Harlem Eubank showcased his boxing skills in a gutsy performance at the iconic York Hall venue this evening Harlem Eubank secured a unanimous points victory over Antin, but their bout was the conclusion of a thrilling night of boxing that also featured Jake Henty, Sophie Alisch, Abass Baraou, and Codie Smith in action. Here are details on the undercard fights.
Harlem Eubank Miguel Antin Undercard
Jake Henty vs Petar Aleksandrov
Henty deployed the power jab well in the first stages of the contest, while also giving Aleksandrov something to think about to the body. Henty displayed good movement away from the shots on the line, but there were rumors of a jaw injury to Henty, and his defense started to let in a few shots in quick succession from Aleksandrov.
Henty twisted well into his uppercuts in the third round. But again, Aleksandrov got through in the 5th and began to smell an opportunity. Thankfully for Henty, he quickly regained control of the fight and came out on top 59-55.
Sophie Alisch vs Gemma Ruegg
Ruegg started with a high work rate but Alisch kept out-landing her before she wobbled Ruegg’s legs and had her going in the 1st round.
Alisch was very lively on the front foot throughout the bout, pushing forward with her lead right foot and punching through the target with the jab. She won by a comfortable 60-54 margin against Ruegg.
Abass Baraou vs Ferenc Katona
Baraou displayed a versatile shot selection and mixed it up well. He landed a massive right hand that nearly knocked Katona out in the last seconds of the opening session. However, the bell sounding only delayed the inevitable for Katona.
The Hungarian away fighter continued to take more punishment and his coach and the referee both had an understanding that if the fight went on into the third round, at the first sign of damage for Katona, it would be stopped. And so it was, with Baraou scoring the 3rd round TKO.
Codie Smith vs Luca Genovese
The debutant, Smith, had a pinpoint accuracy to his work and landed two big hooks to the side of Genovese’s head, at the end of the first stanza. In the middle rounds, he laid even more of a dent on Genovese. The highlight was a lethal combination in the 3rd round after Genovese paused to complain about a perceived low blow. Smith had the Roman trapped in the corner, just before the bell sounded for the end of that round.
He would finish the fight with the same quality and tempo as he started it, securing an impressive 40-36 decision.
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By Harry Duffy