An accidental clash of heads prematurely ends a brilliant fight between Kerman Lejarraga and Dylan Charrat.
Drama often follows Kerman Lejarraga and his fight with Dylan Charrat was no different. For three rounds, the European super-welterweight crown looked to be heading to France as Charrat dominated the early rounds with his brilliant jab. The fight turned in the second half and it was the Spaniard who was crowned champion via technical decision after the bout was halted early due to a clash of heads that cut Lejarraga.
Lejarraga’s career in title class was on the line against Charrat but more opportunities are likely to come his way following a gutsy effort that looked like an impossible mission in the early sessions. Charrat was superb at the start as he landed constant combinations against an opponent who had no answer to for the Frenchman’s textbook approach.
As the fight wore on, Charrat’s tactics, perfect to begin with, started to deteriorate as the pace got too much for him. This sparked Lejarraga into action and his aggressive tactics had great success and the fight flipped massively in his favour.
Heading into the championship rounds, the contest was evenly poised but a clash of heads in round nine was a blessing for Lejarraga. Early into the following session, the ringside doctor ended the action and the judges' scorecards favoured the home fighter by the narrowest of margins. Lejarraga emerged victorious but this story might have a few more chapters left.
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Lejarraga takes the crown via majority decision after tough battle with Charrat. The bout went to the scorecards early due to a cut suffered by the Spaniard but his aggression in the fight's second half gives him the verdict by the narrowest of margins. A rematch is a must.
There's still some life in Charrat's legs. The Frenchman done laps of the ring in round nine but his frequent jab scored on several occasions and that's just enought to give him a much needed round. 10-9 Charrat.
Lejarraga has turned this fight around brilliantly. Charrat's excellent start has come at a cost as he's running out of energy and ideas. Lejarraga is non-stop and it's giving him the rounds. 10-9 Lejarraga.
Lejarraga needed a good round and he's just had one. The crowd are extremely vocal for this fight and their favourite fighter has just made them turn the volume up. Charrat was caught with several shots. Is Lejarraga turning the direction of this fight in his favour? 10-9 Lejarraga
Lejarraga's right eye is marked up as he continues to swallow the jab of Charrat. The Spanish fighter is very much in the fight as he's landing decent shots but it's Charrat's volume that is stealing the rounds. 10-9 Charrat.
Lejarraga has neglected his relentless approach and he's now planning his approach a little more strategically. Charrat finished the round stronger but there was enough from Lejarraga in the first two minutes to give him the round. 10-9 Lejarraga.
Mary Romero retained her European crown with an impressive stoppage over Amy Timlin. Romero was busy from the start and Timlin found it difficult to keep up with the ferocious pace set by the Spaniard. After eight rounds, largely one-sided in Romero's favour, Kieran Farrell, the ex-fighter and trainer of Timlin, showed some compassion and pulled his boxer out.
Martinez sets up Barrett rematch with win over Duran
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Kiko Martinez will likely face Zelfa Barrett for a second time after he defeated Jayro Duran on points. Martinez used all of his experience to dominate the bout and it appears that his next contest will see him go over old ground against Barrett. Hearn stated that the second meeting will take place in Manchester at the end of the year as Martinez aims for revenge. Tonight's workout will have done him the world of good as he prepares to visit Britain for another chapter in his fantastic story.
Cristobal Lorente registered the best win of his career as he outpoined the vastly experienced Anuar Salas. Lorente had his man down on two occasions but he was unable to sustain his attacks as Anuar done all he could to survive the onslaught. Despite having to go the distance, Lorente can be pleased with his performance as he took a comfortable decision on the scorecards.
Gholam eventually stops ridiculously brave Perouene
Moussa Gholam showed why there's plenty of noise about him in Spain as he produced a flawless performance to get past Mauro Perouene. Gholam was superb from the outset and several attacks hurt the Argentinian throughout the bout. Despite Gholam's regular assaults, Perouene wouldn't go down, but he was eventually rescued by his own corner with just a minute remaining in the contest. Gholam is a fighter well worth monitoring.
Cyrus Pattinson demonstrated why he's one of British boxing's brightest prospects with a hard-fought points win over Dumitru Vicol. Pattinson had plenty of good moments but he was matched for much of the fight as Vicol refused to wilt. Pattinson's extra pedigree counted for a lot and that was good enough to get the Newcastle man the verdict by narrow margins.