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McDonnell two-time world champ, Joshua and Yafai first round KO’s

Phil Jay 31/05/2014

Jamie McDonnell picked up his second career world championship as the Briton stopped Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat in ten rounds at Wembley Stadium.

The Doncaster bantamweight is now the new WBA title holder following his short reign as IBF champion following a sweet left hook ended the Thai fighter’s challenge. Na Rachawat was laid out from the shot and counted out for the full ten to the delight of the UK crowd in London.

McDonnell, 28, was on top for the majority of the bout, apart from maybe one or two rounds, and is now back on summit of the sport after never losing his previous title in the ring.

Kicking off the bill, Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua made it six knockouts out of six with a crushing first round win over Matt Legg.

The impressive 24 year-old scored with an early uppercut in opening few seconds, and as Legg swung widely hitting mostly fresh air, Joshua found another uppercut to end the fight.

Joshua is now set to step up to the higher end of domestic level after being eased in to the pro ranks slowly by Eddie Hearn, who is hoping to pit his fighter against veteran Matt Skelton in July.

In the live float, Gamal Yafai won his second straight first round knockout by using exceptional body shots to claim victory over Jack Heath.

Yafai, 22, was called out to fight just before the main event and boxed in front of some 70,000+ fans which was great experience for the youngster. 

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