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Boxing: Olubamiwo on title trail after knockout win

PUBLISHED: 12:35 01 July 2010 | UPDATED: 16:13 05 October 2010

Stoppage: Olubamiwo took out Ferguson in under two minutes

Stoppage: Olubamiwo took out Ferguson in under two minutes

Frank Maloney needed a silver lining on Friday and it came in the form of man mountain Clapton s heavyweight hope Larry Olubamiwo.

By Len Whaley

Frank Maloney needed a silver lining on Friday and it came in the form of man mountain Clapton's heavyweight hope Larry Olubamiwo.

The promoter suffered a disappointing evening at the Brentwood Centre as he watched his local heavyweight favourite John McDermott suffer a ninth round stoppage defeat to Manchester's Tyson Fury.

In the semi-main event, the man Barking's UKIP candidate Maloney calls 'The War Machine' had looked set for his most stern test yet with a scheduled ten round affair against North Shields' David Ferguson.

However, the man Maloney calls 'The War Machine' was not in the mood to hear from the judges and blasted out his northern opponent after just 112 seconds of their English heavyweight title eliminator.

Former Repton amateur Olubamiwo has now demolished eight of his opponents inside two rounds and has beaten his main rivals - Scott Belshaw, Colin Kenna and Ferguson, inside a round, with all three wilting under the power and pressure of the the man they call 'The Big O'.

Ferguson had piled on early pressure in the bout, but Olubamiwo hurt him with a punch to the body, then backed him to the ropes, where he connected with powerful rights.

Despite having never previously been stopped in his 14 bouts, with just two losses in his career, Ferguson fell to the floor and was unable to beat the count.

"The plan was to wear him down, but when I connect, it's all over," said a delighted Olubamiwo.

"My trainer, James Cook, says if I hit anyone, they're going over."

Olubamiwo may be 31, but has the punch power to cause havoc in the heavyweight division.

He has previously said he wants more experience before hitting the title trail, the 18 stone star has shown his commitment to the sport by travelling to Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym in LA for top class sparring sessions with American heavyweights.

Also celebrating a good win at Brentwood was Tom Dallas, another giant prospect guided by Maloney and based at Canning Town's Peacock gym, who slammed his 11th straight professional success by beating the game Norwegian rival Daniel Peret.

Referee Dave Parris scored it 60-54 for Dallas (16st 7lbs) who had knocked out his previous eight opponents inside two rounds and was soon pouring on the punches. His tough rival was cut in the third round, but absorbed all the attacks and deserved the acclaim he received at the final bell.

"I caught him with some cracking shots and he walked through them," said Dallas after the fight.

In the main event, Fury was ahead 77-73 on all three judges cards after eight rounds, but was cut on the right eye and docked a point for holding.

He had to dig deep in sweltering conditions and although weary, he put together a two-fisted burst in the eighth round and McDermott crumpled to the canvas, and suffered two further knockdowns in the ninth, when referee Dave Parris stopped the bout.


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