Karriss Artingstall, a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympic Games, made a seamless transition to professional sports as she won six rounds over Vaida Masiokaite.
At the Skydome Arena in Coventry, Artingstall led her duel with Masiokaite from the start, getting close, causing the opponent to punch from the opponent into blows of her own power.
She started shaking Masiokaite with right hooks that stroked her chin and increased intensity in the fourth round, controlling the combo.
Fighting from the Southpaw position, the Olympic featherweight bronze medalist lined up a heavy left cross that pierced the Lithuanian keeper. Masiokaite is feeling the pressure and Artingstall strikes with sharp and sure power.
There are signs that Masiokaite could be about to unravel but she is resilient, she was only stopped in the distance once and that was against Chantelle Cameron, now unified world champion in the ultralight class.
Masiokaite struggled but Artingstall took all six innings to finish 60-54.
“I enjoyed it,” Aringstall said afterward.
“[I was] Honestly it’s more of a thrill for the ring walk, but when the first bell rings, it’s something I live through day in and day out, so I’m used to it. “
Tyler Denny clinched a stunning win for the British middleweight title against Coventry River local man Wilson-Bent. Denny, a Southpaw, pushed forward, stood on his front legs and approached.
He shakes Wilson-Bent with leaded right hooks and designates where the match will take place, forcing his opponent to wind up and attack the body.
A plus for the off-post action puts Wilson-Bent in an even worse position. But he showed big heart, roaring back in the final round to beat Denny with painful shots into the corner.
The decision was split, judge Steve Gray gave Wilson-Bent a 96-94. But Terry O’Connor and Kevin Parker both got it for Denny, 97-93 and 96-93 respectively.
After Spain’s Carlos Perez shot dead BOXXER Series tournament winner Cori Gibbs with right crosses from the start, the Birmingham attacker took control and won 79-73 in eight the match.