By Johnny Edward:
British boxer, Gary Corcoran defeated Nigeria's Larry Ekundayo in split decision to clinch the vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight strap at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday July 8,Completesportsnigeria.com.
The three judges scored the closely-fought bout 115-113, 114-113, 113-114 in Corcoran’s favour.
The win was Corcoran's 17th win in 18 bouts while the defeat was the first for Ekundayo in 13 bouts. Ekundayo's last beat the WBO Inter-Continental welterweight challenger Dale Evans back in 2015.
Corcoran started the bout on the front foot with quick pace jabs in the opening round and restricting Ekundayo slightly to the ropes.
'The Natural' as Ekundayo is fondly called grew in confidence returning punches as the bout heated up in the second round.
Ekundayo proved his class landing vicious punches with short hooks on Corcoran who suffered a cut above his left eye during the eighth round and in the ninth round the Nigerian persisted with a combination of short counter hooks that hurt Corcoran badly.
In the 10th round Ekundayo almost knocked out Corcoran after he landed two left hooks but in the final round Corcoran was judged the split winner in the fight.