Its A-Bout Boxing

Byfield too Good… for The Eagle Ochieng

Asinia Byfield

A former Eddie Hearn and Matchroom fighter Erick The Eagle Ochieng has been in the ring with some of the toughest fighters in the UK. In 2013 he out pointed tough hard hitting and former British Title Challenger Max Maxwell. Later the same year he went the distance with the soon to be WBO world Champion Liam Beefy Smith, though losing by UD.

Ochieng v Smith

Ochieng went the distance with Beefy Smith

This was to be the start of a losing spell with loses to Dale Evans and Niel Perkins to follow.

Seemingly back on form Ochieng gained 2 wins and a draw in his next 3 bouts setting himself up for a Southern Area Welterweight title fight against Tamuka Mucha.
Ochieng lost the bout by TKO, which made people ask questions about the form of the previously talented fighter.

Now signed with Steve Goodwin Promotions Ochieng secured a further title bout against Mickey Helliets Asinia Byfield this time for the vacant Southern Area Super Welterweight Title.

The fight which took place on 15th October at the York Hall London was promoted by new london promoter Tommy Dove under DoveBox Promotions in front of a packed house.

Asinia Byfield started the busier of the 2 fighters catching Ochieng with firm jabs and sweeping body shots. Having a clear height advantage it was clear that Byfield was comfortable working from distance only coming into Ochieng’s range to land strong combinations before moving back outside.

In the early rounds Byfield would on occasion lunge in a little and because of this now and again find himself with his back to his opponent, That said Asinia continued to catch Ochieng who was finding it difficult to deal with Byfield’s awkwardness.
Byfield footwork was clearly the better of the two with Ochieng seeming to slip regularly through either an imperfect stance or extremely new footwear that should maybe have been worn in before the bout.
This lead to Ochieng being off balance and leaving himself open and it wasn’t long before Byfield caught him with a sweet right hand that sent The Eagle crashing to the canvass. Ochieng found his feet, but was clearly shaken and Byfield sensed an early end to the nights work.
Tough as he is Ochieng managed to stay on his feet and see the round out.

Ochieng needed to cut the ring off and get inside to have any impact on the fight and Byfield. He was clearly behind on the cards and finding it difficult to score anything meaningful as Byfield would comfortably work his plan.

Ochieng did start to come back towards the later rounds when he got to close quarters with Asinia, this would suggest that maybe a couple of warm up fights before coming into the Byfield fight may have assisted.

For me it was a recipe of too little too late against a Byfield who was clearly up for the challenge and determined not to be going home empty handed.

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