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World Boxing Round Up: AJ, Taylor, Yafai, Whyte


AJ Has Tougher Night Than Expected

Anthony Joshua had a tougher fight than many (except Hellraiser’s own Mickey Helliet) predicted defending his IBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight belts against Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday night. A clash of heads in round 2 appeared to break the Englishman’s nose, and Takam’s good movement and defence made for a frustrating evening’s work. Eventually a series of unanswered punches in the tenth forced the referee to step in, halting a still standing Takam. Complaints that it was an early stoppage are understandable, but heavyweight boxing can turn in an instant, and Takam wasn’t throwing back.

Joshua was, as always, dignified in victory, refusing to blame the broken nose for affecting his performance. The injury will apparently keep AJ out until next year, when Eddie Hearn plans huge fights with Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder and possibly even Tyson Fury if he sorts his legal issues and gets fit again. 2018 could be an exciting year for heavyweight boxing.

Taylor Wins First World Title, Yafai Defends His

Katie Taylor won a world title in only her seventh professional fight, the 31 year old former amateur star beat Anahi Esther Sanchez of Argentina for the vacant WBA world women's lightweight title by way of a unanimous decision, 99 points to 90 on all three cards. Sanchez had failed to make weight, and so was unable to win the belt, even if she had won the fight.

Kal Yafai defended his WBA super flyweight title with a unanimous points victory over Sho Ishida of Japan. The Birmingham man was tested by Ishida, but showed class and focus to take home a 118-110 and two 116-112 scores.

Whyte Dominates Disinterested Helenius

Dillian Whyte stayed on course for a world title fight beating Finland's Robert Helenius for the vacant WBC silver heavyweight title. After some early success the “Nordic Nightmare” looked like he was trying to cause the crowd to fall asleep, as he backed off, not engaging with Whyte, for most of the 12 rounds. Whyte diligently chased his opponent round the ring, but the bout never caught fire, and Dillian took the points victory, 199-109 twice, and 118-110. He'll be pushing for a fight against Deontay Wilder next.

Braehmer Beats Brant To Set Up Smith Semi-Final

In the final quarter final of the super middleweight World Boxing Super Series, 39 year old Juergen Braehmer beat USA's Rob Brant by scores of 116-112, 119-109 and 118-110. The win means Breahmer, who moved down to super middleweight for the tournament, will face Callum Smith in the semi final, scheduled to be early next year. The other semi final will see Geirge Groves fight Chris Eubank Jr.

Saunders All Set To Face Limieux In Canada

Unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders will travel to Canada to fight native power puncher David Limieux on 16th December. The Montreal man is 38-3 (33) and has mixed it with the best in the middleweight division, including Gennady Golovkin, who knocked him out. Saunders is keen to face GGG himself, but will have to be at his best away from home against hard hitting Limieux.

Posted: 30th Oct 2017

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