Daniel Dubois looks to remain active on the heels of his biggest win to date, once again taking on an unbeaten opponent. The undefeated Londoner faces Ghana’s Ebenezer Tetteh in a scheduled 10-round heavyweight tilt Friday evening at Royal Albert Hall in the Kensington district of London, England.
The bout—which airs live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom and ESPN+ in the United States—comes barely two months after Dubois (12-0, 11KOs) advanced from heavyweight prospect to rising contender following a 5th round knockout of previously unbeaten countryman Nathan Gorman this past July.
Friday’s headliner will already mark the fourth appearance of 2019 for the 22-year old, who is already being groomed for contender-level matchups as early as his next fight. Talks continue to heat up for a potential domestic dustup with countryman and 2016 Olympic Silver medalist Joe Joyce.
Archie ‘Sharpshooter’ Sharp preserved his unblemished record in emphatic fashion, registering a one-punch 4th round knockout of Ireland’s Declan Geraghty.
A perfectly placed left hook ended the fight on the spot at 2:12 of round four.
It was a grueling affair prior to that point, with Sharp unable to gain momentum early on while Geraghty continued to charge forward. The Irish boxer’s efforts weren’t entirely scoring effective but enough to force the Brit to contend with adversity. A clash of heads produced a cut over Sharp’s left eye, although it would never become a factor.
Geraghty (19-5, 4KOs) sought to exchange on the inside but made the crucial mistake of leaving his chin exposed. Sharp (17-0, 9KOs) went into the windup and uncorked a left hook that put Geraghty flat on his back. Referee Howard John Foster waved off the contest without issuing a count.
Former amateur standout Sam Noakes enjoyed a successful pro debut, forcing a stoppage of countryman Chris Adaway after three rounds of lightweight action.
Noakes enters the pro ranks just five months removed from capping his stellar amateur career on a high note, having claimed the 2019 National Amateur championships in the light welterweight division. He entered the ring to a raucous applause and didn’t disappoint, providing all sorts of hell for Adaway (9-60-4, 1KO) who suffered a cut from a right uppercut.
The wound was deemed too severe to permit him to continue, with referee Lee Every delivering the bad news prior to the start of round four. Noakes (1-0, 1KO) is managed by Francis Warren, whose father and Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren inked the blue chip talent to a promotional contract this past June.
Denzel ‘Too Sharp’ Bentley continues his ascension as a rising middleweight prospect, doing his ring moniker proper with a 1st round stoppage of Kelcie Bell.
Action was fierce—if not brief—from the opening bell, alhough both boxers a bit too overzealous while on the attack. Bentley (11-0, 9KOs) was warned less than a minute into the contest for roughhouse tactics, immediately righting the ship and proceeding to pummel Bell (10-2, 2KOs) until referee Kieran McCann intervened at 1:12 of round one.
Bantamweight newcomer Dennis ‘The Menace’ McCann continued the Bulgarian bumrush, stopping Georgi Georgiev in rounds.
McCann (4-0, 3KOs)–who only turned pro this past May—scored three knockdowns on the night, including two in the opening round, A leaping right hook followed by a straight left sending Georgiev to the canvas (8-16-1, 5KOs) towards the back half of round one, with an ensuing flurry forcing the Bulgarian clubfighter to the deck just before the 10-second counter.
It was once again a leaping right hook, straight left combo which produced the third knockdown of the contest, coming early in round two. Georgiev beat the count but was a sitting duck for the incoming assault before referee waved off the bout at 2:53 of round two.
Light heavyweight prospect Willy Hutchinson picked up the quickest win of his four-fight (and counting) 2019 in-ring campaign, blitzing through Bulgaria’s Borislav Zankov (11-27-1, 4KOs) inside of two rounds in their televised opener.
Action was all one way in the brief affair, with Hutchinson (10-0, 7KOs) taking the fight to the overmatched Zankov from the opening bell. The 21-year old immediately took the fight to the well-traveled Zankov before bringing matters to a close in round two. A wild flurry along the ropes forced the visiting light heavyweight to the canvas for the bout’s lone knockdown.
Zankov beat the count but found himself immediately under siege, prompting referee Lee Every to bring a halt to the contest at 2:15 of round two. Hutchinson has now scored four wins in 2019, while picking up his quickest win since last November. As for Zankov, the night marks his 9th career stoppage defeat, but first time he was halted in two rounds or less.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox