Super-Lightweight Prospect Sam Maxwell Snatched The Headlines As MTK Global’s Liverpudlian Contingent Recorded A Clean Sweep Of Victories In Front Of Home Fans At Greenbank Sports Academy.
Maxwell, who shared a ring with the legendary Vasyl Lomachenko during an impressive amateur career, moved serenely to 6-0-KO5 as a professional with a ruthless early finish of Nicaraguan Elvin Perez (28-21-4-KO19).
Having dispatched his visitor in less than a minute with a lengthy combination, next up for 29-year-old Maxwell is a chance to shine on the Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire undercard in Belfast on April 21.
Maxwell said: “I looked at Perez’s record and he only loses to prospects so that made me want to come in sharper. These Nicaraguan lads always come to win.
“The atmosphere is brilliant and I wanted to win for all the people who came here to watch me. I can’t wait to fight on the Carl Frampton bill now.”
Elsewhere on the card, unbeaten heavyweight headliner Alex Dickinson (4-0-KO2) served up a dramatic points victory over gritty Bulgarian Ivan Emilov.
Dickinson, who will also fight on the Frampton-Donaire card, looked sure to stop his man with some solid work to the body before weathering a final-round resurgence from Emilov and earning a 39-37 points success.
Dickinson said afterwards: “It was a good little tear-up. He caught me with a punch and it didn’t hurt me but it shocked me a bit. Not many heavyweights have fights like that in their fourth fight.
“He was fit as well for the four rounds. He was going for it in the final round because he thought he had me. The punch that got my nose caught me off guard. He was a tough opponent.”
Earlier on in the evening, former European bantamweight champion Ryan Farrag (18-3-KO4) reignited his British title hopes with a gritty 58-57 points decision over Jose Hernandez, who threatened to spoil the party with a sustained fourth-round assault.
Farrag said afterwards: “He caught me with a good few shots there and it’s good preparation for where I’m going. Hopefully it’s on to a British title shot now.”
Another local fighter, Ged Carroll (7-0) returned to action for the first time in six months and preserved his unbeaten record with a comfortable 59-55 points win over Lee Connelly.