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Late substitute Sakyi cheers Southern Area success after stunning last-round stoppage

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 July 2018

Mikey Sakyi celebrates his Southern Area title win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Mikey Sakyi celebrates his Southern Area title win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

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Romford super-lightweight Mikey Sakyi punched out a career-best win as he clinched the Southern Area title with a lethal last-round finish at York Hall.

Mikey Sakyi hits out against Siar Ozgul (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)Mikey Sakyi hits out against Siar Ozgul (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

The 28-year-old Sakyi was a late substitute and clear underdog against undefeated title-holder Siar Ozgul but provided one of the boxing shocks of the year in the dramatic 10th round.

Trailing on most cards against the non-stop pressure of the Turkish-born Ozgul, who was unbeaten in 14 fights, Sakyi turned the fight his way with a spectacular left hook to the chin.

Ozgul reeled rubber-legged around the ring after taking the punch and a follow-up barrage from Sakyi was enough to finish the champion and take the Area crown.

Referee Jeff Hinds took a close look at Ozgul and sensibly signalled the fight was over with Sakyi and his seconds celebrating in style.

Sam McNess sends his rival to the canvas (pic Natalie Mayhew Butterfly Boxing)Sam McNess sends his rival to the canvas (pic Natalie Mayhew Butterfly Boxing)

“What a finish,” the new champion beamed.

“I was called as a late substitute but I always stay in good shape and it paid off.”

Sakyi, beaten twice in seven previous fights, soaked up the pressure punching of the Hackney champion and fired back accurate shots before clinching his spectacular victory.

Also winning on the MTK show, Collier Row super-welterweight Sammy McNess outpointed Bulgarian Petar Alexandov over four rounds to claim his ninth win in 10 bouts.

Sam McNess celebrates his win (pic Natalie Mayhew Butterfly Boxing)Sam McNess celebrates his win (pic Natalie Mayhew Butterfly Boxing)

There were also points victories for two super-welterweight prospects trained by Lennie Butcher at Harold Hill’s Five Star gym in Hamzah Sheeraz and Harley Benn.

The 19-year-old Sheeraz decked Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Miguel Aguilar with a crisp right in the second round and was a clear 40-35 winner on the referee’s scorecard for his fourth pro win.

Benn, son of former world champion Nigel, outpointed Slovakian Rudolf Durica for his fourth victory, as referee Hinds scored the Hornchurch boxer a narrow points winner.

*Romford cruiserweight Tony Conquest was happy to launch his 2018 campaign with a fifth-round stoppage win over durable Swede Marcus Alberts at Grays Civic Hall on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former Commonwealth champion halted his tough rival with solid rights and looks for bigger fights after his 18th win in 20 bouts.

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