London, 27 Sept 2019
Young Londoner Daniel Dubois (13-0, 12 KO’s) showed again his heavyweight potential with an emphatic first round stoppage of previously undefeated Ghanaian Ebenezer Tetteh (19-1, 16 KO’s) at Kensington’s Royal Albert Hall last night.
Dubois was onto a nervous Tetteh from the ‘get go’ as the African struggled with his mouthpiece at the opening bell.
Dubois was on him immediately and in the two completed minutes never let his opponent off the hook. First with a right hand he dropped Tetteh and then succession of lefts and rights sent him to the canvas again before the referee waved off the fight at 2:10. Some at ringside felt the stoppage was premature but more of disappointment than substance. There was no significant protest by fighter or corner.
This was a mighty impressive performance and the Londoner has sent a further message out to the heavyweights who lay in wait after the Ruiz/Joshua/Wilder/Fury shakedown. The former Ring Magazine prospect has once again looked the genuine article in topping a London bill. The problem now for promoter Frank Warren is manoeuvring his charge through the choppy waters of the heavyweight division whilst giving him the necessary exposure and ringtime to develop for the long term.
Joe Joyce, Olympic silver medallist and undefeated pro (10-0, 9 KO’s) was ringside and couldn’t have failed to be impressed. Having recently aligned to Queensberry Promotions (& Ringstar Sports) that looks a natural match to make. Joyce at 34 has to move fast and the titles held by the 22 year old Dubois (now British & Commonwealth) and his WBO world ranking will be an attractive proposition.
The night put the heavyweight division on alert that Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois is waiting in the wings and with his explosive power moving fast.
Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) struggled to hold onto her WBO female flyweight title with a hard fought draw against Maria Salinas (21-7-4, 7 KO’s). The Mexican challenger was aggressive throughout and to many ringsiders looked to have won. Adams controlled the early stages of the fight to then fade in the later rounds but likely secured the draw in a strong final round. Scores were 96-94 Salinas, 97-93 Adams, 95-95. A rematch looks inevitable and would be well received.
Knockout of the night was from Archie ‘Sharpshooter’ Sharp (17-0, 9 KO’s) defending his WBO European super-featherweight title. A devastating left hook flattened Declan Geraghty (19-5, 4 KO’s) at 2:14 of the 4th round. There was also an impressive pro-debut from Maidstone, Kent’s Sam ‘Midge’ Noakes at lightweight. Fighting like a human dynamo and showing his solid amateur pedigree (ABA champion) Noakes caused the referee to stop the fight before the 4th round due to a cut sustained by seasoned veteran Chris Adaway (9-60-4, 1 KO).