Unbeaten light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (17-0, 12KOs) looks to continue his progress as a rising contender, as he enters his first fight of 2019. The 27-year old from Essex, England takes on American journeyman Travis Reeves (17-3-2) in a scheduled 10-round regional light heavyweight title fight Friday evening at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, England.
The bout will air live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom and on ESPN+ in the United States.
Undefeated London heavyweight prospect Daniel DuBois (10-0, 9KOs) busted up and stopped Razvan Cojanu (16-6, 9 KOs) in two rounds in a regional title scheduled for 10 rounds.
Cojanu had gone the distance with Nathan Gorman and Joseph Parker.
Teenaged super welterweight prospect Hamzah Sheeraz made quick work of countryman Rod Douglas Jr., needing just 70 seconds to retain his perfect pro record.
A mismatch was evident from jump, with the unbeaten Sheeraz (7-0, 3KOs) scoring a knockdown with his first clean punch, a right cross which felled Douglas Jr. seconds into the contest. A barrage of punches produced the bout’s second knockdown, along with a warning issued to the 19-year old by the referee for hitting his foe while on the deck.
It rendered moot as a three-punch combo followed by a clean-up left hook forced Douglas (2-2) to his knees, prompting his corner to literally throw in the towel. The official time was 1:10 of round one.
Opening the telecast, Chris Jenkins became the third British welterweight title claimant in as many fights, as the Welshman dethroned Johnny Garton in a lopsided 12-round affair.
Scores were 119-109, 117-112 and 116-112 in favor Jenkins, the latter two scores perhaps a bit generous to the exiting titlist as Garton struggled to keep pace over the long haul.
Jenkins employed lateral movement to befuddle Garton (23-2-1, 19KOS), who was attempting the first defense of the British welterweight strap he acquired in an 11th round stoppage win over Gary Corcoran last October. There was no such luck for the Londoner, as Jenkins put on a boxing clinic, working his jab and never providing a stationary target for the type of incoming needed to turn the tide.
With the fight seemingly out of reach, Jenkins (21-3-2) strangely took unnecessary risks down the stretch. The tactic made for fun two-way action, but nowhere nearly enough for Garton to overcome the early deficit or leave with his title still intact.