Triumph for Catterall

Jack Catterall (left) stopped Cesar David Inalef   (Photo: Karen Priestley)

Jack Catterall (left) stopped Cesar David Inalef (Photo: Karen Priestley)

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Jack Catterall pulled off a comprehensive victory, stopping Cesar David Inalef to claim the vacant WBO Inter-continental light-welterweight title at the Liverpool Arena.

The Chorley ace was levels above his Argentinian opponent, knocking him down in the second round whilst hitting his gum shield out of his mouth three times.

Referee Steve Gray waved the contest off in the fifth round with just 1.03 on the clock.

The victory improves the destructive southpaw’s record to 11-0-0 with seven KOs.

Catterall last fought in October, where he claimed the WBO European light-welterweight title and a world ranking with an eighth-round stoppage against Olympian Tom Stalker at the same venue.

Little was known about Argentine Inalef, who now has a record of 18-5-1 (five KOs), but Catterall made light work of the 29-year-old, making his opponent look out of his depth from the off.

After a dominant first round, Catterall started to apply much more pressure, boxing behind his vicious jab and hitting his opponent at ease.

The 21-year-old landed with a trademark left hand in the second, dislodging the mouthpiece of Inalef, before following up with a right hook to the body, forcing his opponent to take a knee.

More dominance followed with Inalef cowering and complaining to the referee about a number of shots landed.

Catterall repeatedly hit Inalef with a number of heavy shots to the body and head and round three again saw the mouthpiece knocked out.

He continued to paw away with his jab and it was evident that the Chorley man was physically stronger than his opponent.

Round five was much of the same and with only 1.03 on the clock, referee Gray had seen enough.

Catterall peppered the face of Inalef with a number of short right hands before dislodging the gum shield.

He then unleashed a huge left hook which knocked his opponent off balance.

The Argentine staggered into the ropes and before Catterall had the chance to unload, the referee stepped in and waved off the contest.