Isaac Chamberlain stops Imantas Davidaitis in three, Paul Hyland Jr out-points Peter Cope
By Tim Hobbs & Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 18/03/17 1:54am
Isaac Chamberlain hit the York Hall headlines again, stopping the towering Imantas Davidaitis in three impressive rounds.
The Brixton cruiserweight picked his shots smartly after a cautious first round but his last shot of the second and almost the opening shot of the third took him to 7-0.
Chamberlain showed he was over the shoulder injury he picked up on his Bethan Green bout against Wadi Camacho and going in against a 6ft 8½in Lithuanian aptly know as 'The Giant', showed patience to match his precision.
The opening range-finding round eventually saw the home fighter find his way through and around Davidaitis' beanpole guard which opened the doors to victory, with a couple of bodyshots towards the end.
The second round saw Chamberlain's jab and his left land smartly before he pinned the Lithuainian on the ropes and then just before the bell sounded, a hard left to the ribs left 'The Giant' gasping for air as he headed to his corner.
Chamberlain wasted no time going for the finish as soon as the third started and a vicious right hook saw Davidaitis go down, and although he made it back up, the Brixton boy's cool and accurate closure saw the referee step in and leave his loud support - including Ellie Goulding - celebrating again.
Paul Hyland Jr took another step towards a shot at the British super-lightweight title following a close-fought points win over Peter Cope.
After a fast-paced opening, Cope began to find his range in the second round, and sent a jolting uppercut through Hyland Jr's guard.
The Belfast man was struggling to cope with the southpaw stance of Cope, who continued to land his straight left hand.
With his perfect record in peril, Hyland Jr raised the tempo, and landed his right hand with regularity over the close rounds to earn his 15th victory with a 78-76 verdict.
Danny Dignum boosted his reputation with a ruthless second-round knockout of Iain Jackson.
The 25-year-old super-middleweight gave a glimpse of his power in the first round as a swift right hand visibly wobbled Jackson.
Dignum then showed impressive hand speed in the second, quickly flooring Jackson with a flurry of punches, and the Essex man dropped him again with an uppercut to force the referee to wave it off.