Steven Donnelly romped home in last week’s Ultimate Boxxer V, proving that skills pay the bills.
The London show aired live on BoxNation and while it may not have had the wild excitement of the Cruiserweight competition, the Ballymena boxer proved to be classiest competitor in the tournament’s short history.
Donnelly, who won two Commonwealth Games bronze medals and reached the last eight at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is now looking ahead with a vengeance.
British Champion Ted Cheeseman, Scott Fitzgerald and Anthony Fowler are all in his range and he looks a match for all if his performances over the three-round competition is anything to go by.
If there is some criticism of last week it’s justified in bookies’ favourite Donnelly’s one round win over Ish O’Connor, who was badly over-matched in their quarter-final.
The only opponent who made Donnelly think was semi-final opponent Sean Robinson, who had impressed in the previous round by outpointing brave Lewis Syrett.
Donnelly though had answer to everything Robinson tried and although all three cards were 29-28 there was no doubting who the better man was.
Lenny Fuller, a 16-1 outsider, was the surprise of the night and in his first fight he hammered Kingsley Egbunike in little more than half a minute.
Egbunike appeared to freeze, but Fuller showed that was no fluke, outpointing classy operator Joshua Ejakpovi to reach the final.
It was a fine achievement, but Donnelly’s pedigree told in their meeting, forcing the stoppage inside two rounds to go back to Ireland £16,000 richer and with his profile soaring.