Boxing: Nigeria duo retain world titles as monarch promotions debuts in England

King Davidson against Castaneda
King Davidson against Castaneda

The sold-out event tagged ‘The Homecoming’, took place at the historic St George’s Hall in Bradford, hometown of Tasif Khan, who defended his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight title in the main event.

The iconic St George’s Hall was hosting a boxing event for the first time in its history and both King Davidson and Sule Olagbade did not disappoint.

Olagbade
Olagbade

Sule ‘Tyson Kill’ Olagbade was sensational in his counter punching and his defence was virtually impenetrable as he achieved a unanimous decision victory over Nicaragua’s Arnoldo Solano after twelve fantastic rounds of boxing.

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Judges Jonathan Pasi and Kornelius Bernds both scored the contest 116-112 while Judge Thomas Hakenberg scored it 118-111 all in favour of Olagbade as he retained his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight World title.

Reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Interim Middleweight World Champion, King ‘Hand of God’ Davidson knocked out highly mobile Mexican ‘El Huracan’ Fernando Castaneda with a devastating body shot in the fourth round of scheduled 12 rounds to retain the title he won in Lagos in December 2018.

The main event of the ‘Home coming’ night saw homeboy and four-time, two-division World Champion, Tasif Khan successfully defend his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight World crown he won during ‘King of the ring’ in December 2018 in Lagos.

He knocked out Mexican banger Juan Lopez Martinez in the fifth round.

The tough Mexican survived two knockdowns in the fourth round but could not survive a massive body shot in the fifth round.

In other bouts of the night, Rad Rashid knocked out Hasan Kurnaz in the first round in a battle of big German heavyweights.

In the opening fight of the night, Germany’s Avni Selimi beat Lithuania’s Thomas Vaicickas via fourth round TKO.

In all, it was a bold statement of an English debut made by Monarch Events and Promotions putting up a card of three World Championship fights, an International title fight and a pair of International Heavyweight contests.

In 2018, Prince Stanley Williams the CEO of Monarch Events and Promotions staged big events, ‘Boxfest’ in April and ‘King of the Ring’ in December both in Lagos with as many as six World title fights and later emerged World Boxing Union (WBU) promoter of the year.

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