Alejandro Meneses upsets Sam Maxwell, Jazza Dickens rebounds in Liverpool

Jazza Dickens lands a left hand on Andoni Gago. Photograph from Probellum

Alejandro Meneses pulled off the upset Friday night time in Liverpool, stopping hometown favourite Sam Maxwell in 9 rounds on the Echo Enviornment.

The tip got here at 2:39, as Howard Foster intervened amid an all-out offensive blitz from the Mexican journeyman to name off the junior welterweight bout, handing Maxwell his first professional defeat.

Meneses (16-5, 9 knockouts) of Mexico Metropolis struck first in spherical 4, profiting from Maxwell’s lack of head motion to drop him with a proper hand. Maxwell determined to struggle hearth with hearth, swinging wildly to try to maintain Meneses off of him. The respite was solely transient, as Meneses got here again within the fifth spherical to wobble Maxwell with a counter left hook that had Maxwell struggling to carry on amid a relentless, two-fisted assault.

The appropriate hand as soon as once more put Maxwell (16-1, 11 KOs) on the canvas within the ninth, because the shorter armed native fighter backed straight up, resulting in the stoppage later within the spherical.

The win is the fourth straight for the 32-year-old Meneses, who had beforehand misplaced to 5 opponents who wouldn’t be instantly recognizable to boxing followers. 

The bout was among the many featured bouts on a card promoted by Probellum, and is headlined by the WBO interim bantamweight title struggle between Paul Butler and Jonas Sultan.

Fortuitously for Liverpool followers, there have been various different native favorites on the cardboard with extra favorable outcomes.

James Dickens rebounded from his title alternative loss final 12 months to Child Galahad with a fifth spherical knockout of Andoni Gago in a featherweight bout scheduled for ten rounds.

Dickens (31-4, 12 KOs), higher often called Jazza, dropped Gago (25-5-4, 7 KOs) of Bilbao, Spain with a left hand within the third spherical, earlier than ending issues with a counter left uppercut within the fifth.

“I want a world title subsequent. It may be Leigh Wooden or Josh Warrington, however I would like Leigh Wooden, who I’ve overwhelmed earlier than,” stated Dickens.

“It’s exhausting to see one other man along with your world title.”

Dickens, a local of Liverpool is hoping for a 3rd alternative at a world title after shedding to Guillermo Rigondeaux by second stoppage in 2016 for the WBA junior featherweight title, and being stopped in eleven in opposition to Galahad final August.

Mild heavyweight fringe contender Rocky Fielding earned his third straight victory, stopping Finnish journeyman Timo Laine (30-18, 12 KOs) in spherical 3 with an unanswered barrage of punches. The struggle was a homecoming for the 34-year-old Fielding (30-2, 17 KOs), who was born in Liverpool however hadn’t fought there since his 2019 win over Abdallah Paziwapazi.

Fielding is greatest recognized for his 2018 struggle in opposition to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who stopped him in three rounds at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis to elevate a secondary title that Fielding held at tremendous middleweight.

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