Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham heavyweight Anthony Joshua made light work of his South American opponent Raphael Zumbano Love - sending the Brazilian to the canvas for a crushing second round knockout.
Love was merely a warm up for a more thorough assignment the Olympic Gold Medalist has scheduled for May 30 at the O2 Arena in London, where he faces American tough-nut Kevin Johnson.
This fight should finally give us a more accurate idea of the Londoner’s talent and ability: is Joshua’s power superior to his peers’? Can he take a punch?
Johnson has shared a ring and witnessed the final bell against the likes of hardman Vitali Klitschko; Tyson Fury, Derek Chisora, and Manuel Charr in his last fight – April 2014.
In 12 fights Joshua has only boxed 22 rounds, while Johnson has wracked up more than 225 rounds in his twelve-year-long career.
Johnson has not been stopped in any of his 36 fights, and almost half of his wins have come before the final bell. Joshua in contrast has a 100% KO record and has so far displayed formidable power.
Paddy Power has Johnson winning by KO at 18/1
, so a £20 bet would see you the return of £380 – not a bad gamble considering the Brit has never had his whiskers checked, and more so if we consider Johnson’s track record in taking a shot.
It’s an interesting fight but one that we say Johnson will likely get stopped for the first time in his career.
Eggington captures Commonwealth Title in exciting fight
Sam Eggington, a welterweight from Stourbridge, West Midlands, turned pro with the intention of becoming a journeyman – a boxer that travels around the country in low-key fights - to put food on the table for his young family.
At only 21-years-old and 17 fights later Eggington captured the Commonwealth Title on Saturday in a fight that was by a wide margin the most exciting of the night at the Barclaycard Arena.
Standing toe-to-toe against Joseph Lamptey from Ghana, the Stourbridge man unleashed a barrage of punches in an exchange that saw the visitor taking clean and unanswered shots to the head.
The fight was rightfully halted in the 7th round. Eggington cannot refuse a war – and fans love him for this.
It should be a fun journey for keen fans following the development of Eggington’s never-a-dull-moment career.
Smith continues to look awesome, we’ll know more soon
Callum Smith is from a family of boxing brothers, and he may just be the best of the bunch.
On Saturday the super middleweight from Liverpool stopped his Latvian opponent, Olegs Fedotovs, in the first round of a scheduled six round fight.
Smith was coming off a 6-month layoff from a hand injury, while the visiting journeyman claimed his sixth stoppage loss out of 41 fights with 22 losses.
Smith is touted for big things and many expect him to go on to win world titles at super middleweight.
His next fight against Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse will be his first real test.
The light-hitting boxer from mainland Europe has been the distance with George Groves – who is a noted puncher – famously dropping Carl Froch in the first fight of their double which ended in Groves taking two KO defeats.
If Callum comes through his next fight and looks good – either winning clearly on points or by stopping his opponent – we can certainly include him in Britain’s list of world title prospects.
Golden Boy Campbell continues winning streak
Hull’s only Olympic Gold Medalist is Lightweight puncher Luke Campbell who won again by stoppage on the Birmingham card on Saturday.
Campbell took apart his French opponent Aboubeker Bechelaghem within 3 rounds of a scheduled 8.
The fight fans are calling for is Campbell against fellow Brit Tommy Coyle.
Campbell said after his fight: “If the fight with Tommy is good for my career, I’ll fight him no problem. If the people of Hull want it, which I know they do, then I want to give them something they want to see. I’ll fight anyone.”
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