Nick Ball showed he was another potential star from the Paul Stevenson camp in Liverpool as he battered Isaac Lowe to defeat in six rounds on the Tyson Fury-Dillian Whyte undercard at Wembley Stadium.
Lowe, who features on many Tyson Fury undercards, had a huge height and reach advantage but after a round of sizing him up, Ball took total charge in the second round, rocking Lowe with a left uppercut and left hook and then dropping him with a big left 30 seconds from the end of the round.
Ball was timing Lowe so well and another big right, straight down the pipe, staggered Lowe in the third as Lowe also suffered a nasty cut over his left eye.
Lowe did his best to force Ball back in the fourth, but although he had some success and worked hard, when Ball threw, he usually landed and by the end of the fourth round, Lowe’s face was masked in blood.
At the start of the fifth round, Lowe was taken to a ringside doctor, who allowed it to continue. Lowe bravely came forward, throwing punches non-stop and having some success, but Ball nailed him regularly with the left hook.
Lowe kept the pressure on in the sixth, forcing Ball back on to the ropes, while Ball tucked up. But when Lowe missed and almost went through the ropes, Ball seized his chance, hammering Ball with three left hooks as Lowe was half turned away, prompting referee Victor Loughlin to wave the fight off, just as the towel was thrown in from Lowe’s corner at 1:45.
Ball moved to 15-0 as he collected the vacant WBC Silver featherweight title, While Lowe, the former Commonwealth champion, lost for the second time in a row.
Tommy Fury had plenty of support among the ever-growing crowd at Wembley but he was taken the six-round distance by Poland’s Daniel Bocianski.
Fury tried everything to get Bocianski out of there and dropped him in the fifth round, but he was guilty of loading up too much at times and seemed to get tired in the middle rounds.
Bocianski was staggered in the second round, when he missed with a right and Fury nailed him with a straight right counter of his own, although Bocianski survived Fury’s follow-up attack, before being hurt by another right late in the round.
Fury got through with a good combination in the third, but there were signs in the fourth round that Fury was looking tired, although Bocianski had a nasty looking cut over his left eye.
Fury threw Bocianski to the floor early in the fifth round, but after the Polish boxer landed a big right of his own, Fury replied with interest before knocking him down with a right near the end of the round.
This time Bocianski held on as Fury went for the finish. And while Fury did his best to end matters in the final round, Bocianski saw it out to the final bell, before dropping a 60-54 decision from referee Kieran McCann.
Heavyweight David Adeleye moved to 9-0 as he stopped the rotund Chris Healey in the fourth round.
Adeleye was happy to take his time as he generally beat Healey to the punch and slowed the heavier man down.
Early in the fourth, a left, then a right landed cleanly, knocking Healey’s head back and leading to referee Chas Coakley stopping the fight at 0:52 of the round.
Karol Itauma administered a one-sided beating on Poland’s Michal Ciach, who was stopped in the second round of their light-heavyweight four-rounder.
Itauma was on top of Ciach from the opening bell, cutting down the ring and switching from head to body. It was a right to the body that set up a knockdown in the first round.
The one-sided attack continued in the second round until Ciach went down again, referee Chas Coakley waving it off as he rose at 2:27. Ciach complained but had barely landed a punch.
Itauma is now 7-0 as a pro.
Irish Olympian Kurt Walker was taken the distance in his second professional fight by Romanian journeyman Stefan Nicolae. Referee Chas Coakley scored it 40-36.
Royston Barney Smith also won his second pro fight by the same score, this time from referee Kieran McCann, as he beat another Romanian Constantin Radoi. Smith tried his best to finish Radoi in the first round, trapping him in a corner and landing a series of big lefts, but Radoi survived the round and managed to get through the remaining three rounds.
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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