Harlem Eubank secured the biggest win of his career as he recorded an overwhelming unanimous ten-round decision over Tom Farrell at York Hall in London.
Eubank, 28, a super-lightweight, who is the cousin of Chris Jr (his father Simon, a former welterweight, is the older brother of Chris Sr), dominated the fight, switching well between the jab and piling in with hooks up close. There was one worrying moment, when he was hurt in the fourth, but Eubank came through that well to extend his unbeaten record to 16 fights.
The Brighton boxer had been due to be on the cancelled Benn-Eubank bill, but he was given a headline slot on terrestrial television on Channel 5 instead and produced a fine display.
“I’ve had a good busy year and that is what I need to keep refining my performance,” Eubank said. “I’m continuously learning, I had a short amateur career and I am progressing every fight.
“With the name you get the excess pressure. Tom was at 120 percent tonight.”
Eubank started well and dominated the first three rounds, backing Farrell up and winging in quick hooks with either hand.
Things turned around in the fourth round as Farrell caught Eubank on the end of a long right and Eubank’s legs turned to rubber. With Eubank backed against the ropes, Farrell piled in, landing two decent rights before Eubank tied him up before firing back late in the round.
Blood ran from Farrell’s nose in the fifth round as Eubank regained control, while Farrell tended to stand in front of him, making it difficult to get out of the way of Eubank’s attacks.
In the sixth round, Eubank was given a warning by referee Mark Bates for rabbit punching. But Eubank began using his jab well and forcing Farrell to come forward into trouble.
In the eighth round, Farrell seemed to be hurt by a clash of heads, followed by a punch, but Bates took no action beyond a brief timeout to check on Farrell, but Eubank was going through the gears a bit now, landing one flashy left hook.
Eubank continued to dominate behind the jab, although he was staggered by a Farrell right in the ninth round and while Farrell battled to the final bell, Eubank just had the edge in quality throughout.
Lee Every scored it 99-92, while Chas Coakley and Sean McAvoy both had it 99-91, which was fair enough, although it didn’t reflect Farrell’s contribution to a good fight.
Former WBO middleweight title challenger Liam Williams got back to winning ways as he flattened Nizar Trimech in the second of a middleweight fight ambitiously scheduled for ten rounds.
It was a big win for Williams, who had not won in over two years, having lost to Demetrius Andrade and then Chris Eubank Jr. He had even suggested that a defeat here might have meant the end of his career.
There was no chance of that, though. Williams just punched too hard and too straight from Trimech, who was out of his depth.
“It was bang on, just what he needed,” Williams said. “It wasn’t a world-beater in front of me tonight, but he was a decent opponent, he gave some good names good fights. I didn’t expect it to be that easy.
“I needed that bit of a confidence boost after the two losses against Andrade and Eubank and it was a bit of a kick in the nuts. I needed that to lift me back and now I am ready to push on and will fight anyone.
“I promised myself that if I didn’t win and put on a good performance I was done with boxing, I was walking away. I know I have still got plenty in the tank, but if I couldn’t perform tonight, I’m not going to do this any more because I am not a loser, I am a winner. I want to be back on top.”
Williams went straight after Trimech from the first bell, catching the Frenchman with hard rights. Trimech tried to punch his way back and caught Williams with a decent left hook, but he was soon on the floor as Williams missed with the right and followed through with a left that dropped Trimech on his backside.
The Welshman kept on top of Trimech for the remainder of the round and into the second round but the end, when it came, was spectacular. With Trimech backed into the ropes, Williams landed flush with a big overhand right and, with Trimech stunned, he followed up with a left hook that sent him heavily onto the ropes and the floor. Referee Lee Every did not bother with a count as he waved it off at 2:13 of the round.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.
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