Unbeaten welterweight contender Conor Benn continued his ascent up the 147lb rankings with a brutal fourth round knockout victory over Chris Algieri in Liverpool.
Following an underwhelming decision win over Adrian Granados in September, ‘The Destroyer’ produced arguably his most impressive performance in bludgeoning the former super-lightweight champion in ferocious fashion.
After a considered body attack in the opening three sessions, the 25-year-old exploded into life at 2:58 of the fourth, uncorking a monstrous 1-2 combination that sent Algieri crashing face first on to the canvas with one of the most chilling knockouts of 2021.
Though stiffer tests lay ahead, Benn has established himself as a genuine contender in the stacked welterweight division, and called on brash, controversial four-weight world champion Adrien Broner to be his next opponent in 2022.
Elsewhere on the undercard, undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor won a lopsided unanimous decision over Firuza Sharipova in a scrappy affair. Taylor will now look ahead to a potential money-spinning showdown with fellow female boxing great Amanda Serrano.
Joe Cordina continued his rise up the super-featherweight rankings with a clear decision win over Miko Khatchatryan. With promoters Matchroom Boxing having recently announced the signing of IBF champion Kenichi Ogawa, Cordina moves to within touching distance of his maiden world title shot.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Caoimhin Agyarko impressed on his Matchroom Boxing debut, halting Noe Larios Jr. in the ninth round of their scheduled ten rounder.
Home favourite Robbie Davies Jr. produced a sensational performance in becoming only the second man (behind pound-for-pound luminary Terence Crawford) to stop the wily Hank Lundy.
Davies Jr. looked much improved under the guidance of new trainer Shane McGuigan, sending Lundy through the ropes – and into retirement – with a thumping right hand in the second round.
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