Conor Benn produces brilliant finish to stop Chris Algieri

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Conor Benn finished 2021 in style with a superb fourth-round knockout over Chris Algieri. 

The skillful New Yorker had been in the ring with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence, and he was expected to provide Benn with a stern test, but Benn made a mockery of those opinions with a brilliant display that solidified his credentials at 147lbs. Benn made his intentions clear from the first bell with an aggressive approach that immediately put Algieri on the back foot. A left hook floored Algieri in the second round, and although the 37-year-old complained about the count, he could have no issues with the finish that came two rounds later. 

Loitering on the ropes, Algieri was plotting a counter, but a well-timed 1-2 from Benn ended any ambition that Algieri had left. A stunning performance was capped off with an even better finish. Benn is now ready to test himself against more prominent names in 2022, as he mentioned Amir Khan, Kell Brook, and Adrien Broner as potential opponents. 

On the undercard, Katie Taylor prepared for a possible megafight against Amanda Serrano next year with a hard-fought win over Firuza Sharipova. Taylor was pushed hard early in the fight, but after working the Kazakh out by the halfway point, the Irish superstar was able to take over and win convincingly on the scorecards. 

Full results can be found below. 



Benn stops Algieri in round four

Benn finds the shot to end matter in an instant as one punch brings glory to Benn. A smart feint exposes Algieri and a brilliant 1-2 leaves Algieri on the floor unable to beat the count.

Benn vs. Algieri: Round Three

Benn's round purely on effort. He's busier than Algieri and he's the on top fighter. Algieri could do with a big round before this fight gets away from him. 10-9 Benn.

Benn vs. Algieri: Round Two

Algieri hits the floor but it did appear to be a balance issue rather than him being hurt. The ref scored it a knockdown. A big round for Benn on the cards. 10-8 Benn. 

Benn vs. Algieri: Round One

Plenty of body attacks in the opener from Benn as he looks to slow down his older opponent. He takes the round for his extra industry. 10-9 Benn.

Taylor outpoints Sharipova

Katie Taylor was in a serious fight against Firuza Sharipova, but the Irish superstar did enough to keep her world titles and remain the undisputed women's lightweight champion. Sharipova pushed the action in the early stages, but once Taylor figured her out, she began to gain momentum and take over the action. Taylor was the worthy winner at the end of ten scrappy rounds. Could we get Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano next?

Bivol wins in Russia

Dmitry Bivol has defeated Umar Salamov on points to keep his WBA title at 175lbs. Bivol was in control throughout and can now set his sights on big fights in 2022.

Davies breathes life into his career with stoppage of Lundy

Robbie Davies Jr. needed less than two rounds to stop Hank Lundy as he captured the WBA Continental belt at 140lbs. The veteran American was expected to test Davies, but from the first bell, it was clear that the Philadelphia man wasn't going to last long. After hurting Lundy in the first, Davies continued the attacks in round two, with Lundy falling out of the ring. Unfortunately, the American could not continue leading Davies to celebrate wildly with Shane Mcguigan. 

Cordina goes distance against Khatchatryan

After a one-round win over Joshuah Hernandez earlier this year, Joe Cordina was forced to go ten rounds against Miko Khatchatryan. However, the Welshman controlled the bout from the start by combining his skills with aggression. Cordina has his eyes fixed on a world title in 2022, and this fight should serve him well as he won 100-90 and 98-92 x 2 on the scorecards to win the WBA Continental super-featherweight belt.

Edwards retains world title in Dubai

Over in Dubai, Sunny Edwards has produced a solid display against Jayson Mama to make a successful defence of his world flyweight title. 

McGrail enjoys an early night

Peter McGrail wasted no time with Engel Gomez as he scored the first stoppage of his pro career. McGrail fought with admirable confidence and after working out his opponent in the first round, he exploded into life in the next session. A brilliant straight left hand found the exposed target of Gomez, and the referee was quick to stop Gomez from taking more punishment to the stricken Nicaraguan. 

Agyarko finally stops tough Larios

Caoihmin Agyarko was aggressive from the first bell against Noe Larios, and his relentlessness was rewarded in the fight's penultimate round. Larios absorbed a lot of punishment from the Belfast man, and it appeared that he would hear the final bell. But a heavy attack from Agyarko in round nine was enough to force the third man to rescue the man from San Diego. Nevertheless, Agyarko should be satisfied with his night's work. 

A huge night of boxing is set to get underway

It's almost time for the action to start in Liverpool. A stacked show full of intriguing contests is about to get underway, and it's headlined by Conor Benn's tricky assignment against Chris Algieri. 


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