Warren Boxing Management and Nielson Boxing staged their first televised show on Friday night and it did not fail to deliver with back-to-back upsets in the title fights. It marked the first time in over half a decade that domestic boxing was shown on the Television Channel Box Nation. WBM/NB aim to continue delivering more top quality ‘small-hall’ shows on Box Nation in addition to BN’s international content and make it a strong player in the UK boxing market again.
Reece Bellotti Dominates and Stops Dean Doge in Seven Rounds
Watford’s Reece Bellotti (15-5) upset the odds when he stopped Dean Dodge (9-1) to claim the southern area title at York Hall, Bethnal Green Live on Box Nation. Bellotti, who was coming in on two weeks’ notice, moved up in weight classes to put on a near punch-perfect, dominant display over Dodge to claim a seventh-round TKO.
Bellotti was coming off back to back defeats to European Champion Jordan Gill and Top Prospect Raymond Ford. He moved down multiple levels tonight and showed that he still had something left, but whether he can mix it at British level is yet to be seen. It appears Bellotti will be going back to his natural weight of 126.
Liam Dillon is the English Featherweight Champion. A fight that is very winnable for Bellotti. Higher up the chain, Fightzone Star Nathaniel Collins is the Commonwealth Featherweight Champion and in line for a British title shot. Collins takes on Jacob Robinson on May 13. Elsewhere domestically, there is the loser of Nick Ball vs Isaac Lowe, Louie Lynn, Amin Jahaznjeb among others meaning plenty of winnable fights.
Sexton vs Ngebinyana And Box Nation Undercard
In the main event, South Africa’s Sabelo Ngebinyana (13-5) scored another upset win over Hertfordshire’s Ashley Sexton (17-2-2) to win the vacant IBF International Bantamweight Champion. Sexton, the former English Flyweight champion, was knocked down in the fourth round before being halted with body shots in the fifth.
In a true 50-50, Billy Underwood (4-0) stopped Tommy Jacobs (2-0) in 2 rounds earlier on in the night. Underwood, who had the heavy crowd support, put on a lot of pressure and kept a high work rate while Jacobs looked a little shook under the spotlights and pressure of the occasion and folded as a result. Onwards and upwards for Underwood, who can now move into more six rounders before moving on to eight rounders and titles in 2023.
Nathan Minzon was the star of the prospects on the card. He put on an excellent boxing display to outpoint a tough opponent over 6 rounds and almost stopped him at the end of the sixth. Mizon boxed brilliantly throughout, making himself near impossible to hit and countered very effectively after making TBA miss at will.
Elsewhere on the card, Debutant Luke Liddiard got a 39-37 PTS Win over journeyman Lee Hallet. Chris Onwuegbusi moved to 2-0 with a 40-36 PTS win over Vasif Mamedov and Beau Reynolds made an impressive debut with a TKO win over Sebastian Wojtan.