Jorge David Castaneda came on strong in the second half of his ten-rounder with Youssef Khoumari to claim a deserved majority points decision that snapped Khoumari’s unbeaten record at the O2 Arena, London.
It was a high paced fight of two halves. For the first half, the fight swung one way and then the other, as Khoumari seemed to gain the upper hand and then Castaneda would come back strong.
The difference seemed to be that while Khoumari’s shots seemed to bounce off Castaneda, the Texan’s punches slowly wore Khoumari down.
One judge, Andreas Stenberg, had it level, 95-95, while Mark Lyson and Guido Cavalleri had it to the American by scores of 97-94 and 96-94 respectively. The win handed Castaneda the WBC international silver super-featherweight belt.
Khoumari began well, boxing behind the jab, but Castaneda came back in the second. The third saw Khoumari restore control but when the pair went toe-to-toe in the fourth round, Castaneda seemed the happier.
Khoumari landed a good right in the fifth and then got through to Matyja in the sixth, landing flush with a left hook, uppercut and an overhand right, plus switching the attack to the body. That against seemed to inspire Castaneda, who was only too happy to exchange, and he landed two good rights of his own as he backed Khoumari into the ropes.
The seventh was more of the same, although Castaneda was on the front foot until Khoumari landed a huge left hook that again seemed to have little effect on the Texan, who kept coming forward throwing.
A right from Castaneda seemed to have Khoumari in a bit of trouble for the first time in the eighth, as he backtracked to the ropes, leaning away to ride out the problems.
The further the fight went, the more Castaneda was taking over and he was dominant in the ninth, throwing punches at a rate that Khoumari just could not match.
Khoumari worked hard in the last round, but whatever he did, Castaneda matched and came back with more.
Victor Loughlin was the referee.
Jordan Thompson unleashed a huge right hand to knock out Piotr Podlucki in the first round of his Matchroom debut to extend his unbeaten record to 11.
Thompson, 28, a huge, athletic cruiserweight whose father, Geoff, was a world champion at karate, towered over Podlucki, who tried to put it on Thompson from the opening bell. But Thompson soon gained control and finished matters in spectacular style, leaning back to make space for a big right that sent the Pole to the floor.
Podlucki did his best to get back to his feet, but referee Kieran McCann, counted him out as he rose at 2:52.
Ellie Scotney looks a serious prospect and was given a decent test by Spain’s Eva Cantos in their super-bantamweight eight-rounder before claiming a 79-73 decision from referee John Latham.
Scotney, in her first fight since switching trainers to Shane McGuigan, set a fast pace and kept the pressure on Cantos, who knew how to look after herself and never stopped trying.
Irish heavyweight Thomas Carty bludgeoned his way to a three-round victory over Igora Vasiljevs, of Latvia, to go 2-0 as a pro.
Carty took the first two rounds to find his range, but when the southpaw began landing with a left, he kept throwing it. A series of hard lefts rocked Vasiljevs repeatedly and, when the Latvian looked hurt and had his right eye swollen shut, perhaps referee Sean McAvoy should have taken the moment to stop it.
But despite spoiling some of his work by leaning on Vasiljevs, the accumulation of blows eventually sent the Latvian to the floor where he sat out the full count at 2:49 of round three.
John Hedges moved to 3-0, winning every round of his light-heavyweight six-rounder against Ben Thomas. The tall Hedges picked his punches well, keeping Thomas under steady pressure and was well worth his 60-54 win from referee Latham.