TYSON FURY’S sparring partner David Adeleye wiped the floor with Matt Gordon on British boxing’s heavyweight return.
The sweet science returned to TV screens from a sterilised BT Sport studio, with officials spraying the ring between bouts, referees wearing masks and not a fan in sight.
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Adeleye, 23, took his London rival Gordon out in two brutal rounds to take his record to 2-0.
And now he is free to impersonate Deontay Wilder again as the Gypsy King prepare for this year’s trilogy fight after taking out Matt Gordon in two rounds.
Adeleye said: “The guys that I spar have good chins and we work on different things.
“It’s a learning process that never ends.
“I thought come July I’d be 5-0, I’m 2-0 so it’s put a hold on everything.”
Adeleye started fast in the opening round but struggled to find home with his telling right hand.
But it was all over in the second as the novice Londoner backed Gordon up against the ropes and unleashed relenting right hands until the ref stopped the fight.
The win came as veteran promoter Frank Warren staged the nation’s first night of fights since lockdown and extreme measures were taken in order to ensure the show ran as safely as possible.
British Board of Boxing Control chief Robert Smith – who has allowed only five fights per event – was ringside to oversee proceedings.
Warren announced all 104 coronavirus tests carried out on boxers and staff involved in the show over the last seven days came back negative.
Referees had to wear face masks during fights before then showering if they were to officiate another bout.
After each contest officials strenuously cleaned in and around the ring, wiping down everything from the canvas to the ropes.
Boxers, who were joined with their bubble of one trainer and another team member, would have to empty their gloves and hand wraps after every fight – in individual bins.
Coaches were required visor masks in the corner and in possession of a specially made spit bucket.
Lightweight Mark Chamberlain, 21, kicked off proceedings with a one-sided beating off 29-year-old Stu Greener.
Daniel Dubois’ chief sparring partner Dorin Krasmaru, 27, then followed up with a laboured points win over four rounds against Phil Williams, 34.
Hamzah Sheeraz, 21, retained his WBO super-welterweight strap against Paul Kean, 27, and dedicated the win to his beloved auntie who died from Covid-19.