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Wadi Camacho Wins Prizefighter Cruiserweights III

By Alexey Sukachev

York Hall, Bethnal Green, London - It's Macho time! Wadi Camacho (9-1, 5 KOs) effectively ended Hari Miles' "Cinderella Story" and grabbed top honours of this Prizefighter series, when he dropped his opponent twice and stopped him with a minute and thirteen seconds remaining in the second round of the final. Camacho also scored this tourney's only stoppage and did in frenetic fashion.

Camacho started a bit slow against a familiar opponent, whom he stopped in seven less than six months ago. Miles was effective in the first with his left hand, while Camacho did a good job doublingup his jab. In the second there were no Miles and no chance for a sweet revenge. Much faster Wadi started to fast-bully his foe from the get-go in the second. He mixed his power punches to the body to put Miles down midst into the stanza. The Welshman got up but Camacho was all over him and soon had him down and out for the count again. A huge win for the Spain-born fighter.

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The H-Bomb is for Hari Miles now. The Welshman moved on to the final with a spirited effort against ressurected Danny McIntosh (14-5, 7 KOs), doing enough to grant himself a much needed pass. The straight left hand was a major weapon for Miles (now 9-7, 2 KOs), who took the first at the end, then dropped the second but rallied furiously in the third to score a very deserved victory. Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 (twice). The unofficial score by the BoxingScene was 29-28 - also for Miles, who will try to avenge his only stoppage loss, suffered in December 2012 to the same fighter he will face in the final - Wadi Camacho. It's to be said that the Welshman was within the same ring such hard nuts as Mateusz Masternak and Enad Licina and lasted the distance against both of them.

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Wadi Camacho (8-1, 4 KOs) continued his fast roll to the final with a blistering beating, delivered by him to Nathan Owens (6-1-1, 2 KOs), who had lost his "0" in the L column. Camacho was the sneakier of the two and put the better punches together. Owens had some success in the second round but the third proved to be a catastrophe, as he was down three times, though the last couple of falls were ruled as slips by referee Steve Gray. The first knockdown came as a result of a huge right uppercut by Camacho. With a very strong finish Wadi punctuated his victory. Scores were: 29-27 (twice) and 30-26 - for Wadi Camacho. BoxingScene had it 29-27 - also for Camacho.

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In the last and the most meaningful quarterfinal of these Prizefighter cruiserweight series, former European light heavyweight champion Danny McIntosh interrupted his sad series of three consecutive knockout losses by outpointing capable WBO #12 cruiserweight Neil Dawson (11-2, 4 KOs) over three. McIntosh, coming from a lower weight class, was moving faster and punching more elusive than Dawson, who didn't look like a fighter who upset previously unbeaten Tony Conquest in his ultimate fight. Dawson did what he could but judges didn't appreciate his struggles, awarding the fight to McIntosh: 29-28 (twice) and 30-27. BoxingScene also had it 29-28 - for the Morwich fighter. McIntosh improves to 14-4, with 7 KOs, and is slated to face Hari Miles in the second semifinal.

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Journeyman Hari Miles (8-7, 2 KOs) got off to a quick start, landing multiple left hands to the face of previously undefeated veteran Conall Carmichael, and remained his composure till the final bell en route to a hard-fought unanimous decision with identical 29-28 scores in his favour. Carmichael, 34, but fighting just the second year at paid ranks, rallied later on but it wasn't enough to get him a win. He is now 4-1, with 2 KOs, and Miles is going forward to the semifinal #2. BoxingScene was in agreement with official scores.

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Nathan Owens (6-0-1, 2 KOs) retained his unbeaten record and got to the semifinals with a spirited but a bit of a controversial win over former BBBofC British champion Shane McPhilbin (8-7, 5 KOs). Owens started very fast and was all over McPhilbin in the opening round. However, the native of Bulwell was tough and offered hard resistance to a younger fighter. McPhilbin came back strong in the second and dropped Owens but it was ruled a slip by Victor Loughlin. Both contestants fought on even terms during the third and final round. At the end, Richie Davis had it 30-28 - for Shane McPhilbin, but he was overruled by both Steve Gray and Howard John Foster: 28-29 and 28-29. BoxingScene had it 29-29 - a draw.

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In the first quarterfinal of the Prizefighter Cruiserweight III series, Wadi Camacho (7-1, 4 KOs), 28, erased bad memories of his March stoppage loss to China Clarke with a convincing win over Martyn Granger (8-7, 3 KOs). Camacho, a slick southpaw with potent skills and considerable speed, didn't left his opponent a single chance, banging him from all possible angles. Granger never went down but he was well beaten and cut a bit as the fight neared its end. All three judges were in agreement (with BoxingScene) and awarded it to Camacho with identical scores: 30-27.

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