Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell was taken into new territory on Saturday night in his hometown of Hull as third career foe Lee Connelly put up a brave performance against the up and comer.
The 26 year-old showed all the promise of a future world champion with some of his dazzling combinations as Campbell won every round on the way to keeping up his 100% stoppage record by ending the contest in the fifth round.
Campbell had previously only been in the ring for three and a half minutes after blasting out Andy Harris and Neil Hepper, although the more you see of the Yorkshireman – the brighter the future looks – with titles a certainty in the near future.
In chief support, Lucas Browne moved closer to a potential Commonwealth title fight with David Price after blasting out close friend Richard Towers in five rounds of a dull heavyweight clash.
The Australian seemed to have the beating of a negative Towers from the off and was constantly looking for his trademark big right hand, which had the Sheffield man in trouble every time it landed.
Towers was badly shaken at the end of the third by two huge shots from Browne on the back of two cagey and uneventful opening rounds, but kept out of trouble in the fourth before the inevitable happened in the fifth.
‘Big Daddy’ pinned Towers up against the ropes and unleashed a constant barrage on the prone Briton until referee Steve Gray was forced to conduct a standing eight count to end the punishment.
With Towers unsteady on his feet though, Gray had no choice but to wave off the fight and Browne was declared the winner to take his unbeaten record to 18-0, whilst ending that of his Hatton stablemate in the process.
Hometown fighter Tommy Coyle defeated John Simpson in seven rounds as the lightweight made his comeback from a loss to Derry Mathews, although the Scot looked frail at 135lbs having competed for most of his career at lower weights.
Earlier in the night, Rendall Munroe warmed-up for his European title clash with Lee Selby with a six-round run-out at featherweight. The ‘Boxing Binman’ out-pointed Pavel Senkovs 60-55 and now meets the Welshman on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves in three weeks’ time.
Also on the bill, Curtis Woodhouse was another fighter recovering from stoppage loss to Derry Mathews as the former footballer scored a six-round decision win over Lewis van Poestch, whilst Josh Warrington stopped Samir Mouneimne late to claim the vacant Commonwealth featherweight belt.
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