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Sheeraz, McCann, Heffron and Ball win in London

Hamzah Sheeraz, Dennis McCann, Mark Heffron and Nick Ball celebrated victory in London on Saturday night.

Hamzah Sheeraz is the new WBC Silver middleweight champion after a fifth-round stoppage victory over rugged Francisco Torres.

Mark Heffron scored a title hat-trick by stopping Lennox Clarke. While Dennis McCann won the WBC International Silver belt with an eighth round stoppage of James Beech Jr.

Finally, Nick Ball retained his WBC Silver title with a loss to Nathanael Kokololo at the Copper Box Arena.

Sheeraz, who was in control with his jab, stiffened the shot in the second round and wobbled Torres, who was very unsteady on his feet. Another left early in the third, and another left put Torres down, but he responded with a heavy right that floored Sheeraz for the first time.

Hamzah Sheeraz

Sheeraz then set up a big right that crashed into Torres’ jaw and knocked him down again, and an unlikely slugfest developed.

In the end, it was a pure-blooded right-hander smashed into Torres’ head that ended the fight, the Argentine slow to get up and respond, so referee Mark Lyson waved him off in the fifth lap after 1.56.

Denis McCann

Dennis McCann stopped James Beech jr in the eighth round of a thrilling encounter that took the youngster from Maidstone to 13-0.

The towel was thrown in after 1.44 after an impressive display from McCann at his best.

Dennis went into full Threat mode from the start, it was three minutes of savagery from the 21-year-old, who took down Beech in a flurry of shots mid-round.

Beech came to fight, make no mistake about it, but his timing was bad early on and he left himself exposed to quick counters. The pace dropped a bit in the second as Beech regrouped, but he absorbed some punishing shots from McCann in the third.


Beech then had some minor successes, but the villainous McCann offered him little respite, and the Bloxwich fighter struggled to hold him back, and it wasn’t long before a few celebratory tricks were played.

Beech rallied but was taken down by a vicious right that put him on the canvas before another onslaught led to him throwing in the towel and McCann jumping for joy as he became WBC International Silver featherweight champion.

Marc Heffron

In a fight to remember, Mark Heffron defeated Lennox Clarke to become British, Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental super middleweight champion.

A stunning first round saw Clarke shove Heffron which set off the Oldham man action, and Clarke floundered for much of the rest of the round as Heffron landed bomb after bomb on a shocked champion.

The second round leveled with Clarke landing big shots on Heffron but the 30-year-old, in his third challenge for the Brits, used stealth footwork and swooped more effectively. An uppercut sent Clarke teetering in the third as the fierce exchanges continued.

Clarke established something from a foot in the fourth, but, again, Heffron landed the cleaner, more telling shots, and the Birmingham man showed remarkable resilience to hang on.

The Heffron pressure increased in the fifth, and Clarke looked to be in retreat and in some sort of trouble. Referee Bob Williams has decided enough has been seen and Heffron finally has a British title to win.

The official stoppage time was 2.28 of round five.

Nick Ball

Nick Ball had a tall order ahead of him in the form of Nathanael Kokololo, who had a significant height and reach advantage. Ball quickly shook him off as he ducked and ripped punches towards the Namibian’s jaw.

Ball was making a first defense of the WBC Silver featherweight title.

Against such physical threats, the Liverpool lad had to be on his toes and not get caught by anything trying to get close. He had to get around Kokololo’s jab and couldn’t be as relentless as he normally is against smaller opponents.

Ball landed some good shots at the end of both rounds three and four, but Kokololo remained a confident operator and Ball started getting bloody around his nose. The target was found with increased frequency, but an ominous mark formed under Ball’s left eye which became more evident by the end of the fifth round.

Kokololo opened up in the seventh to build momentum, but Ball stayed in control and controlled the rounds. Kokololo was rocked in the ninth as Ball started looking for a big finish, but he survived to fight another round.

Ball threw in the heavy artillery on the last lap and finally got his man back when Kokololo was caught and, for once, didn’t respond. Referee John Latham was quick to save him, and Ball is now 16-0 and one of the best young champions in the country.


Undefeated super bantam Masood Abdulah had a good run for his money in eight rounds by young Bulgarian Tank Banabakov, who basically gave as well as he got until the final two rounds when the pressure increased. Banabakov’s work has become a bit ragged. Referee Bob Williams scored the game 77-75, and Islington’s Abdulah is now 5-0 and has gone the distance for the first time.

Pierce O’Leary

The Big Bang is back in force. Queensberry’s new signing Pierce O’Leary pulverized opponent Robin Zamora with a beast right hand in the second round that left the Nicaraguan with his senses scrambled, and referee Sean McAvoy rightly stepped in for the to prevent another attack. The stoppage came after 2.03 of the third round in a fight that was close until the fight-changing blow that took O’Leary to 10-0.


Karol Itauma took his pro record to 8-0 with a convincing victory over Michal Gazdik, whom he dominated from start to finish, referee John Latham had seen enough after 50 seconds of the fourth round and stepped in to protect Gazdik.


Ryan Garner went a dozen fights unbeaten as a pro after outplaying Christian Lopez Florez in eight rounds. Garner must now fight for the title to launch the next phase of his career.

Referee Sean McAvoy scored the bout 80-72.

After getting the start on his stubborn opponent, Garner found a rhythm on lap five, keeping a bit more distance and working smart up and down. He still had to chase Florez but was able to tease the Mexican’s return fire a bit more who created openings.

Garner showed he had plenty in the tank over the longer distance and maintained a high pace in his work throughout. If he was guilty of a miscalculation, he may have been trying too hard to blast his man early via a spectacular knockout. However, he was faced with a man on the run with a high and effective guard.


In his second Copper Box appearance, Khalid Ali once again brought the fireworks and went all out with Des Newton from the start. Newton didn’t seem to last the course and a big left from Ali led to a powerful attack from the boy from Brick Lane that left Newton in a heap, having taken a few more shots than he perhaps should have.

The official time for Bob Williams’ stoppage – which knocked a concerned doctor out of the ring – was 54 seconds in the second round.


Umar Khan survived a second-round scare when a short right from Engel Gomez sent him momentarily to the canvas. Young Ilford recovered well and fought with style and conviction to ride out the mini-storm and take control of the fight.

In his first six rounds, Khan was scored the winner by a 58-56 margin on John Latham’s card. Khan is now 4-0.

Sonny Liston Ali

Super lightweight Sonny Liston Ali moved to 4-0 as a pro after a convincing win on points over Chris Adaway. Referee Sean McCoy scored the fight 60-55.

In the first match of the night, Sean Noakes scored his second professional fight at welterweight with a second-round stoppage of MJ Hall.

Hall took a huge right that rocked him earlier in the round, and Noakes sensed a potential save and barrage that included a softly hit uppercut that Bob Williams had seen enough of. The referee called off the fight at 2.45 of the second round.

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