In a battle of undefeated former stablemates for the vacant WBA International super welterweight title, Olympian Anthony Fowler (9-1, 8 KOs) had to get off the floor and survive a tough final round, but found himself on the losing end of a ten round split decision to Scott Fitzgerald (13-0, 9 KOs), who pulled off a huge upset.
The scores were 96-94 for Fowler, (95-94)*2 for Fitzgerald
Coming in, Fowler stopped his last four opponents.
And Fitzgerald put away two of his last three opponents in 2018 by knockout.
The action was pretty close and tight in the first two rounds, with both boxing at the best of their abilities. Fowler was really putting his punches together well in the third round.
They were trading hard body shots in the fourth round. Fowler was being sharp with his jab, while Fitzgerald was looking for the body. During the sixth, Fitzgerald began to rally and make the fight close.
Fowler saw the seventh round for the first time, as he was pressing forward and Fitzgerald was doing well with selected punches. Fitzgerald began to bait Fowler to come in and fight.
The contest was still very close as they entered the eight. Both had success, with Fowler working the jab and going to the body, but Fitzgerald seemed to connect with crisper shots. Fowler was given a very firm warning for a low blow.
In the ninth, Fitzgerald was badly rocked by an uppercut. Then Fowler jumped on him with a lot of big shots with both hands. It appeared the end was near, but Fitzgerald was able to weather the storm and tried to fight back before getting clipped hard again. But Fitzgerald again recovered and began to land some good shots on Fowler.
At the start of the tenth and final round, Fitzgerald came out pressing the fight. Fitzgerald rocked Fowler with big shots and dropped him down. Fowler beat the count, but he was very hurt and was doing his best to hold and survive. For whatever reason, Fitzgerald began to coast in the closing seconds as if he felt he had the fight won.
Also on the card, 2012 Olympian Natasha Jonas (7-1, 5 KOs), who is trained by Joe Gallagher, won a six round unanimous decision over Feriche Mashauri (7-3, 2 KOs).
DAVID PRICE WINS BY DQ AGAINST DISGRACEFUL ALI WHO BITES HIM
David Price moved closer to bigger domestic fights after scoring a win over Kash Ali in astounding circumstances.
Price was on top for four rounds. When tiring in the fifth, both fighters had their moments.
Clearly slowing down, an exchange led to the pair hitting the canvas together.
When down, Ali shockingly took a bite at the stomach of Price to get himself thrown out.
Ali suffered his first loss as Peice moves on to a certain step-up.
Price can now contemplate his next move against a top opponent in the UK or Europe.
ROBBIE DAVIS GETS CONTREVERSIAL DECISION.
Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jr won the EBU super-lightweight title while also defending the British title with a controversial decision over Joe Hughes, in a closely contested fight
Both fighters had success during a lively opener, with the switch-hitting Davies landing a number of sharp jabs and Hughes connecting with his best punch, the left-hook, one of which bloodied Hughes’ nose.
Hughes was effective not just with his left hooks but the jab, which was really starting to mark Davies’ face by the mid-rounds, as the crowd attempted to rally around the popular scouser.
Davies did rally to an extent, but it was Hughes controlling the pace and scores of 118-110, 115-113 and 115-114 for Davies looked harsh on the Wiltshire man.
Still, despite the controversial scores, the victorious Davies, who improves to 19-1, now has plenty of options in what is a red hot domestic division.
PHILLIP BOWES v TOM FARRELL
Phillip Bowes successfully defended his Commonwealth super-lightweight title with a decisive decision triumph over Tom Farrell.
Bowes claimed a 118-110, 118-111 and 117-112 win with judges to keep his belt.
CRAIG GLOVER v VACLAV PEJSAR
Vaclav Pejsar stunned the Liverpool crowd with a second round stoppage victory over Craig Glover.
Pejsar dropped the home fighter in the first. Glover was floored again in the second before the job was done.
Glover lost for the second time in eleven contests. Pejsar improves to 15-7.
PAUL BUTLER v FADHILI MAJIHA
Former world champion Paul Butler was made to work for a points win. The World Boxing Super Series reserve won 58-56 as Butler warmed up for sterner tests.
GED CARROLL v DES NEWTON
Ged Carroll defeated Des Newton via pointed decision. Getting a good six rounds in the bank in the process. 59-54.