing brutal combinations on the other, but in the end it was Walsh who was the last man standing after going on the offensive after his own knockdown.
"Richard brought the best out of me, I have a lot of respect for him. He's a true warrior," Walsh told BoxNation afterwards.
Appleby was full of respect for his opponent too, adding: "I thought that was it (in round seven), but he's a warrior and he came back at me and got me."
ON THE UNDERCARD
The crowd was in full swing and full voice for the first of two title fights at the York Hall as two West London fighters Ryan Toms and Steve O'Meara were going to clash for the Southern Area Light-Middleweight Championship.
The challenger began the bout the aggressor and was able to land a flurry of punches to the body in the opening stages and the crowd began to get behind O'Meara as he landed a left hook to the head of Toms.
With seconds to go in the opening round O'Meara produced a stunning left hand shot to the head and sent Tom down to the canvas for the ten count and in turn crowning a new Southern Area Champion and winning the battle of West London to the delight of the fans in attendance.
After suffering two defeats early on his career this was undoubtedly the most accomplished performance of the West Drayton boxer's career and he will now be setting his sights on the British and Commonwealth crowns.
Billy Morgan v Yousef Al Hamidi: - Billy Morgan was looking to continue his unbeaten professional record against boxing warhorse Yousef Al Hamidi.
The pair exchanged blows in the opening round with Morgan on the front foot getting his opponent on the ropes and was landing the jab to nice affect.
After a cage opening round, Morgan flew out of the blocks in the second and produced a nice body head combination which shook Al Hamidi. The Canning Town boxer was on the front foot and had the crowd on his side as the bout entered the latter stages of the second round.
Morgan again came out for the third round the aggressor and and was landing good combination shots throughout the round a lot of the time with out any reply.
The East London boxer was putting on a mature display for only his fourth professional bout. Morgan had Al Hamidi on the back foot and when up against the ropes he unleashed a flurry of hooks to the body.
As the bout was coming to an end the crowd were behind the young local lad and he was replying trying to find a knockout blow, which did not materialise but Morgan had done enough to secure a points victory and keeping his unbeaten record intact.
Tony Conquest v Hastings Rasani: - Unbeaten Tony Conquest came out to a· raptures crowd in a packed York Hall and after a edgy start from both fighters, Conquest started to settle and began to land the cleaner shots.
The second round action started straight away with the Romford boxer landing a clean right hand to Hastings head and continued to beat Rasani's defense. Conquest ended the round as he started and managed to land a number of clean right hooks to the head of his opponent.
Within the opening minute of the third round getting underway Conquest stunned the Birmingham fighter with another right hand to the head. The Romford cruiserweight continued to land a flurry of body and head shots on his opponent with Rasani only land a couple of clean shots in the middle of the round.
Conquest once again came out of the blocks the aggressor and had the 'Warrior' on the back foot,. As the round went on Conquest began landing shots to the body and head at will.
Once again it was the Romford fighter who began the fifth round on the front foot and a minute into the round landed an excellent combination of shots to the head and body. Rasani with blood around his mouth and nose was then shaken again late on in the round· by another wonderful flurry of shots from Conquest.
A great display of boxing by both men was met with cheers heading into the last round of the bout and it was Conquest who came out of the corner the. Midway through the final round Conquest once again stunned his opponent with a powerful shot.
To the crowd's delight the local lad came away with the unanimous decision 60-54 and 'The Conquerer' remains unbeaten.
Ediz Hussein v Robin Deakin: - Ahead of this bout there were a few words exchanged on twitter, but it was now time to walk the walk, with local lad Ediz Hussein making his professional debut.
Hussein came out of the blocks quicker to the delight of the packed York Hall crowd. Throughout the opening round Hussein had Deakin against the ropes and was able to land a number of combination shots to the body.
The second round started in a familiar fashion to the first with the debutant getting his opponent up against the ropes enabling him to land body shots. There was no love lost in this bout and the pair were going toe-to-toe, but it was Hussein landing the cleaner punches.
The crowd enjoyed the action in the ring and both men continued to exchange shots. The East End boxer was putting on a mature display on his professional debut.
Heading into the final round of a bout that was living up to all the pre-hype Deakin needed to go for the knockout and he came out of the blocks quicker but it was Hussein with the crowd chanting his name who was landing the cleaner punches. In the closing stages Hussein showed his dominance with a flurry of blows to Deakin's body, looking for the knockout blow.
It was a great performance from debutant Hussein and he won the thrilling encounter via unanimous decision.
Ediz's father Mo, who was promoted by Frank Warren and a former Commonwealth Lightweight champion in the 1980s, was at ringside to watch his son claim his first professional win - with hopefully many more to come.
Liam Shinkwin v Sid Razak: - Liam Shinkwin was looking to continue his unbeaten record in a packed York Hall. The Bushey Heath fighter looked shell shocked coming out of the corner for the first round and was quickly on the back foot.
Sid Razak landed a flurry of shots early on and sent Shinkwin to the canvas. That seemed like the wake up call Shinkwin needed and he began to produce clear shots and started to daze Razak before sending him to the floor for an eight count after two left hooks.
The crowd were really getting into this fight and both men continued to go toe-to-toe in the second round giving it there all in a back and forth contest.
Shankwin came out of the corner for the third round with more urgency and was landing a combination of body and head shots without reply. Shankwin began to dominate the round and was landing punches with ease.
Both men came out of the blocks for the final round of a back and forth contest and they both looked cagey neither fighting wanting to make a vital error in the final round. Shankwin then produced a flurry of shots to the body in the final seconds of the bout.
Both men produced a thrilling contest and the crowd applauded both men at the end with Shinkwin edging a tight contest 39-38.
Peter McDonagh v Johnny Greaves: - In the first bout of the night at a sold-out York Hall Peter McDonagh and Johhny Greaves went head-to-head.
Irish fighter McDonagah got the better of the opening exchanges in the first round and had Greaves on the back-foot throwing combinations.
Greaves began the second round well with a flurry of punches to the body of McDonagh, however as the round went on, the Galway fighter landed the cleaner and more powerful shots on his opponent
McDonagh once again came out of the corner the aggressor and midway through the bout stunned Greaves.
Heading into the final round it was the East Ham fighter that needed a knockout to come away with the victory and both fighters came out from the corners exchanging blows throughout the entire final three minutes, but it was McDonagh that landed the harder shots.
With the bout going to the judges score cards McDonagh gained an unanimous decision.