Ricards Bolotniks won the MTK Golden Contract light heavyweight final as Serge Michel was retired by his corner ten seconds from the end of the tenth and final round at Production Park in Yorkshire.
It was a dominant display by the Latvian, who hurt Michel in the fourth round and dropped him twice on a painful night for the German. He then expressed interest in a fight against Anthony Yarde.
The win secured the 30-year-old a two-year five-fight deal with MTK Global guaranteeing him a six-figure purse for each fight.
“I’m just so happy,” Bolotniks said. “Maybe Anthony Yarde, Maybe we will have a fight next year. I am ready for 12 rounds, for 15 rounds, for 30 rounds!
“I will go and drink a beer and eat pizza.”
Bolotniks had reached the final with a comfortable win over Hosea Burton, but made a sluggish start as he allowed Michel to force the pace in the opening two rounds. He picked things up in the third and the started to get through to Michel in the fourth, hurting Michel with a body shot and the following up to have the German in trouble.
Michel finished the fourth well but was hurt again by a left hook to the body early in the fifth and when an overhand right send him falling back into the ropes, Michael Alexander, the referee, gave him a count. Again, he tried to turn the tide, but was under heavy pressure.
By the seventh, Bolotniks was in control, using the jab well and unloading when he wanted, while Michel was having to fight hard just to stay with him. In the eighth round, Michel landed an eye-catching uppercut, but it seemed to have no effect on the Latvian, who hurt Michel with a body shot late on.
There was more stick for Michel in the ninth, but he was not to hear the final bell. By the last round Alexander could have stepped in at any point, but he didn’t.
Bolotniks pressed on in the final minute and eventually battered Michel to the floor. He beat the count, as his corner waved the towel. Alexander didn’t notice and waved Bolotniks back in. Fortunately, Bolotniks declined to continue hitting the beaten fighter and pointed to the corner as Alexander belatedly accepted the retirement.
Harlem Eubank recorded the best win of his career as he claimed a wide ten-rounds points decision over Daniel Egbunike in an eliminator for the English super-lightweight title.
Eubank set a decent pace, kept moving and dominated, keeping Egbunike busy with his jab and was first to the punch throughout. Egbunike tried to press but struggled to get in range. When he did have success, he was unable to follow it up. Referee Phil Edwards scored it 97-94 to Eubank.
“Danny is a dangerous guy,” Eubank said. “I tried to keep it clean and use my boxing. Last time I didn’t get a chance to show my boxing. This time it was make him miss, make him pay. I handled the game plan fairly well.”
The first three bouts on the evening saw shutout points wins for three novice pros.
James McGivern showed plenty of impressive moves as he win his second professional fight with a six-round points win over Jordan Ellison at lightweight.
McGivern looked to be set for a quick finish when he floored Ellison woth an excellent left hook to the body near the send of the second round. Ellison scrambled to his feet and just beat the count, although he was in for some more stick, sticking his tongue out at McGivern when he was under pressure in the third. He dug in, though, and lasted the distance, referee Phil Edwards scoring it 60-53.
Fearghus Quinn recorded his second pro win as he comfortably outpointed the tough, but outgunned Scott James, coming closest to stopping the gallant James in the final round of a super-lightweight six-rounder. Referee Phil Edwards scored it 60-54.
Adam Azim made a successful professional debut with a six-round points win over Ed Harrison. Azim looked rangy and moved well, but was never under any real threat. Phil Edwards scored it 60-56.