Hillyard on a high

PUBLISHED: 10:30 04 February 2015

George Hillyard celebrates his win with Shyam Batra and Marianne Marston (pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro)

George Hillyard celebrates his win with Shyam Batra and Marianne Marston (pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro)


Fighter lifts WBU belt at York Hall

Siar Ozgul goes on the attack against Vladimir Fecko (pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro)Siar Ozgul goes on the attack against Vladimir Fecko (pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro)

George Hillyard lifted the WBU International Championship belt after a stunning display against the Czech Republic’s Michal Vosyka at York Hall.

Vosyka took early control of the proceedings, working off his left hand jab to keep Hillyard at a safe distance.

But Hillyard was more than content to bide his time, although he did land some shots of his own early on, before one of his trademark right hands virtually stooped the Czech in his tracks.

In a flash Hillyard let rip at the disoriented Vosyka with a sensational double handed assault to send him down to the canvas.

Vosyka boxed beautifully in the opening minute or so of the second stanza, albeit a little more cautiously, with his constant strong jabs and double handed flurries leaving Hillyard no option but to play the waiting game once more.

In the third, Vosyka made the error of giving his rival an opening and Hillyard was in like a flash, letting rip first with a big right and then a double handed barrage to send Vosyka to the canvas for a second time.

Vosyka was much more cautious in the fourth, but also more open than previously, which provided Hillyard with even more opportunities to punish him.

Hillyard backed Vosyka towards the corner before letting rip with powerful lefts and rights before a lightning quick left to the body gave Vosyka no option but to take to one knee to get his breath back.

After referee Mickey Vann finished the count, Hillyard literally shot across the ring and let rip with a massive right hand to the head.

And as Vosyka reeled back, off balance and heading back to the canvas, Hillyard let rip with another massive right to the head, sending Vosyka down and out for the count.

Once Vosyka was given the all clear by the ringside medical team, MC Steve Holdsworth made the official announcement, which was followed by the WBU International Championship belt being presented to a clearly elated Hillyard by WBU Ambassador Marianne Marston.

Among the supporting bouts, Siar Ozgul stepped down to welterweight for his first six rounder against tough competition in the form of Czech Vladimir Fecko.

Ozgul secured control of the ring from the start, utilizing his strong jab to great effect, but Fecko was intent on wrestling control from the young Turk, which lead to some fantastic toe-to-toe action.

Both fighters stepped up the pace in the second round, with Ozgul really getting into a flow and allowing himself to make some decent openings to test the mettle of Fecko as he let rip with solid body shots.

There was more of the same in the next couple of rounds, but by round five Ozgul, who was well ahead on referee Ken Curtis’ scorecard, really went for it.

Showcasing his skills in fine style, Ozgul picked off Fecko at every opportunity, from an array of angles.

Fecko, well aware he needed a knockout to win, came out hard and fast for the final round, but Ozgul firmly stood his ground in a battle royal to win 60-54.

Elder brother Onder took on another Czech in Karel Jorejsek in a four-round light-heavyweight clash, which turned out to be the fight of the night.

An all-action clash from start to finish, with neither protagonist willing to concede any ground whatsoever, it saw the two combatants hammering each other for long periods.

It came as no surprise that referee Curtis scored each round in favour of Ozgul, as virtually every punch he threw not only landed but were by far the most meaningful.

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