Unbeaten Teignmouth-born boxer, Ben ‘The Entertainer’ Day (8-0-1) stopped opponent, Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor (10-6-1) in just two minutes and nine seconds to scoop up the vacant Southern Area super-lightweight title on December 5th at London’s York Hall.
The 37-year-old Devonian absolutely sizzled in what was a highly impressive 129 seconds of boxing action.
From the opening bell, Day radiated confidence, adopting his traditional elusive style with hands held low, avoiding Taylor’s punches with ease whilst scoring stinging shots of his own.
Day dropped Taylor with a well-placed left hook flush to the chin and although he bravely continued, the facial expressions clearly displayed the effects it had and it was all over shortly afterwards.
10 years his junior, Taylor failed to land a single punch on the older opponent and absorbed one too many body shots when caught on the ropes causing the referee to step in and call off the contest.
Post-fight, an ecstatic victor stated, “I can’t believe it, it’s crazy! I could see his shots coming before he even threw them, the shot I caught him with I had been working on in the gym.”
Trained by brothers Frank and Johnny Greaves out of the famous Peacock Gym in Canning Town, this was Taylor’s third crack at the Southern Area crown and now third consecutive loss.
The London gym owner, now unbeaten in nine fights and four years, became trainer Rod Julian’s first Southern Area champion to finish off the year in style for the ever-expanding RJ’s Gym in Essex.
Day has now twice won titles with first round finishes, the first being the International Masters Bronze lightweight strap with a first round KO of Latvian opponent, Ilja Sovdra in March this year with just 1:11 on the clock, also at the York Hall.
“Started boxing at 27, two white collar fights and I turned pro, now I’m 37 and the Southern Area champion, people have got to give me credit now,” said the new Southern Area super-lightweight champion.
Pre-fight, Day mentioned eyeing the English title next, currently held by Joe Hughes who defended his honours on the same night against Ricky Hatton’s protégé, Anthony Upton in Walsall, winning via unanimous decision.
The Goodwin Promotions show titled, ‘Night of War’ featured another Southern Area title clash between heavyweights Dominic Akinlade (5-0-1) and Ali Adams (14-2) which also witnessed a first round knockdown.
Baghdad-born Ali Adams hit the deck in the opening round and looked likely to get stopped in the first half of the 10-round contest but rallied bravely to hear the final bell, losing to Akinlade 96-93 on points.