picture Joe Hester @SlowLoris21

Top of this BoxNation bill from York Hall was Ashley Sexton versus Sabelo Ngebinyana, contested for the vacant IBF International Bantamweight Title. 

In round one, two high guards are presented and it's hard to split the pair. Not many punches get through, but a highly-alerted competitive round. Round two displays Ngebinyana being difficult to pin down, but Sexton gets through with a good left hook and begins to improve his success, finding a way through Ngebinyana's tight-guard. It begins to get scrappy in the third with both men showing aggression, Ngebinyana targets the body with left and rights simultaneously and begins to stalk Sexton with more intensity.

Continued pressure from Ngebinyana and a quick flurry of punches forces Sexton to receive a standing count in the fourth, but appears to be more off balance rather than as a result of his opponent's punches. Directly after, Ngebinyana stalks Sexton on the front foot and takes advantage of Sexton's confusion.

The referee calls a time-out in the fifth and has a word with Ngebinyana, who then becomes relentless in the next and final round, his momentum now in full force, forcing the corner to stop the fight after Sexton is dropped. A very competitive contest but ultimately Ngebinyana was too strong and grew into the fight steadily.

With Sexton suffering his first loss since 2013, which he will most certainly be devastated by, I would like to see him drop down a level and potentially face a domestic opponent. Someone like Sean Cairns or Sean McGoldrick who also have suffered losses in the past would be good for Sexton to regain credibility and to potentially gain a good pay-day.

Ngebinyana will have a long list of opportunities against world ranked opponents but I would imagine the route he will go down will be to continue climbing the ladder within the IBF rankings in his pursuit of more major titles.

Also on the bill was Beau Reynolds, making his debut at super-welterweight against Sebastian Wojtan.

Reynolds set up accurate combinations and stalked his man in the first. In the second round Wojtan is kept at bay but still fires back but Beau is elusive with good head movement. In the third a quick trade up takes place early and Beau is in cruise control in this contest. In the fourth Beau piles on the pressure and as a result Wojtan is hurt, leading to the stoppage. A comfortable win for Beau Reynolds.


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