Hellraiser Boxing News | World Results Round Up: Horn, DeGale, Selby, Lomachenko
Hellraiser boxing's world results round up from last weekend and including the WBO welterweight world title fight result from Brisbane today.
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by Adam Thorn
Wednesday 13th December
WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn, 18-0-1 (12), ground down and eventually stopped brave Brit Gary Corcoran, 17-2 (7), in the eleventh round of their fight today. Horn had to shift 8 pounds in 24 hours prior to the weigh in and despite looking like he was about to run out of steam in the fight, kept on coming forward. Corcoran just couldn't get a rhythm going and by the last six minutes was really in need of a stoppage to take an away win. However swelling to his eye caused the referee to call a halt after a sustained attack from the Australian champion. Horn is set to meet new arrival from super lightweight, Terrence Crawford, next.
The Copper Box Arena, London
Saturday 9th December
James DeGale was clearly the reason most fans had bought tickets to The Copper Box arena in London's east end on Saturday, as a subdued crowd swelled and gained energy for his ring walk. However, despite success in the early rounds. A brilliant and relentless attack from unfancied challenger Caleb Truax in the fifth round changed the entire mood and pace of the fight, as Truax took the front foot and forced DeGale against the ropes. DeGale seemed content to stay on the outside, too, simply circling the ring clockwise, throwing single pot shots as Truax advanced.
It was meant to be a homecoming for DeGale, a lower risk defence of his IBF super middleweight belt against a distant top ten ranked outsider. It was also meant to be a work out for his recently operated on shoulder and a celebratory first fight in his home city since May 2014. It ended with his belt swapping hands, rightly so, as the American Truax's more energetic and aggressive display won a majority decision. DeGale will be disappointed but it was a lacklustre showing and potentially the sign of much deeper seated malaise. DeGale drops to 23-2-1 (14) while the new champion Truax rises to 29-3-2 (18).
After witnessing Carl Frampton have a tougher time than expected against a game Mexican coming to home turf, Lee Selby, 26-1 (9), was perhaps wise to largely play it safe in his IBF world featherweight title defence against unbeaten Eduardo Ramirez, now 20-1-3 (7). The Welsh stylist took few risks en route to a unanimous decision win, and will be looking forward to bigger fights with domestic rivals Josh Warrington and Frampton next year.
Anthony Yarde, 14-0 (13), needed only three and a bit rounds to dispatch previously unstopped Nikola Sjekloca in their WBO European and Inter-continental title fight ten rounder. The Londoner is one of two knockout artists on Frank Warren's regualr roster, and yet again looked impressive in victory. Daniel Dubois, the twenty year old heavyweight from Greenwich is Warren's other monstrous puncher, and in only his sixth fight took apart Dorian Darch, 12-6-1 (1), inside two rounds. Dubois has halted every professional opponent he's faced.
Also on the card, Johnny Garton and Joe Mullender both picked up IBF East/ West Europe title (welterweight and middleweight respectively) with entertaining stoppage wins. 11-0 (6) Super feather Archie Sharp and 10-0 (3) super lightweight Sanjeev Sahota both scored clear points wins and Harvey Horn made an impressive pro debut with a third round stoppage of Denis Bartos.
Madison Square Gardens, New York City
Stepping up two weights to take on a double Olympic gold medal winning world champion was always going to be a big ask, even for another double Olympic gold medal winning world champion. WBA world super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux made plenty of noise on social media to get the fight with WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and so it came to pass in New York on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in the United Kingdom). Cuban Rigondeax looked much smaller than his Ukranian opponent but the thought was that his defensive genius would be best served by retaining a speed advantage.
As it was, though, Lomachenko was too big and too skilful, breaking his opponent's spirit, leaving a dejected Rigondeaux, 17-1 (11), to quit on his stool between rounds six and seven. It was an imperious win for Vasyl, 10-1 (8), who has now forced his last four victims to retire from their fight with him. It wasn't the battle many fans had expected, but it did prove quite how good Lomachenko is. He'll need a marquee name at his own weight though, to truly win the respect his undoubted skill deserves.
Further down the bill two top former amateur stars continued on their paths to the summit in the pro game. Michael Conlan, 5-0 (4), won every round of six against Luis Fernando Molina, 7-4-1 (2), to go the distance for the first time. While in his fight Shakur Stevenson, 4-0 (2), knocked out Oscar Mendoza, 4-3 (2), in round two. It is also highly likely the two victorious featherweights will meet one day as professionals.
Posted: 13th Dec 2017
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