Ziani KOs Dilmaghani in round 12

IBF #12, WBC #15, EBU European super featherweight champion Samir Ziani (32-3-1, 7 KOs) retained his title by twelfth round KO over Alex Dilmaghani (19-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the LS Live TV studio in Wakefield, England. Ziani broke open a close fight when he staggered Dilmaghani in round eleven, then mercilessly battered Dilmaghani with two knockdowns in the final stanza. Referee Guiseppe Quartarone seemingly did everything he could to get Dilmaghani over the finish line, but he finally had to wave off the carnage with 9 seconds left.

Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain (12-1, 6 KOs), fresh off a third round KO win just under two weeks ago after two years out of the ring, needed just 50 seconds to blow away Matt Sen (5-3, 1 KO) in round one. The referee intervened after Chamberlain connected with a series of unanswered power shots.

Unbeaten super lightweight Stephen McKenna (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round KO over Gary McGuire (1-17, 0 KOs). McGuire down three times in 73 seconds. McKenna trains at the Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach.

19-year-old middleweight Michael Hennessy Jr., son of promoter Mick Hennessy, suffered his first pro loss against Jamie Stewart by a score of 58-56 in a six-round contest. Stewart moves to 2-0, 0 KOs, while Hennessy falls to 4-1-1, 0 KOs).

Unbeaten light heavyweight Idris Virgo (7-0-1, 1 KO) outpointed Scott Williams (0-7, 0 KOs) by a score of 40-36 in a four-rounder.


Alex Dilmaghani will challenge for the European super featherweight title against reigning champion Samir Ziani in the main event.

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  • Since Mick Jr. is probably going to be Jamie’s promoter, I am sure he showed his future client a lot of class, after losing the fight.

    Winners show class when they lose.

    Losers like Nancy Pelosi, Lori Lightfoot, and Joe Biden do not.

  • Ziani puts absolutely no power in his punches – none at all. But he throws a billion of them and this was a terrific ending for him.

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