Billy Joe Saunders ended John Ryder’s unbeaten record whilst in the process of maintaining his own to retain his British middleweight title in a classic match-up in London on Saturday night.
The 24 year-old won most rounds when using his boxing at range, whilst Ryder had more success up close as the two talented fighter’s entertained the crowd for the full duration.
In the end, Saunders superior work-rate just edged it in his favour as the judges came back with score of 115-113 (twice) and 115-114, whilst I carded an even draw 114-114 as neither deserved to lose.
In chief support, former world title challenger Dereck Chisora claimed the European heavyweight crown with a fifth round stoppage win over Edmund Gerber. ‘Del Boy’ controlled the fight barring a wobble in the fourth round to stop the German on the ropes in the fifth.
Also on the bill, talented former amateur star Frankie Gavin retained his British welterweight title against David Barnes with a 118-111, 118-112, 117-112 margin to move to 17-0, whilst Liam Walsh edged out Joe Murray in the battle of the undefeated super-featherweights with a majority decision in an entertaining scrap.
Walsh, who was once penned in to challenge Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title, was handed the victory with scores of 116-112 and 116-113, whilst a third judge had it a draw in a what was a see-saw contest.
Paul Butler kept up his impressive form with a comprehensive points win over Miguel Gonzalez as the three judges saw it 120-108, 119-110 and 117-112. The Ellesemere Port super-flyweight continues his march towards a world title shot with his record now standing at 13-0.
Super-middleweight prospect Frank Buglioni was also on the card and easily dispatched Czech journeyman Bronislav Kubin in two rounds to score his seventh early victory in ten bouts.