Nadeem Siddique is back.
After five year’s boxing inactivity - mainly through injury - the Sheffield welterweight returned last night to sensationally KO Alexander Farkas, a Hungarian, on a Dave Coldwell bill in Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre.
At 36, it was a heck of an achievement to come back.
But the style of his victory was even more eye-catching.
Farkas was down twice from body shots in the first round.
Such was the one-sdied punishment that referee Steve Gray stepped in to stop the fight at 2:18.
It was supposed to have been a four round contest.
Now the delighted Wincobank man is hoping to pick up where he left off and pursue a domestic title.
* Vasyl Lomachenko has beaten Gary Russell by majority decision to win the vacant WBO featherweight title in Carson City, California.
The Ukrainian dropped a split decision to Orlando Salido in March but, after the Mexican fighter was stripped of his belt for failing to make the weight, Lomachenko was handed a second chance against Washington DC’s Russell.
While the American did manage to hit his opponent with quick combos in the early rounds on Saturday night, Lomachenko grew into the bout and scored a left uppercut to the chin before stunning Russell right at the final bell.
The judges’ scorecards read 14-114, 116-112 and 116-112, with double Olympic and triple world amateur champion Lomachenko telling ESPN: “I’m very happy and excited to be a world champion.
“I just worked by the plan built by our team. I was just working hard.”