Napa outpointed in defence of Euro title
PUBLISHED: 17:31 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:13 05 October 2010
Ian Napa's reign as European bantamweight champion came to an end in his first defence following a comprehensive points defeat Malik Bouzaine
Ian Napa's reign as European bantamweight champion came to an end in his first defence following a comprehensive points defeat by French challenger Malik Bouzaine at Newham on Friday night.
The East London fighter had harboured hopes of a world title bid ahead of the clash but he failed to justify those lofty ambitions as he struggled against his taller, stronger Parisian opponent.
Bouzaine, who was fighting in just his 11th bout as a professional, piled on early pressure and maintained his attacks throughout the later rounds to move further ahead.
Napa did rally in the closing stages, but lost a unanimous decision 118-110, 117-11, 115-113 and admitted he had been well beaten.
He said: "The guy pickpocketed the fight, but he did what he had to do. He won fair and square - I thought he'd slow down but he never did."
There were good wins on the undercard of the Frank Maloney promotion for towering heavyweight duo Larry Olubamiwo and Tom Dallas.
Former Repton amateur Olubamiwo slammed his fourth straight quick win - all inside two rounds - when he flattened Polish opponent Michal Skierniewski in the opening round.
Tom Dallas, based at Canning Town's Peacock Gym, was also a first-round winner in Newham as he blasted out Swindon's Ben Harding with his opening assault.
l Ashley Theophane, the TKO Gym light welterweight, boxed his way to a points victory over Glasgow rival Craig Docherty in the feature fight on promoter Miranda Carter's Sunday show at York Hall.
Theophane, who has lost just one of his last 15 fights, controlled the contest with his superior skills to take the verdict after six rounds.
Former West Ham amateur Nathan Weise bounced back to winning form on the undercard with a good display against Cambridge rival Louis Byrne to take the points verdict.
Unbeaten TKO prospect Pat McAleese was also a points winner, showing his improvement as he defeated Lester Walsh over four rounds.
l Colombian super-middleweight star Edison Miranda hammered a fifth-round win over Nigerian veteran Joey Vegas at York Hall on Friday.
East London-based flyweight Najah Ali was a points winner on the bill as he defeated Shaun Walton for his third straight pro win.
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