Fulham’s Zak Cehlli put in two outstanding performances in back-to-back bouts to earn victory in the four-man super-middleweight tournament at Tuesday’s BOXXER Fight Night.
Chelli shut out Bulgarian Vladimir Georgiev (4-1), ranked number two in his home country.
He then stopped Mike McGoldrick (7-1) in the final to secure himself a long-term promotional contract with BOXXER.
“They were all undefeated fighters and I like to take their ‘0’,” said Chelli, whose record moves to 9-1-1.
“I don’t believe the tournament was a risk – a fighter has got to fight anyone to be the best.
“Now I want a European title, British title – any title.”
Chelli, 22, was the youngest fighter in the tournament and proved too energetic and technical for the 35-year-old McGoldrick, scoring three knockdowns via raking right hands and savage body shots before referee Bob Williams called the fight off at 1:31 of the second round.
In the show starter, Shepherds Bush cruiser Mikael ‘Lethal’ Lawal (13-0) stretched his unbeaten streak by whitewashing seasoned Willesden fight vet Ossie Jervier (6-14) over six rounds. Referee Kieran McCann scored it 60-54.
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