“He might freeze here,” BT Sport commentator John Rawling suggested as Ebeneezer Tetteh ducked out of a pre-fight staredown and suddenly remembered he needed a gum shield.
Freeze? There are three-year-old ice cream tubs stored at the bottom of abandoned freezers with warmer tendencies than Ebeneezer. After dismissing domestic rival Nathan Gorman in five rounds in July, Daniel Dubois, 22, is allowed a soft touch. Tetteh was soft alright; providing another frame on DDD’s highlight reel knockout strip, secured in the BT basement ready to help build hype for his next significant outing.
The manner of victory in Frank Warren’s Royal Albert Hall main event is no knock on Daniel (13-0, 12 knockouts) who realised pretty quickly that the Ghanaian placed in front of him was below any reasonable standard. Dubois smashed out the jab, hunted the body (a couple strayed low, which was conveniently missed by both the commentators and analysing crew) and treated Tetteh’s token, heavy-armed responses with the contempt they deserved.
Dropped twice, Tetteh (19-1, 16 knockouts) showed more vigour after the fact when pushing referee Mark Lyson in a vain attempt to dispute the stoppage. He probably should’ve been offered the opportunity to fall for the third time – which he surely would’ve done.
“I did what I had to do, I worked the jab and everything I worked on in training I put into practice,” said Dubois, who took home the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title.
“I am relaxed in the ring and the more relaxed you are, the more power you can generate as a fighter. I think with every fight I am improving.”
He certainly is improving, but much stiffer tests will come. Possibly in the form of British rival Joe Joyce who was doing his best to talk up a fight between the pair at ringside as TV host Paul Dempsey peppered him with questions from all angles. If only 31-year-old Tetteh had shown as much aggression as the fiery veteran presenter -or even Dubois’ last Ghanaian victim Richard Lartey – and we could’ve had an acceptable main event.
In an undercard full of quickfire finishes Declan Geraghty typically played to type by looking like a million dollars for the first few rounds before getting himself brutally knocked out in the fourth round.
To think once upon a time, the Dubliner entered the ring against fellow southpaw Jono Carroll as an overwhelming favourite. “Deco” was the man on the way up, Carroll (who has since gone on to fight at world level) also unbeaten but expected to be a domestic footnote on Geraghty’s route to the top.
Back in the Albert Hall, talented yet flawed Geraghty (19-5) was contorting his body out of a clinch in an uncoordinated Amir Khan style when opponent on the night, Archie Sharp (17-0), saw a chin dangling in front of him. Sharp uncorked a cracking left hook that landed on the button, sending Geraghty down and out in a manner that is becoming uncomfortable given its increasing regularity.
DDenzel Bentley, Dennis McCann, and Willy Hutchinson all posted early knockout wins. Nicola Adams struggled to a draw with Mexico’s Maria Salinas.