Golden Contract Finals took place at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on Wednesday, December 2. The event aired live on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN Plus in the US.
In the main event Jazza Dickens retained his WBO European featherweight title by unanimous decision against Ryan Walsh. After ten rounds the judges decision decaled 98-93, 97-94, 96-94.
Winning the Golden Contract featherweight final, Dickens also updated his record to 30-3, 11 KOs. Walsh dropped to 26-3, 12 KOs.
Dickens was in control for the majority of the fight, utilising his jab well and restricting Walsh to short bursts of success. Walsh’s superb heart and never say die attitude meant he kept coming forward, but in the end Dickens proved to be too good.
The three judges scored it 97-94, 98-93 and 96-94, meaning Dickens wins the tournament after previous victories over Leigh Wood and Carlos Ramos.
Dickens said: “I boxed many ways in this tournament with different styles, and I knew it was my chance to show what I can do.
“This was my moment on Sky Sports. I beat Leigh Wood and Ryan Walsh this year and now I want a world title. I’ll have my rewards when I get my world title.
“Sorry to those that couldn’t be there tonight. I need to thank my coaches George Vaughan and Derry Mathews for everything they have done for me.”
In the co-main event Ricards Bolotniks retained his WBO European light heavyweight title and won Golden Contract light heavyweight final. Securing the win by TKO at 2:50 into the tenth round against Serge Michel, he updated his record to 18-5, 8 KOs. The latter dropped to 11-2, 8 KOs.
The power of Bolotniks was on display, with fans watching on TV treated to a great contest. Bolotniks earned a knockdown in round five, before continuing his onslaught in round 10, securing another knockdown.
Michel was able to get back up to his feet, but his corner threw in the towel before the action could resume, handing Bolotniks an impressive win.
Bolotniks said: “At Christmas I will now be drinking coke and eating potatoes! I did my job and I showed the tactics that my coach taught me. I am just so happy.
“I want Anthony Yarde next year. Maybe we will see each other. I am ready for 12 rounds, 15 rounds, or 20 rounds! Everything in this tournament was good. Thank you to everybody. I will go drink beer and eat pizza!”
The complete results from the event can be found below.
Golden Contract Final results
Jazza Dickens def. Ryan Walsh by unanimous decision (98-93, 97-94, 96-94), retains WBO European featherweight title
Ricards Bolotniks def. Serge Michel by TKO (R10 at 2:50) – retains WBO European light-heavyweight title
Harlem Eubank def. Daniel Egbunike by points decision (97-94) – wins English super-lightweight title eliminator
Adam Azim def. Ed Harrison by points decision (60-54)
James McGivern def. Jordan Ellison by points decision (60-53)
Fearghus Quinn def. Scott James (6-6-1) by points decision (60-54)