Karriss Artingstall dominated her eight-round step-up against Jade Taylor, winning 79-72 on the referee’s scorecard.
Taylor was the first undefeated opponent of Artingstall’s professional career, and he was also in uncharted territory in terms of rounds, but the Olympic bronze medalist was in control throughout.
His distance judgment clicked into gear from the first round. At first Taylor barely hit him as Artingstall gracefully backed away from incoming punches, only to miss them.
The Macclesfield fighter began to lance strong southpaw crosses.
Artingstall landed those punches even harder in the third round, weaving back and forth, escaping Taylor’s attacks to land a left to the Salford boxer’s jaw.
He stood at close range in the third round as well, starting to grind forward, landing several punches but landing damaging shots of his own.
Artingstall pummeled his opponent with jabs, taking him to the ropes. A left cross hits Taylor’s body, lead hooks then worry about the body and the head.
Taylor, the first women’s champion in the Central Area, has gone 10 rounds before. But it was Artingstall who set the pace. He lands clear punches, a big lead right, then a straight left once more. These painful strikes made Taylor’s head spin.
Artingstall lined up another cracking straight one-two and added to the variety when he hooked his left to stab a straight right.
In the eighth and final round, Artingstall was able to land his hard left cross almost at will, and landed a right hook for good measure as well, clearly winning the decision on points.
Michael McKinson subjected Lebin Morales in a punishing one-sided drubbing, a flurry of weight shots until the referee had to intervene and pull the Nicaraguan out at 1 minute, 25 seconds into the seventh round.
McKinson is not known as a big puncher. He has only won four of his 26 professional fights inside the distance but has now won his last two by stoppage.
Dominant, McKinson dropped Morales with a left short southpaw at the end of the first round. McKinson continued to pressure him.
He sent flush jabs and chucked another hard left after it.
A right hook opens the way for a left cross and he starts shaking the Nicaraguan’s head with hits.
He continued the pace of his attacks. The Nicaraguan disappeared and was in trouble when the referee saved him.
Living underdog Jonathan Gomes de Olivera FALL Razor Ali with a blistering left hook in the second round. But Ali won with a 58-55 point victory after six rounds.
Tommy Welch started brightly and finished with a brace of hard shots but he could not move “The Beast” from Belgium, Amine Boucetta.
He landed a right to the side of Boucetta’s head and rocked him with a left hook. But Boucetta would not give up, even after being moved by an uppercut in the fifth round.
Welch won 59-55 after six rounds.
Lewis Edmondson cracks Petar Nosic with the occasional clean shot controlling the fight only for a clash of heads in the fifth round to leave the Croatian with a nasty cut over his eye.
Nosic had to be stopped and Edmondson won by a 50-45 technical decision.
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