Fight Report

UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM THE O2

Former world champion Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) handed defeat to Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday night. Povetkin brought the action to the typically defensive Fury throughout, which was adjudged to have been enough to win on each scorecard by 117-111.

WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards (15-1, 6 KOs) retained his title by no contest after a shot to the liver in the third meant the Englishman was unable to continue.

Mexico’s Julio Cesar Martinez (14-1, 11 KOs) immediately got onto the front foot, pressing the action from the opening bell. Martinez who most will know from his stoppage of Andrew Selby and we may have been forgiven into thinking that he had repeated the feat in the third, dropping Edwards but it was the follow up shot whilst Edwards was on one knee that left the verdict in doubt. Edwards Subsequently was unable to beat the count and Martinez was immediately announced as the new world champion. However, it was shortly deemed a foul, therefore ruling it a non contest with an immediate rematch the next course of action.

Light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi (12-0, 10 KOs) did what was expected of him, scoring a seventh round KO over Ryan Ford (16-5, 11 KOs) to retain his WBA International title. A flush body shot was enough to stop the usually stubborn Ford with the time at 1:07.

In an all Welsh affair, the first time two combatants from the country have faced each other for the British title in 25 years, Lightweight Joe Cordina (10-0, 7 KOs) was the one to hold bragging rights in his successful defence of the crown as well as the Commonwealth, outscoring Gavin Gwynne (11-1, 1 KO) over twelve rounds. Cordina was favoured on the judges scorecards by 116-110, 116-110, 116-111 with both incurring point deductions.

Elsewhere in the Lightweight division, James Tennyson (25-3, 21 KOs) made short work of Atif Shafiq (21-2, 5 KOs) stopping him in the second round to claim the vacant WBA International title.

Super featherweight Martin J. Ward (23-1-2, 11 KOs) stopped Josue Bendana (10-13-4, 6 KOs) in the fifth.

Female super middleweight Savannah Marshall (7-0, 5 KOs) stayed on course for the lucrative matchup with Claressa Shields by stopping Daniele Bastieri (2-1, 2 KOs) at in the fifth.

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