Unbeaten heavyweight Fabio Wardley (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over former world title challenger Eric “The Drummer Boy” Molina (27-7, 19 KOs) in the Povetkin-Whyte co-feature on Saturday night at the Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar. The 38-year-old Molina delivered good resistance and was in the fight when he hurt Wardley with a right hand in round five. Molina rushed in to finish the job only to be knocked out by a Wardley counter. Time was :52.
Super welterweight Ted “The Big Cheese” Cheeseman (17-2-1, 10 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round knockout over previously unbeaten James Metcalf (21-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant British title. In round four, Cheeseman battered Metcalf from pillar-to-post and nearly got a stoppage. Metcalf survived and somehow turned the tide. Cheeseman, however, wrested control away again late and laid out Metcalf at the end of round eleven. Time 3:10. Total war!
In his pro debut, Campbell Hatton, son of British ring legend Ricky Hatton, won a four round decision against winless Jesus Ruiz (0-11). Referee’s score was 40-36.
In a clash between undefeated welterweights, Michael McKinson (20-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Chris Kongo (12-1, 7 KOs) over ten rounds to claim the WBO Global title. McKinson dropped Kongo in round one and went on to win 97-93, 96-94, 95-94.
In an upset, heavyweight Nick Webb (17-2, 13 KOs) dropped previously unbeaten Eric Pfeifer (7-1, 5 KOs) three times in the second round to get a TKO win.