Scottish prospect Willy Hutchinson came through what looked to be the toughest test of his professional career to date as he blitzed Jose Miguel Fandino in only 2:49 of the first round at the BT Sport Studios in London.
The Spaniard gone seven rounds with Sergio Martinez in his previous fight, in the former world middleweight champion’s first fight in six years, but although this super-middleweight fight was scheduled for ten, it never looked likely to go that far.
Hutchinson, 22, who won a gold medal at the World Youth Championships in 2016 in Russia, was happy to move around for the first minute, but when he opened up, Fandino was soon on the floor. A right over the top started his downfall, as Hutchinson pounced, firing home punches to head and body as Fandino sank to the canvas. After Fandino was allowed to continue, Hutchinson went for the finish and it took less than ten seconds before Ian John-Lewis, the referee, to intervene.
“This evening was, in my eyes, fantastic,” said Hutchinson, who improved his record to 13-0. “I’m at my new weight, lightest I have been, I am feeling fantastic, I’ve come out with no marks, I’m ready to go into the next one. I’m feeling really got at the weight, I’m punching really hard and I’m ready for all the super-middleweights.”
Mark Chamberlain extended his unbeaten record to seven fights as he dominated an eight-round lightweight show-opener against Shaun Cooper.
It was Chamberlain’s second appearance in the BT Sport studio, having won on the first card post-lockdown in July. The 21-year-old southpaw is tall for the weight, but uses his height well and put his punches together in good combinations. Cooper was tough and always in the fight, but Chamberlain was always on top and dropped Cooper twice.
For the first two rounds, he was content to size up Cooper, but he upped the pace in the third and really started opening up in the fourth, dropping Copper for a count when he followed up a left uppercut by sinking in three body shots.
Copper saw the round out, but struggled to find his way past Chamberlain’s jab, but he kept trying to find an opening for his left hook and it landed well in the fifth round when he beat Chamberlain to the punch. Chamberlain, from Portsmouth, stayed out of trouble in the sixth, though, as he walked Copper into punches from distance.
Cooper dropped to his knees again in the seventh after a right to the body. He beat the count and bravely battled on to the bell as Chamberlain unloaded. The final round saw Chamberlain box from range and take no chances, as he secured an 80-69 points win on the card of referee Ian John-Lewis.
Luke Jones produced an upset as he stopped Muheeb Fazeldin in the second of a super-featherweight six-threes, snapping Fazeldin’s 14-fight unbeaten record.
Switch-hitter Fazeldin never looked happy as Jones took the fight to him and was never able to impose himself. Midway through the second, Jones caught Fazeldin with a short right hook, which seemed to stun him. As he looked to hold, Jones shrugged him off and landed a hard left-right combination, following it up with a two hard rights, the second of which seemed to land with Fazeldin helpless leaning against the ropes as Bob Williams, the referee, stopped the fight at 2:02.
“I’ve had some bad luck, a couple of bad decisions and it’s been coming,” said Jones, whose record improved to 7-3-1 as he recorded the first stoppage of his career. “I took this fight on three weeks’ notice and I have worked hard. The shot I landed was what we had been working on. I’m chuffed to bits.
“I’ve been too nice in some of the fights. When I was kickboxing I was nasty, I was getting people out of there. I’ve had to adapt. I needed that.”