BKB 28 Results: Barrie Jones Turns Back Jimmy Sweeney in Rematch
Regarded by many as the world’s best bare knuckle fighter, Jimmy Sweeney had never lost a rematch.
That changed on Saturday night.
Unbeaten champion Barrie Jones repeated an earlier victory, knocking down and stopping the legend on cuts after one round. The world title fight headlined BKB 28 at the Indigo at the o2 Arena in London.
“The better man won tonight. I want to take a year off. Put your hands together for a great man,” Sweeney said after the fight.
“Obviously, I watched the first fight. See what I went wrong a bit. I knew I had to pick my punches a bit better. I thought I done well tonight,” Jones said.
Jones did more than well. He knocked Sweeney down twice before the fight was stopped by the ringside doctor. Sweeney was cut badly over the left eye, and the gash noticeably troubled the legend.
Jones is now 8-0 in BKB. Sweeney, fighting his 20th BKB battle, is now 16-4.
Podmore Becomes 2 Division Champion
In an absolute war, Daniel Podmore became a two division champ, beating close friend Ryan Barrett. Podmore won the BKB World Cruiserweight Title with the win. He’s also the promotion’s heavyweight champ.
Podmore started quickly, but was heavily rocked by Barrett right hands. Somehow, Podmore was able to stay upright. He answered back with a left hook that stunned Barrett after getting hit with a big right hand.
In round two, Podmore took control, pressing Barrett and landing solid body and head shots on a tiring Barrett. Barrett was exhausted and in trouble at the bell.
Before round three, the fight was stopped in the corner. Podmore told interviewer and former world champ Glenn McRory after the fight he was close to getting knocked out by good mate Barrett.
Other BKB 28 Results
Scott McHugh retained the British bantamweight title, outboxing Martin Reffell over 5 rounds. Refell started quickly, landing shots at close range.
McHugh started to find his distance, landing quick lefts and rights. The champion continued to get the better of the action for all five rounds.
Carl Hobley survived a late knockdown to earn a five-round unanimous decision against Jody Meikle. With the win, Hobley earned the BKB British Heavyweight Title.
The BKB Super Welterweight Title ended in surprising fashion. Dan McGraffin was unable to continue after getting knocked down and injuring his ankle.
McGraffin knocked down opponent Maxime Bellamy after Bellamy came out swinging wildly. The French fighter battled back, dropping McGraffin with a big right hand for the victory.
Reece Murray and Sonny Smith boxed impressively, winning decisions against Russell Pearce and Aaron McCallum. Full results below.
3 September, 2022
Indigo at the o2, London, England
Shane McPhilbin NO CONTEST Ruskov Dominguez
Pat Nash DRAW Callan Harley
John Collier def. Luca-3 Round Unanimous Decision
Sonny Smith def. Aaron McCallum-Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Reece Murray def. Russell Pearce-Unanimous Decision
Maxime Bellamy def. Dan McGraffin-KO Round 1 (Wins BKB Super Welterweight World Title)
Carl Hobley def. Jody Meikle-Unanimous Decision (Wins BKB British Heavyweight Title)
Scott McHugh def. Martin Reffell-Unanimous Decision (Retains BKB British Bantamweight Title)
Daniel Podmore def. Ryan Barrett-TKO Round 2(Podmore Wins BKB World Cruiserweight Title)
Barrie Jones def. Jimmy Sweeney-TKO Round 1 (Jones Retains BKB Title)
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