Josh Taylor (11-0, 10 KOs) continued his ascent up the divisional ranking scoring a stoppage over former world champion Miguel Vazquez (39-6, 15 KOs) in Scotland.
Taylor retained his WBC Silver Lightweight title doing so by becoming the first man to stop the Mexican at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
The night’s ender came from a brilliant right to the body 30 seconds from the end of the ninth,
Making his foray into the American market, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing started it’s adventure brightly with their fighter, former world champion Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) scoring a wide unanimous decision over Luis Arias (18-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at Long Island’s newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Jacobs scored a knockdown in the eleventh when Arias’ glove appeared to touch the canvas, on route to a rather straightforward point’s win with scores of 118-109, 120-107, 119-108 for Jacobs.
Heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0, 18 KOs) remained unbeaten, scoring a ninth-round stoppage over 6’8 former world title challenger Mariusz Wach (33-3, 17 KOs). Miller looked impressive, outworking Wach, who broke his right hand eventually prompting the referee to stop the fight in round nine. Time was 1:02.
Super lightweight Jose Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) needed only two rounds to stop Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (23-1, 12 KOs) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Ramirez dropped Reed in the second before the bout was halted during the follow-up barrage. Time was 1:43.
Light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over Enrico Koelling (23-2, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF world title on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
Beterbiev dominated much of the action, whilst Koelling seemed happy to survive, a tactic that looked to work until the eleventh. Beterbiev had other ideas, dropping Koelling twice before the fight was halted. The time was 2:33.
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