Festive Fight Night Review

There were four home wins on BCB Promotions’ penultimate show of 2022 in Birmingham on Friday evening.

Festive Fight Night took place at the H Suite, where BCB will also round off the year on Sunday.

Former two-weight world kickboxing champion Dylan Cheema topped the bill in his hometown of Birmingham.

The 25 year-old super lightweight moved to 2-0 as he dispatched of West Bromwich born Jahfieus Faure.

Cheema has adapted well since switching disciplined and showed plenty of boxing ability to outpoint Faure 40-36 on referee-for-the-evening Chris Dean’s scorecard.

Fellow former kickboxing world champion, Katie Healy, was chief support.

The 23 year-old, who won three world kickboxing titles, moved to 3-0 as she defeated Hungary’s Martina Horgasz in her first six round contest.

Super Bantamweight Healy, like Cheema, has taken to pugilism like a duck to water and was full value for her shut out 60-54 win.

Birmingham’s Mussab Abubaker saw action for the first time in two years as, like so many boxers, the COVID-19 Pandemic halted his progress.

Now 28, Abubaker moved to 5-0 after opponent Kristian Marrey was forced to retire at the end of the second round with an arm injury.

Before then, super welterweight Abubaker had controlled the contest and was well on his way to victory by more conventional means.

The opening bout of the evening saw County Durham’s Darren Surtees return to the ring for the first time since losing to former European and IBO world champion Mohamed Mimoune in the MTK Golden Contract tournament in late 2019. 

The super lightweight moved to 13-1 as he dispatched of Russian Yasif Mamedov in routine fashion to record a 40-36 victory.

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