London – Middleweight Sam King (2-0, 1 KO’s) got tonight’s Queensberry Promotions show underway and notched up his second professional victory with a third round stoppage of Polish visitor Bartosz Glowacki (7-14-1, 5 KO’s) at the Copper Box Arena.
There was no feeling out process. Both fighters let their hands go and although the fight was untidy at times, the 23 year old from Luton landed the cleaner punches throughout. At times, King let Glowacki get off first and took a couple of left hands but he slowly but surely got his jab and right hand working and one right uppercut caused the Pole’s eye to swell badly. A ringside doctor inspected the damaged and decided the fight needed to be stopped. The official time was 1.01 of the third of a scheduled four.
‘Classy’ Charlie Hickford (2-0 1 KO’s) stayed unbeaten by outclassing Colombia’s Yin Caicedo (9-15-4, 3 KO’s) in their four rounder.
It was plain sailing for the 22-year-old featherweight from Hertfordshire who found the mark with his counter right hand from the opening seconds. Hickford was a talented amateur and found the wild, unorthodox Caicedo easy to find. Hickford looked to have dropped Caicedo with a right hand at the end of the first round but it was called a slip as the fighters’s feet became tangled following the shot. It was clean accurate work throughout from Hickford who went through his full repertoire of tricks and he dropped Caicedo at the end of the second with another counter right. He began to put his punches together in the third and after catching the Colombian with a nice three punch combination, the referee stepped in to stop the fight. The time was 1.02 of the third.
Aloys Youmbi (6-1, 6 KO’s) goes by a few monikers. The explosive cruiserweight lives up to his nickname of ‘The Animal’ but is most commonly known as Aloys Junior. Still only 20, Junior is developing into a must-see television fighter. It is just over two years since he made his professional debut against an unbeaten fighter on just 24 hours notice and dropped a close decision. Since then he has stopped every opponent he has faced. Milosav Savic (9-7-1, 7 KO’s) is a decent operator who has been boxing scheduled ten rounders but for some reason, the Serbian decided to trade heavy leather from the opening bell. Within 30 seconds he found himself on the floor from a big left hook but although he got up, Junior quickly finished the fight with a harder accurate follow up attack.
It was scheduled for six but was over and done with in 1.02 of the opening round.
Karol Itauma (12-1, 7 KO’s) has rebounded well from a shocking stoppage loss to Ezequel Maderna twelve months ago but faced his sternest test since that night when he took on the previously unbeaten Italian Eros Seghetti (10-1-1, 2 KO’s).
The 23-year-old got his southpaw straight left hand working from the opening moments of the eight round fight which was made just above the light heavyweight limit. Seghetti may have brought a glossy record with him but quickly realized that he couldn’t match the speed and technical ability of Itauma and set about trying to make the fight a messy affair. Itauma allowed himself to get too close at times but when he put distance between himself and Seghetti, he was able to jab well to the body and create other openings. Seghetti had little to offer offensively. He backed away and did his best to neutralize Itauma’s inside work.
Itauma upped the tempo in the fifth and unable to stay with him, Seghetti’s appetite visibly drained away. He absorbed some solid punches and slumped onto his stool with a swollen left eye. Having drained the Italian’s gas tank, Itauma loosened up and began to go through the gears in the sixth, he kept Seghetti at arm’s length, sickened him with an accurate jab and picked his punches well.
Seghetti was hurt by a left hand in the seventh but to his credit, he let his hands go in the eighth and final round, meeting Itauma head on and swinging away. Nothing significant landed and the 79-73 scorecard in Itauma’s favor was a formality.