Olubamiwo records third win

PUBLISHED: 18:10 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Promoter Frank Maloney insists promising heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo can reach the top in the division after watching the East End slugger chalk up his latest success in Stoke

Promoter Frank Maloney insists that promising heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo can reach the top in the division after watching the East End slugger chalk up his latest success in Stoke on Friday night.

The former Repton amateur, now trained by James Cook as a professional, made it three quick wins in succession when he flattened opponent Mihai Iftode, stopping the Romanian import in the second round.

Olubamiwo (pictured) found the target with a series of powerful shots to send the Romanian crashing to the canvas before the referee signalled the end.

Michael Grant will be hoping it is not unlucky bout number 13 in his career when he faces French rival Christophe Sebire in a sell-out show at York Hall on Sunday.

The unbeaten light welterweight, who is based at Johnny Eames' Ultrachem Gym in East London, tops the bill at the Bethnal Green venue on a Hayemaker promotions event.

The stylish 25-year-old has a solid record, with 11 wins and a draw from a dozen professional contests, but Sebire looks no soft touch.

The French campaigner, from Rouen, boasts 16 wins and two defeats in his 18 ring appearances and appears a decent test for Grant, who was forced to climb off the floor to beat Stoke's former Commonwealth title challenger Gary Reid in his last outing at the O2 Arena in Docklands in November.

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