Crocker stops Greene, Taylor and McGregor win
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A good night of action from MTK featured a gem between Liam Taylor and Darren Tetley.
Lewis Crocker stayed unbeaten with a stoppage win over Louis Greene in today’s MTK Fight Night main event, dropping Greene three times overall in the fight, which was stopped at 2:02 of the seventh round.
The 23-year-old Crocker (12-0, 7 KO), a Belfast welterweight, had Greene (12-2, 7 KO) down in the first round, but Greene stayed in the fight before being put down two more times in the seventh, leading to referee Michael Alexander stopping the contest.
This reporter’s (I always wanted to do that, I’m sorry) internet went down early in the fifth round, so this reporter (!) can’t provide much more detail than that, as the show was streaming on ESPN+ here so this reporter (!!) was pretty reliant on this reporter’s (!!!) internet being up. But there was plenty more good stuff on this show, too.
Liam Taylor UD-10 Darren Tetley
This was a terrific fight, a minor gem that if you missed it, you should definitely give it a watch. Great back-and-forth action, great ebb and flow, some big highlights, two styles meshing very nicely, each man having their great moments, each man looking vulnerable at other points.
In the end, Taylor (22-1-1, 10 KO) gets the win on scores of 95-93, 96-93, and 96-93, boosted by knockdowns in the second and third rounds. Bad Left Hook had Tetley (20-1, 9 KO) battling back to nick this one on our card, 95-93, but it’s by no means a robbery or even controversial or anything. It came down a lot to what you favored. Tetley may have done the cleaner and more clever work in many rounds, but there were a lot of them that could have gone either way, and Taylor was the more dangerous man in there, showed the heavier hands, and took Tetley’s good shots really well.
The win puts Taylor, 29, in line for a rematch with British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Chris Jenkins. The two met last November, and Jenkins was down in the second round, but the fight ended in a technical decision in the fourth round after a clash of heads opened a bad cut on Jenkins.
Taylor, frankly, doesn’t sound overly concerned with getting the rematch, and is open to better offers if he gets one.
“I believe I should’ve been defending the British and Commonwealth titles tonight after my last fight with Jenkins,” he said after the fight. “ I believe I was the best in Britain that night against Jenkins, but we’re going to move forward. If I get bigger fights offered, we could do those.”
Lee McGregor TKO-5 Ryan Walker
McGregor, the 23-year-old British and Commonwealth bantamweight champ, wasn’t defending his titles here, just getting active. He ate a few shots, as he’ll do, but he also just overwhelmed Walker on the whole, dropping and stopping his opponent in the fifth, and McGregor (9-0, 7 KO) had been doing consistent damage. Walker (11-2, 2 KO) was holding up OK for the most part and was upset with the stoppage, but he was taking punishment and not giving enough back, so referee Phil Edwards called it at 0:16 of round five.
“I was fully confident I was going to put on a good performance tonight, and I put a lot of pressure on myself, because I said people were going to see a lot of changes with me,” McGregor said after the fight. “So if it was a bad performance, I had no excuses, because I was doing so well in the gym. There was no quit in him but I feel like it was the right call. He wasn’t in the fight and was talking some big shots, and it was only going to get worse.”
Fearghus Quinn PTS-6 Robbie Chapman
Chapman looked like Ras Trent, but he wasn’t a joke in the ring. He gave the 24-year-old Quinn a solid fight in Quinn’s pro debut. Chapman (6-4, 0 KO) came here to fight and made Quinn earn it in six rounds, even if Quinn (1-0, 0 KO) did officially win every round, taking the referee’s card 60-54.
“This came up on short notice, and I knew I was fit enough so I took it,” Quinn said of his pro debut, which was originally set for April. “Robbie’s a tough guy. I suppose I was a bit over-eager. I thought I hurt him in the first round, but he recovered well. Now we move on to bigger things. Fighting someone with a winning record for my debut shows I mean business.”
Gary Cully PTS-8 Craig Woodruff
Cully (11-0, 5 KO) takes a score of 77-75 in this one, which I think was just a bit closer than it really was, having scored it 78-73, but this was a decent fight for Cully, who admitted he got some lessons in the bout with Woodruff (10-6, 4 KO), a tough fighter who tests guys on their way up.
The 24-year-old Cully is a tall lightweight at 6’2”, fought here at 140, where he’s still tall. He’ll be tall for a few more weights, really. He’s lanky and has a fluidness to his punches from the southpaw stance, but young and does still make some mistakes. We saw that when he got caught and dropped hard in the fifth round here, but he also came back really nicely, got himself together and fought well the rest of that round and the rest of the fight, and he’d started nicely, too.
“He woke me up there, I was getting a bit comfortable. It’s experience for later on,” Cully said of the fifth round scare. “I hadn’t lost a round in my first 10 fights, so it was good to be in there with someone who could test me. It’s all experience that will benefit me going forward. I’ve never been knocked down before, even in sparring. I felt OK, but maybe I wasn’t. Thankfully I got my bearings and held on for a couple seconds, and I thought I won the rest of the round.”
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