N’Dam, Saunders victorious in Manchester

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former WBA and WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (37-3, 21 KOs) outboxed Martin Murray (37-5-1, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds to take a majority decision on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Murray dropped N’Dam in round four, but N’Dam mostly outworked the four-time world title challenger. Scores were 114-114, 117-112, 116-112. N’Dam wins the WBC silver title.
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Former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs) was victorious when 41-year-old Charles Adamu (32-14, 25 KOs) stayed on his stool after round four. It was Saunders’ first fight since vacating the title due to a doping violation.
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Two-time Olympian featherweight Michael Conlan (10-0, 6 KOs) won a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Jason Cunningham (24-6, 6 KOs). Scores were 97-92, 97-92, 98-92. Conlan almost stopped Cunningham in the final minute.

In a grudge fight, middleweight Liam Williams (19-2-1, 14 KOs) dominated then stopped previously unbeaten Mark Heffron (21-1, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant British title. Williams dropped Heffron in round ten and got the ref stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:55

Unbeaten International silver heavyweight beltholder Nathan Gorman (15-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu (16-5, 9 KOs). Gorman outworked the 6’7 Cojanu in a bout than never caught fire. Scores were 119-109, 119-109, 120-108.

19-year-old light heavyweight Tommy Fury, the younger brother of former unified heavyweight champion Tyson, made his professional debut with a four round decision over Jevgenijs Andrejevs (10-103-3, 4 KOs).


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