It was a contest which wouldn’t of looked out of place in a Rocky film; the underdog down on the scorecards and needing the knockout for victory. So many boxers in the same scenario fall short, but on this occasion, Romford’s Sakyi delivered in front of a packed York Hall.
The champion in Sakyi’s way to title glory, Siar Ozgul went into the fight undefeated and a clear favourite due to Sakyi only having a weeks notice for the fight. It wasn’t perhaps a fantastic performance by the Turkish-born champion, but what Ozgul was doing seemed to be enough going into the final round. His work rate made Sakyi retreat to the ropes on many occasions throughout the fight as his punching numbers per round looked to overshadow Sakyi’s smart boxing work which the York Hall crowd witnessed only in glimpses.
But it was Sakyi who looked the fresher going into the final round and with just over a minute left of the fight, Sakyi lands a sweetly timed left hook which rocks Ozgul to the ropes. Sakyi smells blood as he pounces onto the attack, another glove lands as it rocks back the head of Ozgul. With the champion trapped on the ropes, Sakyi gave it everything he had left and to his delight, referee Jeff Hinds steps in to stop the contest.
“We knew it was going to be a hard fight, I had to dig deep and in the end I puled it off.” Said a smiling Mikey Sakyi after the fight.
“We train all year round, we’re fit for 12 rounds so any fights coming up we’re ready to go, we’ll fight anybody.”