Hamzah Sheeraz Gets Off The Floor To Stop Francisco Emmanuel Torres in 5
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Francisco Emmanuel Torres
Hamzah Sheeraz proved himself as a legitimate contender in the middleweight division and a real power puncher last night as he became only the second man to stop tough Argentinian Francisco Emanuel Torres in his 9-year career that has included a draw with American Jose Benavidez Jr.
Sheeraz was able to hurt Torres from the first bell, getting leverage on that right-hand set-up by a power jab which Sheeraz says he picked up from GGG. Early in the third round, Sheeraz knocked down Torres from a power jab countering Torres’s own jab. As Sheeraz went in for the finish, he left himself open and became reckless with Torres capitalising off of that and putting Sheeraz down from a counter right hand.
Sheeraz went back to a more patient approach after being put down and caused the third knockdown of the third round with chopping right hand. In the fifth, Sheeraz landed another perfectly-timed chopping right hand on Torrez, this time he would not be allowed to continue. Sheeraz has knocked down before so a valuable lesson there, but the one thing that shined through was the destructive one-punch power of Sheeraz on display.
Dennis McCann vs James Beech
After some recent, underwhelming performances from Dennis McCann, the considerable hype that has existed since his 2019 debut had come to a standstill. McCann had to take a big step up and impress doing so and he did just that against James Beech Jr.
Beech had gone the distance in a close fight with British and Commonwealth Champion Brad Foster in 2020 and extended British title challenger Chris Bourke 10 rounds, albeit more one-sided, in 2021. McCann jumped on Beech from the first bell and when he hurt him early in the first round he put it on Beech and got a knockdown.
McCann then comfortably outboxed Beech for a further six low-volume rounds before catching Beech with a short right hook in the 8th. McCann relentlessly unleashed on Beech following the knockdown and the corner of Beech threw in the towel. A real statement from Dennis McCann in a performance that’s trending on YouTube and done big numbers on TikTok/Social media platforms. McCann is definitely building into a star.
Lennox Clarke vs Mark Heffron
It was third-time lucky for Oldham’s Mark Heffron who captured the British title in his third attempt with a stoppage win over Lennox Clarke. Heffron also won the Commonwealth and IBF international titles in the fifth-round stoppage win. Heffron previously unsuccessfully challenged Liam Williams and Denzel Bentley down at Middleweight. Clarke beat Willy Hutchinson in an upset to win the vacant titles last year after previously losing for them against Lerrone Richards.
Heffron started the fight very fast and hurt Clark early with right hands. A lot of success also came from that right uppercut that couldn’t miss, clearly something Heffron and coach Joe Gallagher worked on in training camp. Clarke’s style means that he makes himself small in height but he does sometimes square up allowing that right uppercut to land straight through the middle.
After a dominant first round which could’ve been a 10-8, Clarke took the second but Heffron came right back in the third attacking the body of Clarke and backing the pressure fighter up. The success continued to the fifth where Heffron caught Clarke flush with a left hook and finished the fight with a clean left hook-right hand that caused the referee to jump in. There were complaints about the stoppage as there weren’t many clean punches after Clarke was wobbled.