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Ovill McKenzie Stops Tony Dodson In Three, Eyes Title Fight

By Jake Donovan

Ovill McKenzie impressed early and often in pounding Tony Dodson into submission in the third round of their headliner Friday evening at Bowler’s Arena in Manchester, U.K.

The official time was 1:08 of the third round.

The fight was an indication of ring records not always telling the entire story. McKenzie carried a less than stellar win rate of barely over 60% prior to the showdown with Dodson, but has put his ‘Upsetter’ nickname to use in the past. He entered the fight on the heels of a 1st round knockout of previously once-beaten Jeff Evans, capturing a vacant domestic belt in the process.

McKenzie (19-11, 8KO) was every bit as dominant here, as Dodson never had a chance to get going, or even offered any desire to take the lead. Despite a KO to win ratio of less than 50%, McKenzie showed why he is rapidly developing a reputation as a puncher.

It began with his pair of brave showings against title challenger Tony Bellew, in which McKenzie floored his foe repeatedly in the first fight before succumbing in the eighth round. Their rematch was less competitive, with McKenzie making his presence felt but dropping landslide decision.

Friday’s result now gives the transplanted Jamaican two straight knockouts, this one forcing the British boxing scene to stand up and take notice given the relative ease in which he handled Dodson.

After two rounds of controlling the action, McKenzie saw something in his opponent that told him to press down on the accelerator and not let up.

“I know he didn’t want to continue,” McKenzie said of his mindset entering the third round. “I (caught) him in the third round and kept going until I stopped him.”

McKenzie did just that, twice flooring Dodson (28-7-1, 14KO) in the third round before the bout was mercifully halted.

 “I just said to myself, ‘Don’t look for that big one shot, just catch him when it’s there’. I stuck to my game plan and (caught) him once the opening was there.”

That opening gives McKenzie his second straight knockout, thus bringing a halt to Dodson’s four-fight win streak in the process.

While proving his worth on the domestic level, McKenzie fully believes it’s time to take his talents worldwide. 

“I’ve love to fight for a world title. Anything that comes my way, I’ll be ready.” 

In the co-feature, Ronnie Heffron impressed in stopping the normally durable Ionut Trandafir Ilie (14-12-1, 2KO) in their welterweight scrap. A well-placed left hook to the body by Heffron (9-1, 5KO) was enough to send the Romanian journeyman to the canvas, where he was counted out. 

Rising super middleweight prospect Warren Tansey (8-1, 3KO) extended his unbeaten streak to nine straight, albeit in an uneven performance as he was awarded a six-round decision over Emmanuel Moussinga (0-2) in the televised opener. 

The lone scorecard (UK rules have the referee as the lone judge for non-title fights) of 60-55 wasn’t quite indicative of what took place in a bout that could’ve went either way.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cloud on 02-04-2012

Ovill is always value for money. He is not great, I admit that but you are always guaranteed a good fight. He is a really nasty finisher at times too. Ovill has power.

Comment by giacomino on 02-03-2012

Yes, certainly, a mediocre fighter with a 19-11 record who beats a mediocre domestic opponent with a 24-7 record should be in line for a world title fight

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