An invite-only crowd witnessed one of Cage Warriors’ most thrilling cards of the year tonight in London, topped off by a bantamweight title win for newly crowned champion Jack Cartwright.
The Dark Horse takes it.
Cartwright’s performance in tonight’s four-man tournament was nothing short of a colossal statement to every bantamweight in Europe.
The North West fighter turned his status from underdog to champion in under two rounds, knocking out his opponents Scott Malone and Marko Kovacevic in the opening minutes of both bouts. Jack Cartwright is here to stay, and welcomes everyone to try and take the belt from the North West of England!
Unplugged 2’s co-main event continued to provide the crowd with incredible scenes, seeing Mehdi Ben Lahkdar and Joe McColgan battle to a draw in one of this year’s very best striking battles. Fans are already pouring into Cage Warriors’ social media feeds demanding the rematch.
Other highlights on the action-packed card included an impressive first-round submission for Louis Glismann, and a hard-fought decision win for Tom Mearns who returned to form after a serious injury kept him inactive last year.
Another major talking point after tonight is the impressive success of Cage Warriors’ young Irish prospects. First, Paul Hughes’ first-round submission win marked the first of an exciting five-fight exclusive deal with Cage Warriors. Next, Ian Garry delivered on his pre-fight hype with a highlight-reel headkick finish to remain undefeated.
The question is, will they step up for Cage Warriors’ return to Cork on November 9th?
Up next for Cage Warriors is a return to Liverpool for CW107, headlined by a heavyweight clash between Tom Aspinall and Mickael Ben Hamouda. Tickets are on sale HERE.
Cage Warriors Unplugged 2 – Full Results
Bantamweight Tournament Final
Jack Cartwright def. Marko Kovacevic via KO (punches) – R1
Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar and Joe McColgan fought to a majority draw
Louis Glismann def. Craig White via verbal submission (armbar) – R1
Tom Mearns def. Decky McAleenan via spilt decision
Ian Garry def. Matteo Ceglia via TKO (head kick) – R2
Paul Hughes def. Mateusz Makarowski via sub. (rear-naked choke) – R1
Bantamweight Tournament Semi Final 2
Jack Cartwright def. Scott Malone via KO (punches) – R1
Bantamweight Tournament Semi Final 1
Marko Kovacevic def. Josh Reed via unanimous decision
Ayton De Paepe def. Tanio Pagliericcio via unanimous decision