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Felix Cash, Anthony Ogogo, Andrea Scarpa, Kal Yafai Win at O2

By Miguel Assuncao

O2 Arena, London - Wokingham's Felix Cash (debut) beats Yailton Neves (0-1-0, 0KOs) on points over four rounds in his introduction to the paid ranks. The referee scored the fight 40-35.

Middleweight Cash, 23, dropped Neves with a sharp straight right hand in the opening exchange of the first round and followed up with an impressive combination of body work with straight shots at mid range.

Cash - a former Team GB amateur - landed a number of clean hooks and uppercuts in the second and third as he looked to start his pro career with a stoppage won, with Neves offerering little in return.

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Portugal-born Neves showed plenty of heart as he took more punishment in the fourth as Cash continued to come forward, but survived until the final bell as the Englishman had to settle for a comfortable points win.

Andrea Scarpa (19-2-0, 9KOs) beats John Wayne Hibbert (17-3-0, 11KOs) to claim the WBC silver super lightweight title. Referee Ian John Lewis stopped the fight at 2.55 of round 6 due to a cut over Hibbert's right eye.

Scarpa - fighting outside his native Italy for the first time - looked comfortable fighting at mid range and cut Hibbert with a left hook on the inside in the second round, before following up with well timed straight right counters in the third.

Hibbert is well known for being involved in domestic fight of the year contenders, and had to show his fighting spirit when he was put down in centre right with a crushing right hand in the fifth.

The Essex man remained positive and continued to press forward but was often guilty of smothering his work, getting countered in the process.

Hibbert, 31, looked hurt from a neat three pinch combo in the sixth and after being referred to the ringside doctor over his worsening cut, the referee waved off the contest.

Anthony Ogogo (9-0-0, 5KOs) steps up his return from injury with a win over Frane Radnic (11-2-0, 10KOs), whose corner threw in the towel at the end of the first round.

The London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist has only boxed twice in the last 24 months due to a combination of achilles and shoulder injuries, and seemed keen to impress as he sent Radnic to the canvas with a flush left hook just before the bell in the opening round.

Radnic - who had never been stopped - beat the count but didn't recover sufficiently to his corner's liking and was retired to the delight of the vocal Ogogo support.

Ogogo, 27, is now looking to build momentum and stay busy for the remainder of the year.

Kal Yafai tunes up for a potential autumn super flyweight world title challenge with an emphatic first round stoppage win over Hungary's Jozsef Ajtai (15-3-0, 10KOs).

The Birmingham man was in no mood to work overtime as he took control of centre ring, landing a thundering left hook to the body to send his Budapest-based challenger to the mat.

Ajtai, 19, took China's Zou Shiming the distance in his last outing, but he was unable to cope with Yafai's power and was grounded with another bodyshot before the referee waved off the contest with 1.42 on the clock in the first.

Yafai is expected to fight Kohei Kono or McJoe Arroyo for a world title in Birmingham on October 27.

Welterweight Ted Cheeseman (4-0-0, 3KO) chalks up his third victory of the year with a fifth-round technical knockout of Danny Little (4-17-2, 0KO) to get the undercard action underway at the 02 Arena, London.

The 20-year-old Bermondsey boxer dominated from the off and had his opponent back-peddling with a uppercut to left combination in the first round.

Little – from Yorkshire – tried to press on the front foot in the second and was made to pay when he was sent to the canvas from a crisp left hook before shipping a succession of right hands in the third.

Cheeseman was reminded he was in a fight when he was caught by a sneaky uppercut in the fourth but finished the job in the fifth, landing another pinpoint right hand that had his opponent turning his back on the action, leaving the referee no option but to bring proceedings to a halt.

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Comment by Clegg on 06-25-2016

Yafai has looked like he has world class potential for a while now. Too soon for the guys like Gonzalez but hopefully the Kono fight happens, they've been name-dropping him for a few months now. I like Cheeseman's name, hope…

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