Rising featherweiight Jordan Gill remains undefeated with impressive performance
Rising Featherweight star Jordan Gill produced an exceptional performance to finish Emmanuel Dominguez in the third round of their WBA International Featherweight clash in Peterborough on Saturday night.
Gill (now 23-0 with 7 KO’s) was on point for the beginning and controlled every facet of the fight. He picked Dominguez off at will and imposed his dominance from bell to bell until the Mexican could not continue.
Gill showed tremendous counter punching and had his man hurt in the second with two exceptional left hooks. He nailed a solid right uppercut and another right hand had Dominguez’ legs defying him.
The end came in the third after a hat trick of knockdowns from the relentless Gill, who went looking for the finish as soon as he smelt blood in the water. Dominguez, only stopped once by WBO Champ Emmanuel Navarrette, was no match for Gill and looked hurt by nearly every single punch that was landed. A right and a left hook dropped the Mexican first and then a short range right put him down for a second time. Dominguez showed his grit to continue but was pummelled back to the ropes and the referee showed mercy to stop the fight.
Gill is definitely one to watch in this excellent Featherweight division and surely British Champion Ryan Walsh has to be top of his wish list.
Richard Riakporhe won the battle of the Cruiserweight prospects as he stopped Tommy McCarthy in the fourth round of a scheduled ten, retaining the WBA International bauble in the process.
Riakporhe boxed well behind his jab in the early stages before hurting McCarthy with a slashing right hand across the top of his head at the start of the fourth. McCarthy’s legs never recovered from the knockdown and he was soon on the receiving end of a sustained beating that culminated in the referee stopping the bout following a succession of unanswered right hands.
Riakporhe (now 9-0 with 8 KO’s) is a very raw talent with a lot to learn but he works well off his jab and seems to have the power to hurt anyone in the division. There’s plenty of potential domestic clashes on the horizon with the likes of Isaac Chamberlain, Jack Massey and Luke Watkins as he looks to prove he belongs at the top of the tree.
Leigh Wood stormed through Abraham Osei Bonsu to capture the vacant Commonwealth Featherweight Championship via second round knockout.
Wood started in confident mood as he mixed up a fast jab with solid shots to the body whilst Bonsu tried to keep a tight guard, aiming to counterpunch off the ropes. Wood continued to back the man from Accra up, switching stances as he searched for openings, but the first three minutes passed without too much in the way of eye catching punches.
All that changed in the second. Wood snapped Bonsu’s head back with a stiff jab to begin the round whilst continuing to take charge in centre ring. Bonsu was still feeling his way into the bout but wasn’t throwing enough to dissuade his opponent and that allowed Wood the opportunity he was searching for. A meaty right hand to the body took the breath away of Bonsu, retreating him to the corner, and Wood followed in with a flurry of rights and lefts to the midsection that dropped the visitor to his knees. Bonsu rose and indicated he was ok to carry on following the count although it was clear he was feeling the pain. Wood pursued his man, looking for the shot to end it, and eventually managed to pin Bonsu to the ropes again before uncorking a left and right combo to the body. The Ghanaian took a knee for a second time but he did not rise, choosing to withdraw from any further punishment.
For Wood (now 21-1 with 11 KO’s) this marks the biggest win of his career thus far, the Nottingham man lost a British Title tilt to Gavin McDonnell in 2014, and it now propels him into contention for bigger fights at British level and beyond at this weight class that is currently thriving.
There may be question marks about Bonsu, it was the first time he’d ever dropped down to Featherweight, but Wood can only beat the level of opposition put in front of him and he did it by making a statement. Wood and Jordan Gill are teammates so it is unlikely they will meet but a shot at British Champion Ryan Walsh could be a possibility.
Anthony Sims Jnr added another victory to his ledger by defeating seasoned veteran Mateo Damian Veron.
Sims Jnr stuck behind his boxing through the early rounds, dominating proceedings whilst controlling the pace and distance, whilst gradually wearing Veron down and breaking him up for the finish. Sims works well off of his jab, a weapon that served him so well as an amateur, and in the sixth round it created the gap he needed to drill home a right hand that sent Veron crashing to the deck. Veron was down on his front, looking reluctant to continue, but he got back up and went back about his task. Sims Jnr nailed him with a double left hook and backed him up to the ropes before teeing off with ferocious shots. The referee was taking a good look but Veron was doing his best to smother Sims work and keep himself in the contest. The Argentinian’s right eye was swollen badly as he desperately tried to hold on but Sims nailed him with yet another solid right hand that dropped Veron once more and prompted the referee to stop proceedings.
Sims Jnr (now 18-0 with 17 KO’s) is a systematic destroyer with terrific fundamental skills who looks to have a very big future in the sport. That being said he still hasn’t been tested properly and that needs to be rectified if his name is to be mentioned in the same breath as the top names at 168-175lbs. He’s boxed on Matchroom shows in the US and UK, gaining plenty of experience, but fighting this calibre of opponent isn’t going to progress him too much further.