by Alexey Sukachev
Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield ---- Lucas Browne (20-0, 18KOs), with a horrible cut on his left eyelid, scored several knockdowns before stopping Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-4, 7KOs) in the fifth round to capture the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title and the vacant WBC Eurasian Pacific Boxing Council title.
WBC #11 and WBA/IBF #15 "Big Daddy" Browne was not in great shape for this fight, and that was on display in round one, clearly won by Bahoeli, 32. The second round was all about the same but then Browne landed his right hand cleanly, and the Canadian immediately found himself on the canvas. The same pattern was repeated in the next couple of rounds but with a major difference - Browne, 35, was cut badly over his left eye after an accidental headbutt in round three. The cut was really bad, helping Bahoeli to win the third.
Midst into the fourth, Browne was examined by a ringside physician for the second time. Sensing the fight can be over pretty soon, Browne went for broke and he sent the fragile Canadian down for the second time. Bahoeli barely survived the fourth, but the end was near. Early into the fifth, the Australian brawler once again rocked Bahoeli, pinned him into the corner and landed a massive right uppercut, followed by a left hand, there, which put Bahoeli down for the count.
Young lightweight Scott Jenkins (13-0, 7 KOs) looked superior to his Spanish opponent David Martin Campillo (now 8-2, 1 KO) as he got a well-earned fifth-round stoppage in a scheduled six-rounder. Jenkins, 23, wasn't landing particularly damaging shots but he was very active and he was punching with bad intentions. Campillo did a good work defensively but had little to offer in return. The fight was stopped by referee Terry O'Connor late into the fifth, with Campillo being
punished at the ropes.
Power meant the world for both Frenchman Karim Guerfi and Kazakhstani Zhanat Zhakiyanov in their clash for Guerfi's EBU bantamweight title - the power that Zhanat has, and Guerfi will never have. WBC #6 Zhakiyanov used it effectively to get a come-from-behind one-punch fifth-round kayo over a former world title challenger.
Taller IBF #5 Guerfi was boxing effectively early on. After measuring his stocky but powerfully built opponent, the Frenchman started to work off Zhanat's body in the second and also used his pin-like jab to continuously frustrate the Kazakhstani. Zhakiyanov used elements of a peek-a-boo defense and moved his upper body well to get in close quarters with Guerfi but the latter did a fine work on the defensive and looked superior to Zhakiyanov in rounds three and four after a good span for the Kazakh fighter in the second.
The pattern was almost the same in the fifth round, but Zhakiyanov was still very dangerous with his sudden power shots. Finally, during the last minute of the round, while clearly trailing on points, Zhanat pressed Guerfi into the corner and landed a massive right bomb, which sent the Frenchman down cold. It took Guerfi several minutes to finally get up.
Official time of stoppage was 2:39 of the fifth round. Zhakiyanov moves up to 22-1, with 15 KOs, and rides a perfect nine-fight kayo streak. His potential fight with WBC reigning champion Shinsuke Yamanaka can be a real cracker for the fans. Guerfi, meanwhile, is now 20-3, with only 5 KOs. He has never previously been stopped in his career and once gave a close fight to powerful WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco on his opponent's home turf.