Natasha Jonas (left) brings Marie-Eve Dicaire right down to dimension en path to profitable the Ring/IBF/WBC/WBO junior middleweight championship on the AO Enviornment in Manchester on November 12, 2022. (Photograph by Ian Hodgson/PA Photographs through Getty Photographs)
Natasha Jonas promised to focus all her strengths on fellow champion Marie-Eve Dicaire in her quest to change into a three-belt unified titlist and new Ring champion within the junior middleweight division. And he or she delivered, each step of the way in which.
The 38-year-old Jonas, a legend as Britain’s first-ever feminine Olympian, demolished Canada’s Dicaire over 10 rounds and defeated her by unanimous choice so as to add her IBF belt to her personal WBC and WBO trinkets, in addition to the Ring belt left behind by Claressa Shields as she moved as much as middleweight.
Jonas got here out storming within the first spherical on the AO Enviornment in Manchester, scoring from a distance with straight lefts on this duel of southpaws. Jonas stored discovering her vary together with her left within the second spherical, managing to wobble Dicaire briefly in direction of the tip of the spherical.
Dicaire started making use of her for much longer vary within the third, however Jonas responded by stepping in to shut the hole and touchdown with each palms in her finest spherical as much as then.
Displaying an rising diploma of frustration, Dicaire tried to tough up the combat within the fifth, leading to a number of onerous head clashes, however was largely unable to cease Jonas’ onslaught.
A proper hook by Dicaire in direction of the tip of the sixth spherical was the Canadian’s finest punch of the evening, and she or he adopted up with a two-fisted assault that slowed Jonas down for a bit.
Jonas responded with a terrific straight left because the seventh spherical was simply beginning, and proceeded to dominate the spherical together with her higher accuracy and footwork.
A demolishing proper hook by Jonas opened the eighth, and every little thing gave the impression to be in favor of “Miss GB” happening the house stretch. Dicaire responded with a number of strong mixtures inside, however was unable to seek out the vary to attach cleanly for probably the most half. Dicaire ended the spherical bleeding profusely from her nostril as properly.
Dicaire pressed the motion within the ninth however nonetheless lacked the instruments, and now the power, to maintain Jonas at bay and rating convincingly. A strong straight left that crashed on Jonas’ face within the early going was most likely among the finest punches of the evening, however it was not sufficient.
Jonas got here out decided to outland Dicaire and look nice doing it, and she or he achieved it by remaining calm and making use of her higher footwork and accuracy to impress the judges one final time and cement a victory that appeared all however assured earlier than the ultimate bell rang out.
The scorecards learn 100-90, 98-92 and 97-93 in favor of Jonas, who thus improved to 13-2-1 with eight knockouts, whereas Dicaire slipped to 18-2 with just one stoppage win.
Within the co-main occasion, Dalton Smith defended his British junior welterweight title with a majority choice win over 12 rounds in opposition to Kaisee Benjamin in a combat that noticed loads of attention-grabbing exchanges from each fighters in an evening of back-and-forth motion.
After splitting the primary 4 rounds at one apiece, Smith pressed ahead throughout the center rounds to seek out his vary and frustrate Benjamin along with his hit-and-grab techniques.
An overhand proper in 8th spherical by Benjamin appeared to show the tide for a number of rounds, however Smith rallied within the tenth spherical to outland a slowing Benjamin who simply couldn’t discover the vary to take the initiative or the solutions to Smith’s onslaughts.
The scorecards learn 115-114, 117-112 and 116-113 in favor of Smith, who improved to 13-0 (10 KOs) whereas Benjamin went right down to 16-2-1 (6 KOs).
In a quite pedestrian heavyweight conflict, unbeaten sensation Frazer Clarke failed to attain a knockout win for the primary time in his brief profession, scoring a unanimous choice win over Poland’s Kamil Sokolowski after six rounds of motion. The towering Clarke took his time in opposition to a keen however outgunned Sokolowski, scoring at will and cementing a win that was clearly expressed in referee Steve Grey’s lone scorecard of 60-54.
Clarke improved to 4-0 (3 KOs) whereas Sokolowski ends with 11-27-3 (4 KOs).
Earlier, Tyler Denny defended his English middleweight belt with a intently disputed choice win over Bradley Rea.
Denny (15-2-3) dominated the center rounds after a few even first few rounds, however took some severe punishment to the physique within the eighth spherical and appeared on the verge of being stopped earlier than rallying to save lots of the evening with a razor-thin choice win by scorecards of 95-94, 96-94 and 97-92.
With the loss, Rea dips to 14-1 (5 KOs).
Within the first combat of the published, unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Vidal Riley improved to 7-0 (4 KOs) with a demolition of Ross McGuigan (3-1, 0 KO). Riley went after his foe from the very first bell, and at last discovered his chin with a looping overhand proper in direction of the tip of the third spherical that despatched McGuigan down, and the combat was waved off nearly instantly after that.
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