Chris Bourke out boxed-Ramez Mahmood in what was a step up in class for both boxers Saturday night in London.
Bourke, a southpaw from London, won their 10-round junior featherweight fight by a score of 96-94 on the scorecard of referee Robert Williams to remain unbeaten (8-0, 5 KOs). Mahmood, of Ilford, England, lost for the first time as a pro (11-1, 2 KOs).
Bourke beat Mahmood in the final fight on the Joe Joyce-Michael Wallisch undercard at BT Sport’s Studio.
Mahmood was busier in the 10th round, when Bourke appeared to believe he was way ahead and didn’t throw many punches. Mahmood landed a hard, left hook just before the bout ended.
Probably sensing he was behind, Mahmood came out aggressive to start the ninth round and out-worked Bourke in those three minutes.
After a largely uneventful seventh round, Bourke blasted Mahmood with two vicious rights to the body in the first half of the eighth round.
Mahmood connected with a straight right hand early in the sixth round. Bourke’s body work was the deciding factor in that round, though.
Mahmood backed Bourke into the ropes early in the fifth round and hit him with hard body shots. A right uppercut by Mahmood backed Bourke into the ropes later in the fifth round.
Bourke nailed Mahmood with a thudding left to his body early in the fourth round.
Bourke’s jab was effective in the third round, when he also landed several hard body shots. Mahmood did some solid body work in that round as well.
Bourke hit Mahmood with a left hand that knocked him off balance early in the second round. An aggressive Bourke kept Mahmood on his back foot for much of the second round and by then clearly established himself as the harder hitter.
Bourke belted Mahmood with a right-left combination to the body late in the first round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.