2nd November 2019 – The Engine Room, Lincoln University UK
Sugar Atahasan entered the ring for the second time as a professional boxer representing The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
His opponent Jack Edward Jones weighed in 4 kg heavier than Sugar and dropped 8kg in 4 days to step into the fight.
Sporting a knee injury that flared up early in the first round did not stop him from giving an impressive display of boxing.
Sugar Atahasan dominated the first round, utilising his reach advantage to extremely good effect. However, he didn’t have it all his own way especially as the fight progressed into the second as Jones patiently worked away fashioning openings before letting rip with big shots to the body and head of Atahasan.
Sugar stepped up a gear and really went for it in the third, and as in the first dominated proceedings. Much of the same in the fourth, where about midway through the round, Jack Jones took advantage of a defensive error by Atahasan and landed a peach of a shot that sent the Turkish Cypriot to the canvas. Atahasan barely touched down and was on his feet in an instant and on the restart went in hard and fast through to the end of the round.
After four sensational rounds, Referee Lee Murtagh’s scorecard read 37-38 in favour of Jack Jones.
Sugar fought on the undercard of Nathan Decastro in his defence of the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Middleweight World title, where he also added the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Crown to his collection against late replacement Fernando Castaneda from Mexico.
Pictures courtesy of BIBA (British Irish Boxing Authority)