Conor Benn destroys Jussi Koivula with 2nd-round TKO to retain WBA belt

first_img“Kieron Conway put up a great fight, he’s a tough boy, he has a great work rate, but I do believe I clearly won by four rounds,” he said after the fight. “But it is what it is. I’m gutted. I’m still champ but I deserved the win.”Conway can take a lot of positives from this draw. Expect him to challenge again for the British title. Also on the card:Otha Jones III def. Michael Horabin via a first-round TKO (referee stopped fight); lightweights.Craig Richards def. Andre Sterling via unanimous decision (117-111, 116-111, 115-112); British light heavyweight title final eliminator.Shannon Courtenay def. Valerija Sepetovska via second-round TKO (referee stopped fight; bantamweights.Charles Frankham def. Ilgvars Krauklis via first-round knockout; super featherweights.Recce Bellotti def. Josue Bendana via fourth-round knockout; featherweights.Anthony Fox def. Duane Sinclair. 79-73 on points; light heavyweights Conor Benn defended his WBA Continental welterweight title in empathic fashion Friday, defeating Jussi Koivula via second-round TKO at London’s York Hall.”The Destroyer” (15-0, 10 KOs) rallied after taking a lot of punishment in the opening round of his debut as a headliner. Koivula (24-7-1, nine KOs) caught him with a right hand early and looked determined to get the job done inside the first three minutes. The “Ice Man” continued to take the fight to the 22-year-old champ and eventually sent him stumbling back to the ropes with a left hand. Koivula easily won Round 1 and silenced the crowd, which began to grow nervous. Benn looked to match Koivula’s work rate in the second; finally, with 1:15 gone, he landed a short left hook that sent the Finnish fighter to the canvas. It wasn’t long before Koivula was down again after a flurry of punches. The referee stopped the fight with 53 seconds remaining in the round after Benn backed Koivula up against the ropes and landed a big right hook followed by a left hook.Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a year”He came out firing, tried to throw me out (of) my game plan,” Benn said after the fight. “He thought I was a little boy. I knew he was going to come out like a 35-year-old man, and he thought he could bully me around, but I wasn’t having any of it.””I wanted to get the balance right, the old Conor Benn and the new and improved Conor Benn,” he added. “I think I showed a little bit of both today.”Said promoter Eddie Hearn: “Three of four fights ago I don’t think [Benn] would have of reacted like that.””Now we move into the danger zone, the likes of [Samuel] Vargas and Josh Kelly,” Hearn added. “That could end up being a huge domestic fight, Josh Kelly against Conor Benn.”Co-main event: Ted Cheeseman retains British super welterweight title after split draw with Kieron ConwayCheeseman (15-1-1, nine KOs) defended his Lord Lonsdale belt one fight after suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Sergio Garcia for the EBU European super welterweight title. The judges scored the bout 115-114 for Cheeseman, 116-113 for Conway and 114-114.”The Big Cheese” showed power and persistence against a game opponent.He started on the front foot and landed the better shots in the early rounds, working the body well before going upstairs. As the fight entered the middle rounds, however, Conway (12-1-1, three KOs) grew in confidence and started to land with hook after hook to the body. With blood coming from Cheeseman’s nose in the fifth, Conway continued to land the jab before setting up combos to the head and body. Cheeseman, with his head down and his hands up, walked into the shots before landing a few combos of his own when he backed up Conway against the ropes.With both men fighting on the inside and happy to trade blows, the bout turned into a test of who wanted it more. Cheeseman’s experience appeared to pay dividends in the final two rounds as he delivered well-placed body shots that slowed Conway. Cheeseman looked deflated by the decision.last_img read more

Bayern thump Hanover to go level with second-place Gladbach

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | Thomas Mueller had a frustrating time in front of goal in his 300th Bundesliga game, but Bayern continued their run of form with a 4-0 win at Hanover on Saturday.Joshua Kimmich’s second-minute volley from an awkward-looking flick from Thomas Mueller gave the Bavarians an early lead.Bayern doubled their lead in the 29th minute when David Alaba rocketed a strike into the top of the net from the edge of the box.Kimmich turned provider for the last two goals.In the 53rd minute, he played a low cross for Serge Gnabry who weaved through traffic before toe-poking home from close range.Ten minutes later, Kimmich floated a perfectly-weighted cross into the path of Robert Lewandowski who headed his 10th goal of the season, going to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.Bayern’s win cut the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points ahead of Dortmund’s evening game against Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park. Hanover sit dead last with 10 points from 15 games. Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach, who started the day in second drew 0-0 at wasteful Hoffenheim. The home team dominated throughout, racking up 22 shots to four for the visitors, but were unable to convert.Schalke’s Bundesliga struggles continued, held 1-1 at Augsburg. The visitors thought they had snared the three points in the dying stages after Breel Embolo netted, but the effort ruled out for offside.Mario Gomez secured a valuable win for relegation-challenged Stuttgart who won 2-1 at home to Hertha Berlin.Berlin took the lead in the 38th minute through Max Mittelstadt, before Gomez stretched out a leg to tap it into the bottom left corner in the 64th minute.Gomez added a second just ten minutes later, powering a header into goal after an expert cross from Christian Gentner.Fortuna Duesseldorf improved their chances of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 home win over Freiburg thanks to two goals from Kaan Ayhan.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

World #1 Osaka Beats Coco Gauff with Grace and Class

first_imgIn a much anticipated match, world number one Naomi Osaka and defending US Open champion, handily defeated the 15-year-old Delray Beach tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Not only did Osaka’s amazing performance on the court capture the audience but her selfless and classy actions after the match to console Gauff completely won them over. Osaka hugged a sobbing Gauff and invited her to join her for the encore interview.During the interview, both players were in tears as was the audience as Coco lamented her loss but congratulated Naomi. [email protected]_Osaka_ completes the @usopen Round of 16!The defending champion moves on with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Gauff–> https://t.co/Dj7Hnvt1Cc pic.twitter.com/q1WnaJ8Z5a— WTA (@WTA) September 1, 2019 Naomi congratulated Gauff’s parents for raising such an amazing daughter and tennis player. The sportsmanship is a sharp contrast to Osaka’s experience in the final last year against Serena Williams who had a meltdown with the chair umpire.Williams unsportsmanlike conduct overshadowed Osaka’s win. Osaka excepted the winning trophy with tears streaming down her face as the crowd booed with the President of the USTA Katrina Adams stating…”perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for today “. Osaka apologized to the crowd for winning and thanked the crowd for watching the match.Tennis world awaits a possible rematch between Williams and Osaka in New York.last_img read more