Joshua scores debut TKO as draw hampers Quigg’s world champion performance

Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua made light work of unbeaten Emanuele Leo to make an impressive start to his pro career with a first round stoppage at the O2 in London.

Joshua, 23, has every shot in the book and used them all to great effect as the hapless Leo took a brutal beating until referee Ian John-Lewis called a halt at the end of the opening session.

In chief support, Bury’s Scott Quigg can now officially call himself the WBA ‘regular’ super-bantamweight champion after a hard-earned draw with slick Cuban Yoandris Salinas.

The 24 year-old executed mentor Joe Gallagher’s tactics to the letter to come on strong in the second half of the fight and should maybe have been given the fight by a couple of rounds, rather than having the blemish of a majority draw on his perfect record.

Both fighters remain undefeated though as it stands after Golden Boy’s Salinas used his superior jab and movement to rack up the early rounds, whereas Quigg was on top for the majority of the last six rounds with his higher work ethic.

After the twelve rounds, the scorecards read 115-113, 114-114 (twice), with the initial card having it correct in my book as I agreed with home fighter Quigg coming out on top by claiming the last two rounds.

Quigg, who was made the full WBA belt holder by the World Boxing Association after a spell as the interim champion, was reluctant to shout about the fact that he was classed with title status, but can now do just that after what was a top level performance against a real live opponent.