Jordan Gill dominated the main event in Peterborough.
Featherweight prospect Jordan Gill didn’t come into today’s fight known as a big puncher, but the 24-year-old bowled over Mexico’s Emmanuel Dominguez in the main event from Peterborough, England, stopping Dominguez at 1:55 of the third round.
Gill (23-0, 7 KO) started nicely in the first round, and then stepped up the attack in the second, repeatedly hurting Dominguez (24-8-2, 16 KO). Dominguez was down two times in the third, as Gill continued to apply pressure and land accurately and cleanly. Dominguez did get up both times, but as he was being further battered, referee Robert Williams made the understandable call to step in and stop what had turned into a beating.
Gill, who won a minor WBA belt with the victory, has his sights set on bigger opponents for the rest of 2019.
“I’m ready for bigger and better things. I’ve won two straps, and I’m coming for more,” Gill said after the win.
“I want to be busy this year, I want at least two more fights,” he added, specifically saying he wants to face WBA “world” titleholder Can Xu or European champion Kiko Martinez.
The cruiserweight co-feature between Richard Riakporhe and Tommy McCarthy wound up an interesting fight. McCarthy outboxed Riakporhe in the early rounds, before Riakporhe landed a big right hand that buckled and eventually put McCarthy down with less than a minute left in the fourth round.
McCarthy did get up, but he was clearly hurt and on bad legs. Riakporhe jumped on the opportunity, throwing bombs at McCarthy until referee Michael Alexander stepped in to stop the fight with McCarthy still standing.
Official time of the stoppage was 2:45 of round four. Riakporhe is now 9-0 (8 KO), while McCarthy falls to 13-2 (6 KO). Riakporhe won, as the commentary put it, on “pure, raw power.” He still has a way to go as a complete professional fighter, but the power looks real.
“I know I can go all the way to the top with a good team around me, trust me,” Riakporhe said after the fight. “He called me a novice. I took that really personal. But I wanted to show him I could box. That’s what I did.”
There were questions of Riakporhe facing Lawrence Okolie (11-0, 8 KO) after the fight, but promoter Eddie Hearn sounds interested in having Riakporhe rematch Sam Hyde (13-1-1, 6 KO). Riakporhe struggled against Hyde in November, but managed to stop Hyde in the eighth round. Dillian Whyte, who manages Riakporhe, also said he feels it’s too soon for Riakporhe to face Okolie.
American prospect Anthony Sims Jr improved to 18-0 (17 KO) with a sixth round stoppage of Argentine journeyman Mateo Veron (28-22-3, 8 KO). The official time of stoppage was 1:54 of the sixth round.
Sims, who is trying to move down to the super middleweight division for the first really meaningful fights of his pro career, was controlled and patient against the veteran, taking his time before finding an opening for a blistering right hand that put Veron down in the sixth. The underdog did get up and fight on, but he was down again not long after. Once again, Veron got to his feet, but the referee made the right call to wave it off.
Sims, 24, is set to return on the April 26 DAZN card from the Forum in California, part of the Srisaket-Estrada II card.
Leigh Wood made quick work of Abraham Osei Bonsu, winning the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title.
Wood stopped Bonsu at 2:43 of round two after a series of punishing body shots put the Ghanaian down for the count.
Wood (21-1, 11 KO) was previously best-known for a loss to Gavin McDonnell in a British super bantamweight title fight back in 2014, stopped in the sixth round of a fight he says came a bit too soon for him. By his own admission, today’s fight came after not having a “serious fight” for almost four years, since beating Josh Wale in 2015.
“It feels great, feels amazing,” Wood said of the win. “I’d been advised body shots could slow him, if not stop him. I invested in them early and he couldn’t take them.”
Bonsu (13-4-1, 11 KO) never got a chance to show much of anything in this fight. It’s generally hard to judge anything by under six minutes of boxing, but it was clear to see that Bonsu was overmatched here.