Kennedy warms up for Conquest with knockout

Kennedy warms up for Conquest with knockout

Cardiff’s Craig Kennedy (13-0, 7KO) warmed up for the biggest fight of his career with a routine knockout victory against Tamas Bajzath (11-16-1, 5KO).

The unbeaten 30-year-old cruiserweight extended his streak to 13 straight wins with a controlled sixth round stoppage in a bout that was scheduled for eight sessions. On the undercard of Hennessy Sport and Sanigar Events’ ‘Bang Bang’ show at the City Academy Sports Centre in Bristol, referee Ian John Lewis waved the contest off with five minutes remaining.

From the opening bell, Kennedy stalked Bajzath to the edges of the ring and the visitor was understandably in full retreat from then onwards. Kennedy was constantly presented with a moving target but resisted the natural urge to run in pursuit of Bajzath, instead opting to find range with a measured jab before stepping in with more forceful right crosses and left uppercuts.

At the halfway stage, Bajzath did visit the canvas, though his misbalance was responsible for the clumsy fall. Kennedy pursued and for the first time, went through his gears to hurt his opponent, who was thankful for the bell. The Welshman did appear to score a legitimate knockdown in the fifth round but the referee ruled it a slip.

Despite the ruling, Kennedy didn’t let up and held his feet in search of a more damaging breakthrough. When he did have Bajzath hurt,the journeyman was effective in poking out arm punches and falling in to smother Kennedy’s approach.

The survival tactics had run their course by round six and when Bajzath backed to the ropes, he was dropped by Kennedy’s trademark left uppercut. After bravely beating the count, a clearly uncomfortable Bajzath returned to the canvas before Kennedy could give a follow up attack and the referee waved it off.

In preparation, Kennedy spent two weeks in Russia and sparred with the world rated Dmitry Kudryashov (18-1, 18KO) before returning to train under Steve Robinson, the former WBO world featherweight champion. All of Bajzath’s victories have come in his home country of Hungary or neighboring Slovakia and he has left all of his six visits to Britain without a win.

The only other British operator to stop Bajzath is Blackpool’s former British title challenger Matty Askin, who completed the task in two rounds. The bout was hastily arranged when Kennedy’s headline appearance at the Newport Centre fell through two weeks ago.

He had been scheduled to face Africa’s Benkie Mwakalebela (13-1, 10KO) but the visitor failed a British Boxing Board of Control [BBBoC] medical. Kennedy can now turn focus to London’s former Commonwealth champion Tony Conquest (15-2, 5KO).

Jamie Sanigar won purse bids for their British title final eliminator on Thursday and the bout will be held in Wales at the start of 2016.

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