We’re two fights in on today’s Matchroom card from London’s O2 Arena, and a couple of prospects have gotten their hands raised.
Nikita Ababiy TKO-2 Dimitri Faltin
Ababiy, 20, hadn’t gone past the first round as a pro yet, and it wasn’t like he tried to here, beating up Faltin badly in the first round, bloodying his nose, devastating his body with good shots. Early in the second, Ababiy (4-0, 4 KO) landed a straight right and Faltin went down. Faltin (2-4-1, 0 KO) did get up, but was unsteady and just taking a beating, so the referee stopped it at 26 seconds of the second round. Ababiy is a Brooklyn fighter, fought in the World Series of Boxing. He’s well ahead of the guys he’s been beating so far in his official pro career.
“I put on a show, but I have a lot of stuff to work on,” he said after the fight. “It’s boxing, I’m not going to get all fights done in the first round. I did the job, that’s the most important part. Pros are a whole different level. I want to change the lives of everybody around me, everybody I love.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who noted that Ababiy has been working in camp with Daniel Jacobs, said Ababiy may be on the Anthony Joshua card on June 1.
Shannon Courtenay PTS-4 Roz Mari Silyanova
Courtenay (2-0, 0 KO) made her pro debut on March 23 and turned around quick to get back at it here. The bantamweight won on a referee’s score of 40-36, ending the one-fight win streak of Bulgaria’s Silyanova (1-5-1, 0 KO). Matchroom are high on Courtenay, but she’s still young in her career, 25 and learning on the job.