Golden Contract: Jazza Dickens faces Ryan Walsh in featherweight final after thriller with Leigh Wood
Jazza Dickens defeated Leigh Wood at a vast majority decision to procure a showdown will probably Ryan Walsh from the Golden Contract featherweight closing.
The Liverpudlian claimed a hard-fought success with scores of 95-95, 96-94, 95-94 after a sensational semi-final and won the WBO European name in the process at York Hall on Friday night.
Dickens started and had Wood on the ground at the opener but it was ruled by the referee .
The reigning IBF European winner continued to fight on the front foot in the following two rounds, shifting his attack from the head to the body, whereas Wood threw various shots from every angle in the fourth a bid to permeate his competitor’s tight defence.
Wood found a means through the guard to property a lengthy right at the beginning of the fifth and analyzed the former world title challenger’s chin with a heavy head straight hand.
Earlier Dickens responded by landing at a body taken to halt his charge, the Nottingham fighter continued his good work in the first time.
The 31-year-old dug deep and ended the circular swinging with a grin in his face, although dickens, with his left eye swollen, seemed to have a exhausting Wood in trouble in the seventh.
‘Leigh-thal’ wobbled the Dickens and delivered him to the ropes, before shifting his attack on the body drawing blood at the procedure.
Wood went head searching in vain but Dickens found a grandstand finish and had outside Wood on his toes after grabbing him with a left and following up with barrage of strikes.
The audience were on their feet for the final round as prior to the bell sounded everything withdrew to secure a stoppage with Woods coming close.
Before, Tyrone McCullagh was defeated by Ryan Walsh in an interesting battle by a decision.
Walsh delivered McCullagh into the canvas to secure success at York Hall via dozens of 97-91.
“Total regard to him. I tip my hat for him,” said Walsh on Sky Sports after. “I’m buzzing, I’m to the final.
“I feel a tall orthodox sounds good to me. Stylistically, Leigh Wood is best for me personally.”
Walsh shot the middle of McCullagh and the ring circled in a opener that saw neither man property any punches on his feet.
McCullagh continued to parade around in the second, darting in and out of scope to land, while Walsh attempted to target the human body at the third in a bid to slow down his rival.
After failing to catch the Northern Ireland fighter in the a frustrated Walsh manhandled McCullagh into the canvas at the fifth before being captured by a combo.
Walsh managed to pin down McCullagh in the first time, sending him to the canvas using a hook that was heavy and then had the Derry man unsteadily backpedalling just before the bell.
That the round was claimed by mcCullagh but was cornered from the Cromer fighter at the next and that the southpaw was sent by also a right hook.
Walsh equaling his McCullagh down in the round and dropped him for a second time in the fight.
McCullagh landed a one-two at the start of the 10th but the British featherweight champion replied with all the thicker shots and rightly hand his hands raised in victory.