Outcomes and highlights: Lee McGregor smashes Karim Guerfi in first spherical, Maxi Hughes wins British title


Lee McGregor had a strong check in his tenth professional battle in the present day, and to say he handed with flying colours could be an understatement.

McGregor added the European bantamweight title to his assortment, thrashing French veteran Karim Guerfi for a primary spherical stoppage on three knockdowns in what was a merely dominant bodily efficiency from the 24-year-old Scotsman.

McGregor (10-0, 8 KO) was sooner and simply plain stronger than Guerfi (29-5, 9 KO), who can be a good fighter on the European degree. This battle was largely about discovering out how good a prospect McGregor actually is, and he’s now received British, Commonwealth, and European titles inside his first 10 fights. That’s a respectable accomplishment, a dash out of the gates for his professional profession.

“I believe it’s spectacular, and I’m not completed but,” McGregor mentioned. “I’m coming for that world title. I’m not scared to lose. Many individuals are. I am going into the ring one hundred pc assured I’m going to win, however I’m not scared to lose.”

McGregor credited higher conditioning and referred to as himself a correct skilled fighter now, absolutely dwelling the life of a professional and saying he felt higher than he ever has, giving large props to coach Ben Davison, who’s famous for getting fighters in high form, as he’s executed prior to now with Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders.

MTK’s Lee Eaton mentioned McGregor could possibly be on the Ramirez-Taylor undercard on Might 22 in his subsequent outing as the corporate look to get him a reputation past the UK and Europe. “He’s not prepared for (Naoya) Inoue but, however he’s coming,” Eaton mentioned.

Requested a few potential rematch with Kash Farooq — who has been by far McGregor’s hardest professional opponent — the fighter took a diplomatic stance and left it as much as promoters and groups and what have you ever.

“It was an ideal battle and folks will need to see it once more,” he mentioned. “The Lee McGregor that Kash Farooq fought, he’s lengthy gone. They’d their finest likelihood and he couldn’t beat me. There’s no approach in hell Kash Farooq beats me now.”

Maxi Hughes TKO-8 Paul Hyland Jr

The recent streak continues for Hughes (23-5-2, 5 KO), as he wins his third straight strong matchup and claims the beforehand vacant British light-weight title, although not with out some controversy with the end.

The controversy is just not a lot to do with Hughes, however with referee Mark Lyson. Right here’s the clip, it’s simpler to point out than inform:

Hyland (20-3, 7 KO) clearly thought he’d been dominated down by Lyson, so he turned his again to move to the nook and take the depend, then proceed on. As a substitute, Lyson had ordered the motion to renew, then although Hyland clearly had his again turned, Lyson watched as Hughes raced throughout the ring, loaded up a proper hand, and bashed Hyland from behind, mainly.

Once more, this isn’t actually on Hughes, neither is it on Hyland. This was a failure in officiating. The Hyland nook had been incensed, and will have been; not even a lot as a result of their man misplaced, the battle was going Hughes’ approach for probably the most half, and we had him up 68-65 after seven rounds with the momentum in his favor. However as a result of Lyson put Hyland in a really harmful place the place he wasn’t defending himself as a result of he thought he didn’t have to take action at that second. He believed time there was a depend on.

However Hughes actually is having the run of his profession at age 31, now with consecutive wins over Jono Carroll, Viktor Kotochigov, and Hyland. I’m not calling for him to get a world title battle proper in the mean time, but when he retains successful, what the hell, who is aware of?

Undercard Outcomes

  • Jamie Robinson D-8 Billy Allington (76-76)
  • Nathan Rendon PTS-6 Eryk Apresyan (57-56)
  • Sean Duffy KO-3 Paul Holt (1:03)
  • Shabaz Masoud TKO-4 Louis Norman (1:12)

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