At the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, MTK Global held the light heavyweight version of their Golden Contract tournament.
In a shocker, Ricards Bolotniks (16-5-1, 7 KOs) crushed that man who some felt was the tournament favorite, undefeated, Steven Ward (12-1), with a knockout in the first round.
In the very first, as they were trading, Boltniks dropped Ward very hard. A moment later a series of punches droipped Ward for a second time against the ropes. And then another combination dropped Ward for a third time - and the fight was quickly waved off.
Serge Michel (10-1, 7 KOs) will head to the Golden Contract semi-finals, as he won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Tommy Philbin (13-1, 4 KOs). The scores were 99-90, 98-90 and 99-90.
Michel has now won two in a row since getting knocked out in a close fight with Ryan Ford in April. This was Michel's first pro bout outside of Germany.
Hosea Burton (25-1, 11 KOs) dropped and outboxed Bob Ajisafe (19-4) over ten rounds of action. The scores were 99-92, 98-91 and 99-90.
Burton has now won seven in a row since getting stopped by Frank Buglioni in December of 2016.
Liam Conroy (18-5-1, 9 KOs) bounced back from a June loss to Steven Ward, by advancing in the Golden Contract tournament with a ten round unanimous decision win over Andre Sterling (10-2).
During a hard exchange, Sterling was dropped in the seventh round. He made it up on unsteady legs, but made it through the round.
On the undercard, we saw a battle of unbeatens with Dan Azeez (11-0, 7 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Lawrence Osueke (9-1-1). The scores ere 99-91, 98-93 and 98-92.