In London’s York Hall, Billy Nelson’s touted heavyweight hope Martin Bakole was expected to put on a dominant display against Michael Hunter. In what was the night of the upsets, Bakole started relatively well against the American visitor but soon descended into passivity as his fitness failed.
Bakole was desperate to quit at the end of the eighth round. Scottish trainer Nelson did a fantastic motivational job convincing his charge to carry on. Bakole was physically hurt -claiming a right arm injury- and mentally broken down by Hunter who piled on the pressure in the final round. Hunter did an excellent finishing job on the languid African who was taking huge shots against the ropes before the referee belatedly called time in the 10th.
Hunter had previously displayed his resilience in a cruiserweight title challenge against Oleksandr Usyk, and this win sees his stock rise even further at the higher weight class.