LIAM Cameron lived up to all his hype with a stunning first round knockout victory over Jason Ball at the Don Valley Stadium.
The precocious middleweight, 20, has been hailed as the next big thing in Sheffield boxing for some and went some way to living up to that billing by stopping Ball within two minutes of the first bell.
Ball has a background in mixed martial arts and he swung at Cameron from the off. The youngster, though, stuck to his boxing and soon broke through Ball’s guard.
A right had Ball reeling into the corner and after he landed a few more plush blows from Cameron, the referee had no option but to step in.
Nicki Smedley put in a less spectacular performance but still preserved his unbeaten record by beating William Warburton on points.
Smedley was composed throughout but his relaxed style gives off the impression of idleness.
He managed to catch Warburton with regularity and picked his shots well to earn a deserved 59-56 win.
The Sheffield derby between light-heavys Kyle Whitham and Billy Boyle was ended in the corner prior to the start of the fifth round.
A cut had emerged on Whitham’s eye but with him being ahead on the scorecards he took the bragging rights.
It had been a scrappy fight and a clash of heads had always looked likely. Of the two, Whitham did produce the tidier work and deserved the 39-37 technical decision.
The best fight on the card was between The Manor’s Reagan Denton and Hayes’ Darren McKenna.
Denton looked the classier of but McKenna gave his fair share back and rocked Denton in the last round before a late exchange of blows got the crowd off their feet.
Earlier silky work from Denton handed him a 59-56 win.
Sheffield Cruiser Danny Tombs blew off the cobwebs to dispose of Lowestoft’s Paul Davis in two rounds.
Tombs has been out of action for two years, but announced his comeback with a thunderous knockout.
A right, left combination put Davis through the ropes and despite him managing to stay on his feet, he was clearly dazed and the fight was ended immediately.
There were some surprises on the undercard with Sheffield duo Izzy Asif and Imran Khan, on debut, both losing their unbeaten records.
All looked to be going well for Asif and he won the first round against Darlington’s Carl Wilson. The second was a different story, though. He let down his guard and paid the price as an almighty overhand right sent him crashing to the canvas. He beat the referee’s count but was deemed to be in no condition to continue.
Khan’s Thai boxing pedigree didn’t help him in his Sheffield derby with Dale Hutchinson. Instead of throwing jabs he just kept winding up for big shots and was easily picked off by Hutchinson, who deservedly won 59-57. Both Wilson and Hutchinson picked up their first wins as professionals.
Ingle-trained super-bantam Kid Galahad claimed his seventh straight win against Sid Razak of Birmingham.
Galahad now looks to be a fully functional switch hitter and whilst his advances never looked like stopping the durable Razak, he was full value for his shutout win.
Doncaster’s Andy Roberts was outpointed by fellow journeyman Delroy Spencer.
n Former boxer Sir Henry Cooper died aged 76 last night. Sir Henry, who was knighted in 2000, is best remembered for two famous clashes with Muhammad Ali in the 1960s.