By Matt Bevan (@MBevs68)
Tamuka Mucha was making a step up in class, as he took on Erick Ochieng at the York Hall and he showed his worth, stopping “The Eagle” in the sixth round. It was a debatable stoppage by referee Bob Williams, who was ready to jump in all night, despite Ochieng never once appearing to be truly hurt.
Mucha is now the new Southern Area welterweight champion, although both men called for the rematch immediately after the fight. Mucha, born in Zimbabwe but fighting out of Reading, certainly brought the work rate to the table, however Ochieng, as he always is, was comfortable off the ropes and countering regularly.
It was a close fight to score and definitely a case of what you prefer, so a rematch would be welcome. But “The Eagle” is once again looking short of options, especially after getting robbed of a win in his last fight against Tom Knight in Hull, where he was instead awarded a draw.
Ricky Boylan got back to winning ways in the chief support, as he got the better of Daza Usher, taking a close decision 58-56. Boylan was fighting for the first time since back-to-back losses in English title fights to Tyler Goodjohn and Tommy Martin, so the win will do him a world of good.
Both men went down during the fight, Usher in the third and Boylan in the fifth, and it was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Usher certainly came to have a go and caused problems, but Boylan landed with the more quality shots to steal the rounds.
Boylan will be next out on September 12th at the O2 Arena, possibly in a title fight or an eliminator, but there is still plenty to work on for the Carshalton man with his trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis in Manchester.
Charlie Edwards continued his quick rise through the pro ranks moving to 3-0, although he was denied a stoppage for the first time as a pro by Brett Fidoe, who retained his record of never getting stopped. Edwards, a former European Amateur bronze medallist looked quality, winning every round, taking a points decision 60-54.
Edwards will not be far away from a title shot in the flyweight division, due to the lack of depth and he is certainly looking to be a great addition to the pro ranks. He was sharp throughout and took Fidoe to school, winning every second of every round.
He has already called out English Champion Louis Norman and will surely have eyes on a clash with him, with Promoter Eddie Hearn saying an English title fight could well be on the agenda on September 12th at the O2 Arena.
Finally, there was an exciting debutant on the bill as Reece “The Bomber” Bellotti lived up to his nickname, stopping the durable Joe Beeden in 50 seconds. Bellotti, who is trained by Jim McDonnell and promoted by Eddie Hearn, forced Beeden to the ropes and unloaded a solid left to the ribs which Beeden had no response for.
The two-time ABA Champion turned over to the pros with a reputation and stopping Beeden, who had previously only been stopped by another rising prospect in Zelfa Barrett, will enhance it further.by