Late substitute and huge underdog Bahodir ‘Baha’ Mamadjonov (12-1-0, 8ko), of Houston, Texas by way of Uzbekistan, overcame an early knockdown to register three of his own en route to stopping previously unbeaten Angelo ‘La Cobra’ Santana (14-1-0, 11ko), of Miami, Fla, at 0:51 of the ninth round Friday to capture the WBA international lightweight championship in the main event of an exciting doubleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation.
In the co-feature of a Don King Productions-promoted event at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, promising super lightweight Amir ‘Young Master’ Imam (9-0-0, 8ko), of Albany, New York, remained unbeaten with a devastating second-round knockout over Jeremy Bryan (16-2-0, 7ko) of Paterson, New Jersey. A left hand followed by a colossal right to the chin finished Bryan at 2:13. Bryan was out cold before he hit the canvas. It was Imam’s eighth knockout victory in a row, all inside four rounds.
Mamadjonov, who took the fight on about a week’s notice, went down from a jab in the second round but stormed back to deck the favored WBA number three ranked Santana once nearing the end of the eighth round from a flurry of blows and a body shot and two more times in the ninth from a combination of punches before the referee stepped in and stopped it. Entering what would be the final round of a great action fight, Baha led by the scores of 76-74 on all three scorecards. It was 66 apiece after six rounds.
“Both fights served as a reminder that when you’re dealing with prospects nothing can be taken for granted,” ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood, who called the fights alongside blow-by-blow announcer Barry Tompkins and former World Champion Raul Marquez, said afterward.
“On paper the opening bout looked like a distance fight and if you had told me the main event would end in a knockout I would have been pretty certain that the winner would have been Santana. But the ShoBox mission statement is not just to advance prospects, but to occasionally expose them as well.”
Baha executed his game-plan to near perfection. Going into the battle of southpaws he said the keys were to be aggressive, jab a lot, work the body and not allow the hard-hitting Santana to set down on his punches. Baha, who became more offensive-minded as the match progressed, also did an effective job of tying up Santana, who seemed to get increasingly frustrated as the bout wore on.
“Santana kept looking for that one big shot,” said Marquez, a ShoBox expert anaylst. “Why? Because he was used to landing it and having guys go down. He only had a Plan A, no B, C or D. Baja really frustrated Santana with the holding but it was the body shots that really did him in at the end.”
Baha, who also counter-punched well throughout, outlanded Santana 12-0 in the last round. “One week notice and I win by that kind of knockout!” a jubilant Baha said. “The first couple of rounds Santana was difficult to figure out but once I did I just got more aggressive. The hard work paid off. I came to the United States to be a champion. I want to win a world title and this was the first step. I’m just starting. It’s going to be one belt at a time.
“Santana hits really hard and I respect him but I could see he was getting tired in the sixth round after I hit him with a body shot.”
Santana disputed Kenny Bayless’ decision to halt the proceedings. “The referee stopped the fight. I tell you I was still in it. I landed two big left hands earlier in the round. We were in a good fight and it should have continued. Nothing against Baha, he’s a good fighter, but I want a rematch.
“The last knockdown came on a slip. I slipped after throwing a punch.”
Imam easily won what was expected to be his most difficult fight. “I had to figure him out in the first round,” he said. “I doubled up my jab in the second round and hit him with the big right that starched him. Some would say I took too big of a bite but I was composed, relaxed and knew what I had to do.
“Line ‘em up and I’ll knock them down.”
Said Bryan, who was taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons: “” don’t really feel like talking because I still feel a little woozy. I expected so much more. I trained so hard. This is very disappointing. I had a lot going on. This was my first big fight on TV since 2004. I had a good fan base that came in for the fight. I think I got a little over-anxious and it cost me but I am a warrior. I’ve come back before and I’ll come back again.”
Mexican hitman Miguel Vazquez says he’ll be as deadly as fellow countryman and Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez when he faces WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns at Wembley Arena. Vazquez, the IBF World Champion, puts his title on the line against Burns in a big unification clash on Saturday, March 16 that also features Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora* and Liam Walsh.
Hernandez, currently the only Mexican playing in the Premier League, hails from Guadalajara – the same as Vazquez. Since arriving at the Red Devils in 2010 ‘Chicharito’ has terrorised defences with his speed and accuracy, hitting the net 46 times. He fired home twice in Saturday’s FA Cup match against Fulham.
And Vazquez has promised to make it a Mexican treble by battering the Scotsman and taking his belt: “When I fight Burns, I will be just like Hernandez, a cold and ruthless assassin. There will be no remorse when I’m taking Burns apart,” he said.
“Hernandez is a hero in Mexico, I saw the match on Saturday and I said that is what I have to be like to beat Burns. A striker and a boxer have the same mind set, a striker has to have to the killer instinct to score, the boxer to land a knockout punch, when the opening comes against Burns that will be the end for him.”
Vazquez isn’t worried about facing Burns who destroyed rival Kevin Mitchell – who holds a decision win over Breidis Prescott – in four rounds last time out. Vazquez, though, was the first man to beat hammer-hitting Prescott after the Colombian destroyed Amir Khan inside a round.
He added: “Burns is a good fighter, he is strong, he has good skills and he knocked out Kevin Mitchell which was impressive. But he has never faced a fighter like me before. I’m unbeaten as a world champion at lightweight. I beat a huge puncher in Prescott and he didn’t hurt me, I don’t see how Burns can hurt me. I will be Ricky Burns’ worst nightmare. I’m coming for his world title, his title is as good as mine.”
Burns v Vazquez joint-headlines a blockbuster show with WBO world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly’s title defence against Robin Krasniqi, plus George Groves challenging for the vacant European super middleweight title, heavyweight Dereck Chisora* and Commonwealth super featherweight champion Liam Walsh.
*Dereck Chisora’s appearance on the show is strictly subject to him being successful with his license application to the British Boxing Board of Control.
Photo Credit: Naoki Fakuda
This evening marks another evening of “The Adrien Broner Show”. That’s what the world champion boxer called his 12-round fight against Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21ko) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The native Cincinnatian will be attempting to gain his second world title against DeMarco, this time the WBC lightweight title. It was nearly a year ago when Broner (24-0-0, 20ko) won the WBO super featherweight championship in his hometown. Since then, Broner has continued to rise to stardom now becoming a fixture in the global boxing scene and fighting in front of HBO audiences.
At the young age of 23, the future has a lot offer for Broner, and the next step is against the experienced Mexican, DeMarco. With an impressive record, DeMarco is looking to finish off his best year in the sport. It started last October when he rallied for one of the most exciting knockout finishes of 2011 over Jorge Linares to win the world title. Since then, DeMarco has won twice more, the latest being a first round stoppage over a 24-1 John Molina in September.
“DeMarco is definitely my best opponent so far on paper,” Broner said in a media conference call. “It is the biggest fight of my career thus far. I am not looking past anyone. I have to take it one fight at a time.
“I have been training very hard,” Broner continued. “I want to thank DeMarco and his team for taking the fight and coming to the U.S. to fight me. I know he is a great champion. He is ready and I am ready. It is going to be an electrifying fight and I am ready to go.”
Though the southpaw DeMarco is going to present a new challenge, Broner still believes that he will be able to show his opponent why he’s called “The Problem.”
“You are going to see a totally different Adrien Broner on Saturday night,” Broner said. I am going to be able to show more of my skills on Saturday night because DeMarco has such talent. They say if one good talent goes up against another good talent, it brings out something in the elite.
“DeMarco has fought good guys, but he hasn’t fought me.”
Alan Dawson – London
The European ruler of the lightweight division, Gavin Rees, 32, added a Lonsdale belt to his honours roll as, on Saturday, July 7 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, The Rock proved too hard, too tough and too powerful when he was thrown at challenger Derry Mathews. In an even battle for a number of rounds, Rees emerged on top when he closed the show in the ninth round, punctuating a 2012 British belter of a brawl.
Official verdict: Rees by way of 9Rd TKO.
Ignoring the calls of support for Mathews (30-7-1, 16ko) from the Motorpoint masses, Rees (37-1-1, 18ko) broke out of a tentative shell in the first minute of the opening session to hound on Dirty Derry with a dog-like aggression, hooking in short-range shots with abundance and causing light bleeding from the nose. That good work, though, was negated by a strong finish to the stanza from Mathews, who rocked Rees with a strong punch moments from the bell.
In round two, Rees continually struggled to find rhythm and often was seen swinging and missing and was caught with the well-placed straight right from the Liverpudlian. Those mistakes, though, appeared rectified by the third round and, in a turn of events, it was Mathews who showed vulnerability. Rees clocked his man with right fists over the top, stalking him, punishing him with shots to the body and trapping him against one of the two neutral corners. Derry, 28, rallied and, with blood spewing from the corner of his left eyebrow due to an accidental head clash, goaded Rees onto him and roused the crowd with his machismo.
While Rees sought to establish the classic one-two of an orthodox jab introducing the straight right, his lead shot was often found wanting. This was in stark contrast to Mathews who, in the fourth, boxed well off of his own jab. However, as the fight progressed to it’s midway stage, it became apparent that Rees could handle the power of Mathews but the same could not be said if those names were swapped, particularly when Gavin tucked his punches into Derry’s ribcage.
Like the third round, the sixth had moments of pure slobberknockery as both men threw with bad intentions, almost to the sacrifice of technique. Mathews’ ability to put his punches into bunches was on display in the seventh round, as he got through with crisp straights and sneaky uppercuts. That gusto prevailed into the eighth round and the work-rate confounded Rees, whose success was built on his one and two shots to the body and to Mathews’ worsening laceration. Mathews required saving by the ring bell as Rees’ onslaught and the sheer power within, hurt and damaged Derry and thus turned the round in his favour.
Showing a good finisher’s instinct, Rees secured a convincing stoppage in the ninth and ultimately final round via hooking leather into Mathews’ jaw. The concluding shots felled Mathews and had him slumped, arched over with his seat in the air and his face in the canvas. The gallant fighter managed to – somehow – make it to his feet by the count of nine but referee Howard Forster waved the bout off, awarding victory to Rees who added Mathews’ British lightweight belt to his EBU title at 135lbs.
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Scotland’s Ricky Burns and England’s Kevin Mitchell will clash in a blockbuster showdown that ignites the Auld rivalry once again. Burns put his WBO lightweight world title on the line against his long-time rival Mitchell on Saturday, September 22 in Glasgow. Coatbridge star Burns, Scotland’s first two weight world champion in nearly 20 years, last boxed in March when he beat Paulus Moses with a commanding performance to retain his title.
Burns stepped up to lightweight last November when he beat Australian warrior Michael Katsidis – the only man to have beaten Kevin Mitchell – and put his name up with the best in the division. And now, the 29-year-old is looking forward to a classic battle with his English counterpart: “The fight’s been on the boil for the last couple of years and the fans and press have been desperate for it to happen, it’s fantastic that it’s on at last,” said Burns.
“We are both at the top of our game now and I’m in this sport to prove that I’m the best, next to me Mitchell’s the best around and it will be great fight between two warriors. He put on a great showing against John Murray last year that showed just how good a boxer he is to take apart another champion but this fight is the fight I’ve wanted and it’s got me really excited. Mitchell’s going to bring out the best in me and I believe that the fans are going to be in for an unbelievable fight.”
Londoner Mitchell’s fight against John Murray last July, in which he stopped Murray in the eighth round of a thrilling contest, was widely regarded to be one of the year’s finest. Earlier this year, in February, he beat the tough Dominican Republican Felix Lora over ten rounds and has been shouting for a confrontation with his Scottish adversary.
Mitchell said: “I’m promising you now you’re going to see the best fight of the year or any year. This is a real fight between the two best in the division and it’s not going to be for the faint-hearted. I rate Burns very highly, he’s a great fighter and has really proved himself as one of the top champions in the world.
“I’m going into the lions den and I know I can beat him and take the world title. Burns is a top kid and I’ve got to be at top of my game, the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life to win.”
“This is the big one,” Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren added. “It’s the fight the fans have been waiting for and I’m delighted to say that it’s now finally on. There is plenty of pride on the line with both men and neither will want to lose. What a fight to start the autumn schedule with live on BoxNation and we’re also announcing details shortly of WBO light heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly’s next title defence.”
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On August 10, ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ returns to the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California, when Gary Shaw Productions in associations with Thompson Boxing Promotions, presents a lightweight main event attraction featuring Colombia’s undefeated power puncher Darley Perez (25-0-0, 19ko) against Australia’s rugged tough guy, Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ (28-6-0, 23ko).
“Darley Perez is determined to show everyone that he belongs with the big boys,” promoter Gary Shaw said. “Beating, Katsidis, who we all know is a very tough fighter, will send a statement to the rest of the lightweight division. Both fighters have something to prove and the fans are going to get their money’s worth.”
Perez is one of Colombia’s the most talented fighters. His aggressive style is extremely exciting, and most of his opponents are overwhelmed with his punch output. He will be facing a very durable opponent in Katsidis, who’s been in the ring with the best lightweights in boxing. Perez guarantees a great fight.
“Fighting a guy like Katsidis, who is one of the toughest guys in boxing, is going to be very challenging,” Perez said. “But I’m a very tough fighter as well and I plan to keep my unbeaten record intact. My team and I have come up with a perfect game plan to beat him. The fans will see a great fight, I can guarantee that!”
Katsidis, known for his grit and determination, is one of boxing’s most exciting fighters. Having fought at the championship level several times with the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39ko), Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18ko), Juan Diaz (35-4-0, 17ko) and Joel Casamayor (38-6-1, 22ko) to name a few, Katsidis’ experience in big fights will be an advantage when he faces Perez.
“I’m coming into this fight with nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Katsidis said. “My goal is to get back on top of the lightweight division. Perez is a good fighter, but he has some flaws that I’m going to expose. I don’t expect this fight to go the distance. I want to end it early.”
The co-feature will showcase Riverside California’s, Chris ‘The Hitman’ Avalos (19-2-0, 15ko), against an opponent to be later announced.
Also appearing on the card, is Whittier, California’s undefeated lightweight sensation, Alejandro ‘Charro’ Luna (9-0, 7ko). With an aggressive approach, Luna is a crowd favorite with a massive fan base.
“I have a lot of fans coming to this fight,” Luna said. “I’ve been training really hard for this fight and I see myself getting better each day. I’m prepared to put on a great show for everyone in attendance.”
Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Photo: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
American pugilist and guaranteed future hall-of-famer Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39ko) has hung up the gloves at age 40, stating he is proud of his “great career” and that he “loved every minute“. The Californian also went on to explain that the catalyst for his retirement was his desire to “help young boxers, not fight them”. Mosley may have lost on eight occasions, but his victories were outstanding and On The Beak have listed ten of his greatest…
10: Golden Johnson – January, 1999 – Pensacola – IBF lightweight world title defence – 7th Rd KO
As both a lightweight campaigner and then champion, Mosley was fierce, unforgiving and always looking for a highlight reel finish. Not only was he undefeated at the weight, he had incredible speed and fine power. Against Golden, he demonstrated acute body-punching ability and stopped the fight at the end of the seventh round when a deflated Johnson took a knee and refused to get up.
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9: John John Molina – May, 1998 – Atlantic City – IBF lightweight world title defence – 8th Rd TKO
Like his triumph over Johnson, Mosley’s dominant victory at Molina’s expense was fought within the confines of the 135lb weight class. Molina was an archetypal tough man from Puerto Rico but Mosley produced a textbook jab, launched exquisite right hands over the top, threw startling combinations and fortified his reputation as a body-puncher whilst standing up to the cracks that Juan – or John John – landed on his chin.
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8: Luis Collazo – February, 2007 – Las Vegas – interim WBC welterweight title challenge – 12 Rd UD
At 35-years-old, Mosley demonstrated his ability to fight like a man ten years his junior as he battled closely with Collazo during the opening half of the bout, but pulled away and took complete control in the second half as Collazo’s determination drained. Mosley was too strong, conditioned and too busy and inflicted a more comprehensive defeat onto the welterweight southpaw than British pressure fighter Ricky Hatton did.
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7: Fernando Vargas II – July, 2007 – Las Vegas – non title junior middleweight fight – 6th Rd TKO
In their 2006 ruckus, Fernando was on point while Mosley was not himself, however, Vargas’ face swelled up to the size of a Nikolai Valuev fist, forcing an unsatisfactory stoppage in the American’s favour. Their duel the next year, though, was markedly different as Sugar Shane slaughtered the popular Oxnard pug with a precise jab, ring generalship, surprise lead left hooking, swift combos and all too often beat Vargas to the punch.
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6: Shannan Taylor – March, 2001 – Las Vegas – WBC welterweight world title defence – 6th Rd TKO
Mosley’s best form was regarded to be as a lightweight, yet his performance over Shannan Taylor – a pure beatdown – cemented his status as a serious player at welterweight, as well as providing him with a second successful defence of the WBC championship at 147lbs. Mosley cut up the Australian, made him wrench with body blows and almost out-landed him by a ratio of 3:1. Taylor finished the fight on his stool, before combat could resume in the sixth.
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5: Jesse James Leija – November, 1998 – Mashantucket – IBF world title defence – 9th Rd TKO
Leija was not the greatest of Mosley’s opponents, but Shane’s beating of him was so resounding, so brutal, that it has to be included amongst his best wins. Leija tasted the canvas in the sixth round, as well as the eighth and ninth and couldn’t box on in the tenth. While Sugar ended his career with underwhelming performances against Floyd Mayweather, Sergio Mora, Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez, it was in the late ’90′ when vintage Mosley could be seen.
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4: Philip Holiday – August, 1997 – Uncasville – IBF world title challenge – 12 Rd UD
One of Floyd Mayweather’s best fights is regarded to be his first title fight against Genaro Hernandez, who was deemed to be one of the best in the division at the time. Similarly, Holiday too was perceived to be the finest 135lb boxer when Mosley took him apart. Shane won between eight and nine rounds (dependent on judgement) and limited Holiday’s output. It was Mosley’s fight… and turned out to be his coming out party.
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3: Wilfredo Rivera – September, 1999 – Temecula – non title welterweight fight – 10th Rd KO
Like throwback fighters who boxed before the existence of ‘Super’ and ‘Junior’ weight divisions, Mosley jumped up from lightweight to welterweight and took on three-time world title challenger Rivera, a durable Puerto Rico. In a tussle that could have gone either way on the judges’ scorecards, Mosley – inspired by father/trainer Jack’s pep talk – fought like a man possessed in the tenth and final round as Rivera received a kayo.
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2: Oscar de la Hoya – June, 2000 – Los Angeles – WBC/IBA welterweight challenge – 12 Rd SD
Mosley twice defeated de la Hoya and while his second win saw him bounce back to elite significance following two defeats to Vernon Forrest and a no contest against Raul Marquez, it was his first – the debut event at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles – that elevated Mosley to a superstar and a champion of two weight classes. Considered one of 2000′s classic encounters due to it’s two warriors going back and forth, de la Hoya’s reputation was also enhanced – even in defeat.
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1: Antonio Margarito – January, 2009 – Los Angeles – WBA welterweight challenge – 9th Rd TKO
While some may point to the de la Hoya win deserving the number one spot, veteran Mosley was a 4/1 underdog against an avoided Margarito in 2007 but trounced Antonio en route to a ninth round technical knockout. There is an old adage in boxing that every great fighter has one last great performance… and this was Mosley’s as the brutality bestowed upon the Mexican made analysts and fans reminisce about Shane’s lightweight pomp.
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In an elimination bout for the IBF lightweight championship that took place this past Saturday, April, 21 at Deportiva Centenario in Michoacan de Ocampo, Tijuana, Mexico’s, Marvin ‘Cachorro’ Quintero (25-3-0, 21ko), defeated Philippine native, Al “Captain A” Sabaupan (18-1-1, 13ko), by ninth-round TKO. With the win, Quintero is now the number one contender and mandatory challenger to face IBF champion Miguel Vazquez (30-3-0, 13ko).
“I was not going to be denied tonight,” Quintero said.
“I had a great training camp and all the hard work paid off. Sabaupan was a worthy opponent, but my will and determination to win in front of my people was the driving force for me tonight. I’m very excited for my team because we are on a mission to win a world title together. And now I am the mandatory challenger to face Miguel Vazquez.
“I’ll be ready for war when we fight.”
Promoter Gary Shaw commented: “Marvin is ready for a world title shot and tonight he proved he has what it takes to be a champion. He’s a big puncher and his power is visible as he has won by knockout in his last five fights. I’ll be in conversation next week with the IBF to see if we can make the Vazquez fight. I know Quintero wants that fight.
“His dream of becoming a world champion is right around the corner.”
Alan Dawson – London
There were two coronations at the Oldham Sports Centre in Lancashire, England on April 21 as Derry Mathews de-throned ex British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and Jon Lewis Dickinson overcame Matty Askin for the English cruiserweight title. Crolla had no answer for all the chin-crunching uppercuts Mathews enforced and, while the stoppage was called for far too early, Derry was clearly in the ascendancy.
Official verdict: Mathews by sixth round TKO.
At the time of press, On The Beak dubbed Emiliano Marsili’s triumph over Derry Mathews a “massacre” but Dirty Derry rebounded this weekend with a donnybrooking technical knockout win, halting the rise of Mancunian lightweight Anthony Crolla.
Boxing in red, white and with a $ on his seat, Crolla took control of the centre of the ring, was the one taking the forward steps and executed a solid jab. His opponent Mathews – in blue and white – had a pleasing blue collar work-rate and thumped Crolla with multiple flurries. In the second round, Mathews stung Crolla with body blows before clinching onto his man and leaning down – a classic Klitschko trick – in order to deplete his opponent of energy.
At the beginning of the third, Crolla – who had never before been knocked down as an amateur or professional – suffered his first canvassing when Mathews rocked Crolla with a right upper counter. Million Dollar responded with machismo, fighting his way out of trouble rather than attempting to keep himself out of harm’s way and limiting Mathews’ gusto. The fist-swinging recklessness left both fighters open but it was Crolla who sustained a severe cut, in a problematic place; just below the eyebrow.
The difference between Crolla and Mathews was ultimately that of punch resistance as Mathews was able to absorb whatever Crolla threw at him – whether it was head or body – but, by the end of the fourth round, it was Crolla had been dropped and cut.
Fighting with a warrior’s instinct that has become typical for a Joe Gallagher product, Crolla engaged in warfare with Mathews. Both fighters picked their shots well but, while Crolla crouched and lingered on the inside, Mathews rattled his skull by unloading with power to each side of the brain-case.
Crolla’s defence abandoned him at the unfortunate moments when Mathews was piecing together brutally powerful combinations. When Crolla responded by dispatching heavy leather, Mathews would talk to his opponent during split-second respites. Crolla had the upper hand for a majority of the sixth round but, with less than 30 seconds left on the round clock, Mathews shook Crolla’s legs up with a head-bound left that backed the former champion onto the ropes. The consequent bombardment was enough to inspire the referee to intervene and stop Crolla – controversially – on his feet.
It was unfortunately what is commonly perceived to be a ‘British stoppage’. From referee John Keane, it came prematurely as there were just four seconds left till the minute’s break, it was only the head shot that hurt Crolla and the subsequent punches were either parried, avoided or not struck with the necessary venom to call an end to a fight that had been shaping up to be a fight of the year contender.
“I thought it could have been stopped earlier on,” said Mathews to Sky Sports One after the official announcement. “It’s the best [domestic] division out there with Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell but I want to make a defence of this [the Lonsdale belt].
“I was too strong [and to be British champion] I’m delighted,” he concluded.
Mathews rose to 30-6-1, 16ko while Crolla slumped to 23-3-0, 9ko.
Elsewhere on the card, one of Britain’s most promising prospects regardless of weight division – Matty Askin – was defeated for the first time in his career as the Central Area cruiserweight titlist failed in his attempt to add the English belt to his honours roll. He was unstuck by Jon Lewis Dickinson, a former champion of the popular Prizefighter franchise, who amassed a healthy lead on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
Official verdict: Dickinson by decision (97-93, 97-93, 98-93).
Trainer Bob Shannon will hope his pre-fight declaration that the match-up with Jon Lewis Dickinson will be a career-defining fight for his man, Matty Askin, will turn out to be a false prophecy as the popular Blackpool basher did not seem his usual powerful headhunting self and lost a ten round decision to the new English cruiserweight titlist.
From the off, Dickinson appeared the more comfortable as he unleashed effortless orthodox jabs and uppercuts. That is not to say Askin was substandard… no, when his staple power shots were called upon he was able to pierce Dickinson’s upright guard at times but for the duration of the bout this was the exception rather than the rule. And, in round two, Geordie Jon Lewis did the same to Askin’s shield – with a jab. Askin became over-reliant on the overhand right, perhaps looking to punish and even put Dickinson down early, which was to head coach Bob Shannon’s chagrin who reminded Matty between rounds he was not following their game-plan.
Askin began rounds well. In the fourth, for example, he came out the traps loading up on a chin-checking right hand as well as cracking the ribs with lefts. When Dickinson stepped inside, he’d be met with a stiff jab but as stanzas entered the second and third minutes, Dickinson took over and it was his second/third shots that were the more eye-catching and, troubling for Askin, the more damaging as he returned to his stool prior to the fifth with claret smeared over his upper lip, Monroe and his philtrum.
Dickinson’s success came down to only throwing solitary shots during in-fighting when he’d tuck a hook into the midsection. When boxing from mid-range, he’d throw in two and three punch combinations which boosted his shots landed statistic. The jab began his moves, he bossed the tempo, was oft the first to get his shots off and was cutting Askin up as a laceration opened below the Assassin’s eye in the fifth.
Dickinson’s shot selection was superior to Askin’s until moments in the eighth where, instead of looking to drop Dickinson with the overhand right, he’d pound Jon Lewis’ ribs with right hooks before sending uppercuts to the floorboards of his roof. Such was the one-sided nature of the fight, Askin had to seek a knockout in the ninth and tenth if he were to steal the victory, however, whilst he fought with intent and urgency in the final stanza – pummeling each side of Dickinson’s body – it was not enough to significantly hurt the 25-year-old from County Durham.
In a 50/50 fight, Dickinson’s triumph was not unlikely, but the ease in which he was able to outbox Askin will have surprised observers as the Birtley boxer added the vacant English cruiserweight title and a mandatory shot at Enzo Maccarinelli’s coveted British championship to his 2010 Prizefighter glory.
Askin was busier than Dickinson, but it was the latter who landed more often… 105 to Matty’s 67, ensuring the scoring of the bout was straight forward as Jon Lewis Dickinson saw his record move 11-2-0, 3ko while Askin suffered his first defeat and goes down to 13-1-0, 9ko.
Frank Maloney stated to Sky Sports One that victory over an erstwhile undefeated Askin was only the start of a global plan: “This guy is a fighter and he will be champion in Britain and the world in years to come.”
On The Beak – Admin
Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla has targeted winning a Lonsdale belt outright before becoming world lightweight champion. The popular Mancunian makes the second defence of his British crown against Derry Mathews (29-6-1, 15ko) at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday, April 21. If Crolla (23-2-0, 9ko) beats his Liverpool rival he’ll be just one notch away from claiming the coveted belt for keeps.
Hatton Promotions star Crolla, 25, said: “The Lonsdale belt is my absolute pride and joy. It means the world to me and my family are so proud of it.
“To have one for keeps on the mantel piece means the world to me. I always said when I came into boxing it was my ambition to win a Lonsdale belt.
“I boxed on an amateur show when I was a kid and saw one. Ever since those it has been a target.”
Crolla knows the world title scene is wide open. The WBA belt is vacant and Scot Ricky Burns is among the other champions.
Anthony added: “I am not distracted by talk of world title fights because the fight I am preparing for is the most important. If the next one goes wrong against Mathews talk of European and world title fights down the line go out of the window.”
Other contests include: Jon Lewis Dickinson versus Matty Askin (10×3 cruiserweight), Stephen Foster Jr against Jose Antonio Elizabeth (6×3 super-featherweight), Jazza Dickins takes on Yuri Voronin (6×3 super-bantamweight), Lucas Brown will trade shots with Paul Butlin (6 rounds of heavyweight action), Adam Little and Chris Jenkinson get it on (6×3 welterweight), Tommy Stubbs versus Gavin Reid (4×3 bantamweight) and Ryan Doyle is up against a selected opponent (4×3 featherweight).