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World Boxing Round Up: Groves, Santa Cruz, McCarthy & Whyte


Groves Wipes Out Cox

George Groves knocked out Jamie Cox in the fourth round of their World Boxing Super Series quarter final. The two Englishmen went at one another from the first round, making for an entertaining fight, but one that was always going to suit Groves. In the fourth a beautiful right hand to the solar plexus had Cox rolling around on the canvas, unable to beat the count. The fight was also for Groves’ WBA Super world super middleweight title. It means that Groves will fight Chris Eubank jr in another all English affair, and unification match, in the new year. That fight has the potential to go supernova.

Santa Cruz KOs Avalos

Leo Santa Cruz stopped Chris Avalos in the eighth round of their fight in Carson, California for Santa Cruz’s WBA Super world super featherweight title. Avalos was taking a hammering from El Terremoto (the Earthquake) and although still standing, was rescued by the referee when he ceased defending himself. Santa Cruz could well go looking for a sterner test in his next fight, potentially against Welshman Lee Selby, who holds the IBF belt.

McCarthy Takes Southern Area Title

Hellraiser Tony Milch fell short in his bid to win the Southern Area super welterweight title at York Hall on Saturday. The belt, vacated by fellow Hellraiser Asinia Byfield, went home with Matt McCarthy of Essex, whose higher workrate and better movement were the difference, eventually putting Milch down and out in the fifth round.

An entertaining evening of boxing at York Hall also saw Konrad Stempkowski outscore Scott Hillman in his first six rounder. Konrad had repeated success with the left hook, and showcased another level to his boxing. New Hellraiser Phil Bowes was determined to display a more, “spiteful” side to his game, and did so, hunting Croatia’s durable Luka Leskovic down for 6 rounds, taking every round for a points win.

Tony Buttigieg had a step up in quality of opponent, and was frustrated by Ivan Godor, being dragged into a scrappy affair. However, Buttigieg did enough to take the decision. Kaisy Khademi made his debut in the opening bout, and was also frustrated, being dragged into a tussle by fellow debutante Reiss Taylor. Khademi prevailed on points.

Whyte vs Helenius Set for October 28th

Dillian Whyte finally has an opponent for the 28th October undercard of Anthony Joshua versus Kubrat Pulev, he will face Robert Helenius for the WBC Silver title. It’s short notice for Helenius but one suspects he has been in the gym already. The giant “Nordic Nightmare” has only lost once in his 26 fight career, being knocked out by Johann Duhaupas in April 2016. Whyte’s only loss came to event headliner AJ himself in December 2015.

The undercard will also feature unbeaten Kal Yafai defending his WBA world super flyweight title against fellow unbeaten Sho Ishida of Japan. David Allen rematches Lenroy Thomas for the Commonwealth heavyweight belt, and Katie Taylor gets a shot at the WBA world female lightweight title. Lawrence Okolie, Joshua Buatsi and Frank Buglioni also appear on the bill.

Posted: 16th Oct 2017

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