Unbeaten super bantamweight Chris Bourke continued his progress through the ranks ad he thumped his way to a unanimous points decision over former British title challenger James Beech Jr on the Joe Joyce-Carlos Takam undercard at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Beech was game but Bourke stuck to counter-punching in the main and found enough openings throughout to dominate the fight.
Beech tried to set a fast early pace, but Bourke was accurate with his shots, particularly a clubbing left hook, one of which landed to Beech’s body early in the second round to make him a bit more circumspect.
In the third round, Bourke counterpunched Beech almost every time he threw his jab and a stinging left near the end of the round had Beech looking unsteady on his feet.
For the fourth and fifth rounds, Beech worked hard to get Bourke out of his stride, with little success. By the seventh, Beech had a nasty swelling over his left eye, although he did have some success when he got Bourke to lunge in and caught him with a good left hook.
As hard as Beech tried, though, Bourke’s accuracy and heavier hands kept him on top. In the eighth round, he had Beech back-pedalling after a body shot and piled on the pressure, although Beech was able to ride out the round.
The ninth was another tough one for Beech as Bourke went for the finish, but Beech stuck to it to see out the round and hear the final bell.
All three judges went to Bourke by scores of 99-92, 99-91 and 100-90. The WBC international belt was on the line.
West London heavyweight David Adeleye is now 6-0 after stopping Bulgaria’s Mladen Manev 1:54 into the fourth round.
To his credit, Manev, who was carrying plenty of spare pounds, gave it a go, happily swinging roundhouse punches in whenever he got the chance. Adeleye soon switched his attack to the body, though, which seemed to curtail Manev’s ambition.
From then on it was mostly a matter of Adeleye trying to pin Manev down. He started to get well on top in the third round and hurt Manev early in the fourth, before dropping him with a right uppercut. He beat the count but was dropped again by a left hook to the body, with referee Ian John Lewis instantly waving it off.
Also on the Wembley undercard, Charles Frankham moved to 3-0 with a wide points win over Dean Jones, while Micky Burke went to 5-0 as he stopped Paul Cummings with a body shot.
There was a worrying end to the cruiserweight fight between Poland’s Michal Soczynski and Matt Sen, who was taken to hospital after being knocked out cold in the first round. Sen was down twice, the first time by a Soczynski onslaught on the ropes.
Sen beat the count and Soczynski was waved back in, but Sen seemed to be half turning away as the Polish boxer landed a huge left hook that sent Sen out under the bottom rope onto the ring apron.