OKBET BOXING : Juggernaut Joe Joyce knocks out Joe Parker in the eleventh round
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Saturday at the Manchester Arena on ESPN+ In 11 rounds, Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce defeated former WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker to win the vacant WBO Interim World championship presented by Frank Warren in the main event.
In the co-main event, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, the WBC, WBO, and IBO featherweight champion, comfortably defeated Sara Manfoud, the IBF featherweight champion, by unanimous decision.
In the main event, Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce, 15-0 (14), #271 14, of Putney, London, UK, knocked out former WBO champion Joseph Parker, 30-2 (21), #255 14, of South Auckland, New Zealand, and Morecambe, UK, at 1:03 of the eleventh of a scheduled twelve rounds for the vacant WBO Interim heavyweight title.
Joyce knocked Parker down and off his feet in the third round with a barrage of blows. In the closing minute of the seventh round, Joyce drove Parker against the ropes.
Parker’s left eyebrow was cut during the eighth round, prompting referee Steve Gray to check on him between rounds. Parker got cut on the right eyebrow in the tenth round, but still managed to win the round. He attempted to fight back, but both combatants appeared exhausted. Parker was knocked out in the eleventh round by a left hook from Joyce to the chin. He attempted to beat referee Gray’s count, but was disqualified when he regained his feet.
In the co-main event, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, 43-2-1 (30), 124 12, of Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, New York, upset IBF World Feather champion Sara Manfoud, 11-1 (3), #124 12, of Hilleroed, Denmark, in 10 and a half rounds.
The opening round was dominated by Serrano, who backed Manfoud up and landed solid jabs. In the second round, Serrano and Manfoud collided heads, resulting in a laceration on the top of Manfoud’s skull. Manfoud battled back better in the third, despite the fact that he knew the fight could have been stopped due to the cut.
Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce
In the fourth and fifth rounds, Serrano proceeded to push the Manfoud game ahead. Multiple times in the sixth round, Manfoud nailed a lead right, possibly winning a close round. In the seventh round, Serrano was landing more powerful blows than in prior rounds, allowing him to easily win the bout.
In the eighth round, Manfoud was aware that he needed a knockout to win, while Serrano won another round. In the ninth round, Manfoud landed her finest blow, a right to the chin in the final seconds, which was sufficient to win the round.
Manfoud landed a strong right hand at the midpoint of the tenth and final round, but Serrano appeared to secure another victory. Without a single clinch from these boxers, Mark Lyson had a simple evening.
The scores were 99-92, 97-93, and 98-92 for this author.
IBO World Super Feather champion Michael Magnesi, 21-1 (13), ranked #129, of Cave, Lazio, Italy, was defeated in 12 rounds by southpaw Anthony “The Apache” Cacace, 20-1 (7), ranked #129 12, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Magnesi, who is on an eight-fight knockout streak, was the aggressor in the opening round, defeating the taller Cacace, who hadn’t fought in over a year. In the second and third rounds, Cacace possessed the upper hand. In the fifth round, Cacace sustained a gash on his left eyelid due to a clash of heads.
From the sixth through the ninth round, Cacace maintained an advantage over the oncoming Magnesi. Cacace engages in some clinching in the tenth and eleventh rounds despite not having fought in over a year, but still appears to have the overall advantage. In the twelfth and final round, Magnesi defeated the exhausted Cacace. The official’s name was Michael Alexander.
Each score is 116-112 and Cacace’s score is 117-111.
Welterweight champion Ekow “The Engine” Essuman, 18-0 (7), #146 14, of Botswana and Nottingham, United Kingdom, defeated Samuel “True Sensation” Antwi, 14-1 (6), #145 12, of Stockwell, London, United Kingdom, in 12 rounds.
In the first three rounds, which were all close, Antwi won two. Essuman outworked Antwi, who was the aggressor, during the fourth through sixth rounds.
In the middle of the seventh round, Essuman rocked Antwi and had him against the ropes for a minute. Antwi finished stronger in the eleventh and twelfth races, but not by enough to claim victory. Referee Victor Loughlin was in charge.
The scores were 115-113, 117-112, and 116-112, the same as the author’s.
IBO International Middleweight champion Nathan “Hitman” Heaney, 16-0 (6), #160, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, defeated Jack “Quiet Storm” Flatley, 19-3-1 (4), of Bolton, Lancashire, United Kingdom, by technical decision in the fifth of ten scheduled rounds.
In the first three rounds, Heaney held the advantage despite suffering from puffiness around his left eye. Flatley stepped forward and collided with Heaney’s head during the fifth round, causing a serious gash on Heaney’s right eyebrow and prompting the ring medic to suspend the fight. They were required to consult the scorecards. Steve Gray was the referee.
This author scores 49-46 twice, 50-45, and 49-46.
Raven “The Omen” Chapman, 4-0 (0), #125 14, of Wycombe, United Kingdom, defeated former IBF World Super Fly champion Jorgelina “Jota” Guanini, 10-5 (2), of Necochea, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 82 rounds to win the vacant WBC International Featherweight championship.
Chapman rocked Guanini with a right to the chin 30 seconds into the second round, nearly knocking her out, and should have been awarded a knockout by Referee Victor Loughlin for her one glove touching the canvas as seen on replay. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Guanini responded adequately in even rounds.
In the sixth through eighth rounds, there was intense competition, with Chapman prevailing as the superior fighter.
The same scores of 79-73, 77-75, and 78-74 as this author.
Mark “Kid Dynamite” Heffron, 29-2-1 (23), #169 12 of Oldham, Lancashire, United Kingdom, stopped Martin Bulacio, 10-7 (7), #168 of Sacanta, Cordoba, Argentina, at 1:15 of the opening of eight planned rounds.
Heffron hit a right followed by a left in the opening round, injuring Bulacio and pinning him against the ropes. Referee Mike Alexander properly called a halt as he followed with a combo.
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