News September 2017

Joshua v Klitschko early results

29.04.2017

By @John_Evans79

Joe Cordina kickstarted the evening's action at Wembley Stadium by stopping Sergej Vib in less than a round.  The young Welshman recorded his second professional victory in a week.

With the novelty of the spectacular setting still new, Cordina kept his focus amidst scores of selfie hunting fans and dropped the terrified looking Russian within the opening seconds. A feat he repeated a minute later.

Things couldn't have been more straightforward for the 25 year old super featherweight.

Katie Taylor (6-0, 3 KO's) moved closer to a world title fight by comprehensively outboxing the previously unbeaten Nina Meinke. The fight was stopped early in the seventh round.

In her first ten round contest, 30 year old Taylor had more time to work and Meinke (5-1, 2 KO's) struggled to live with the Irish girl's ability. The German is nicknamed 'The Brave' but also showed some decent movement before wilting under the pressure Taylor applied.

Competing on a stage she can barely have ever imagined and with a lightweight world title chance in the offing, Taylor took full advantage of the opportunity.

The problem remains the same. Nobody can be entirely sure how good Taylor is as she laps the field. Until a rival emerges from the pack, fans will need to be content with one sided exhibitions.

Luke Campbell got past Darleys Perez in their WBA lightweight title eliminator although the nature of the victory still leaves some questions unanswered.

Perez winced and simply surrendered, clutching his left arm and walking away halfway through the ninth round. 

Perez - who missed weight by 1 1/4lbs - is a known commodity on these shores due to his two world title battles with Anthony Crolla.

Opinion was split on whether we would see the Perez that Crolla was able to bully and do with a body shot or the gritty determined fighter who battled to a draw in their first meeting. The answer was something of a hybrid. In the ring, Perez certainly seemed to arrive with ambition but soon began to struggle with Campbell's rangy southpaw style.

As is his way, 29 year old Campbell (17-1, 14 KO's) cautiously and carefully boxed his way through the opening rounds, gauging just what Perez (33-3-2, 21 KO's) had to offer. The pair fenced and traded jabs early on before Campbell slowly but surely turned the screw.

This was the biggest victory of Campbell's career and moves him closer to a shot at the WBA title currently held by Jorge Linares.

Scott Quigg made a shaky first appearance under the guidance of Freddie Roach as he Viorel Simion.

The former WBA super bantamweight champion looked strong and aggressive but Simion met fire with fire, attempting to answer Quigg's efforts with impressive combinations of his own. A left hook from the Romanian was the best shot of an active first round.

Quigg (33-1-2, 24 KO's) was forced to absorb plenty more punishment as the fight wore on. Simion (21-2, 9 KO's) finding plenty of gaps as the man from Bury chose to plant his feet and bang.

The fight became a brutal gruelling battle when, with a solid jab and a little bit of footwork, it didn't need to be.

After 12 rounds the scorecards read 117-111, 117-111 and 115-113.

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