Scotsman Jordan McCorry defeats tough African, Abraham Ndauendapo despite coming in as a late replacement. The fight was part of the Africa vs UK tournament held in Manchester, and was a title eliminator for the Commonwealth super featherweight title.
The fight lit up in the second round after a cagey opener. Ndauendapo lunged forward and was caught with a counter left hook behind the ear, sending him scrambling to the canvas. He rose to his feet but quickly repeated the same mistake, lunging forward and catching another left hook sending him stumbling.
Interestingly despite the gulf in size. McCorry boxed better from range. He moved well and timed his opponent’s rugged movement patterns to build an early lead. The Scotsman was cut around the eye in round four which breathed new life into his opponent.
The Namibian drew him into his style of fighting and the Cambuslang native soon found himself in the entangled arms of the rangier messier fighter. It was evident that McCorry could make life easy for himself from the back foot, and from round six onwards he did just that.
Ndauendapo was still extremely dangerous and wild landing some big right hands, but his pace seemed to drop as the fight progressed. In round nine the 26 year old was harshly docked a point for holding. The infringement could easily have went either way but McCorry fought back to make the round even. He sealed it with two powerful right hooks on the inside which landed squarely.
However he seemed to unravel slightly in the final round as the older man landed a number of wild right hands. McCorry lost his shape a little but slipped and slid to the final bell.
Ultimately Jordan McCorry was the more polished fighter and took the fight on points 95-93. He looks forward to a potential fight with slickster Martin J Ward for the Commonwealth title.