Heavyweight Joe Joyce (3-0, 3 KOs) continued his ascent up the rankings of the division with an impressive one round blow out of Donnie “Big Nasty” Palmer (9-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the prestigious York Hall in London.
After a series of jabs to the body, Joyce unleashed a one-two combination that dropped Palmer at the 38-second mark. It was a great showing from the Olympic Silver Medalist who wasted no time in taking aim at Dereck Chisora.
British cruiserweight titlist Matty “The Assassin” Askin (24-3-1, 15 KOs) retained his title with a second-round knockout of Stephen Simmons (18-3, 7 KOs).
The upset of the weekend came at the theatre inside Madison Square Garden which witnessed Tijuana’s Antonio Lozada Jr (39-2, 33 KOs) stop the previously unbeaten Felix Verdejo (23-1, 15 KOs) in round ten.
Lozada took the action to Verdejo throughout but was apparently behind on the scorecards when he launched an assault, rocking the Puerto Rican, knocking him down before the inevitable stoppage came shortly after. Time was 2:37.
Former IBF 130lb world champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (23-1, 12 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Luis Rodriguez (26-12-1, 14 KOs). Pedraza winning a shutout by scores of 80-72.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs) continued unbeaten as he decisioned Mehdi Amar (34-6-2, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight title. Gvozdyk was in control of the contest from beginning to end in gaining scores of 117-111, 116-112, 118-110.
Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Amir “Young Master” Imam (21-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night to claim the vacant WBC super lightweight title formerly held by Terence Crawford.
Ramirez was the aggressor for the duration of the contest although Imam had his moment also. In the end, it was Ramirez who was adjudged to have done the better, widely winning on the judges’ scorecards by 120-108, 117-111, 115-113.
David Berna (15-3, 14 KOs) was no match for the unbeaten Michael Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) as the Irish Olympian took just two rounds to halt the contest with Berna on the canvas twice before the fight was waved off
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (45-14-1, 19 KOs) was held to a twelve round majority draw on Saturday against fellow Australian Wes Capper (19-2-1, 12 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia
In a contest for the IBF International title. The 44-year-old Soliman appeared to touch down in the second after missing a punch, finding himself off balance, it was enough to score the fight a draw 114-114, 114-114 and third judge scored 114-113 for Soliman.
In the final contest of his great resume, Former WBC, WBA and IBF world champion Cristian Mijares (59-8-2, 27 KOs) won by technical knockout over Fernando Saucedo (61-8-3, 10 KOs) in the eighth round at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
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