Khan vs Lo Greco: Natasha Jonas shines in stoppage victory
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 21/04/18 10:51pm
Natasha Jonas continued her impressive start as a professional as she sensationally stopped Taoussy L'Hadji at the Echo Arena.
The 33-year-old was pushed all the way by a defiant L'Hadji but she produced an explosive finish in the seventh to become the first fighter to stop her French foe.
'Miss GB', who notched up her sixth win from as many fights, received a rapturous applause as she made her way to the ring and Jonas got straight down to action, forcing the fight with some swift and eye-catching combinations.
L'Hadji, 41, returned fire for fire in an entertaining second, using her tall, rangy style to cause the Liverpool favourite problems before the pair again engaged on the inside in the next.
The more youthful of the two, Jonas, 33, started to bounce around the ring, tightening up her defence, as she looked to nullify L'Hadji's good work, but still both fighters found success as the fight continued to catch fire.
The home favourite then pumped out some spiteful combinations in the fifth but any plans of a stoppage victory seemed to be dwindling.
That was until the seventh when the Liverpool super-featherweight, whose left eye was starting to swell, unleashed a huge right hand that had L'Hadji out on her feet before another crunching blow brought an end to proceedings, the referee waving off the contest.
"I wanted to come out and get the win, I think my punch power showed in there. I've still got a lot to improve on though," Jonas said.
"I wanted to step up, I could have done another twenty rounds in there."