Joshua dominates Gavern; Mixed fortunes for Dickinson brothers

Anthony Joshua produced a typical display against an out-of-depth Jason Gavern to keep up his perfect record at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

The Olympic champion predictably stopped his eleventh straight opponent within three rounds and now needs a sterner test after what was a hard fight to watch at times.

Gavern, 37, was fighting for the 50th time as a pro – but never stood a chance as Joshua continues to be over carefully-matched on his way to certain title glory in the future.

Jon-Lewis Dickinson claimed the WBC International Silver cruiserweight title and ended the unbeaten record of Stephen Simmons.

The 28 year-old halted Simmons in the eighth round to improve to 16-4 with a fifth KO and end a run of two straight defeats. 

In contrasting fortunes Dickinson’s brother Travis, who like his elder sibling is a Prizefighter champion, was finished off in just one round by little-known Spaniard Mustafa Chadlioui.

Super featherweight contender Stephen Smith scored victories in successive weekends by out-pointing Barrington Brown over six rounds.

Despite suffering a cut and looking hurt in the fifth from a solid shot, the 29 year-old was on top for the majority and came through 59-55 on points.

Cruiserweight Simon Vallily took every round of six from Poland’s Wlodzimierz Letr and can now boast a 7-0 record from his two years in the pro ranks.

Hosea Burton stopped Lee Duncan in round four to make it five KO’s from twelve wins, whilst Lewis Ritson out-pointed Kristian Laight on his debut, lightweight Charlie Flynn moved to 2-0 with a four-round points win and Jordan King improved to 5-0 by halting Iain Jackson in the first session.

Jeff Saunders, brother of Bradley, began his career with a first round stoppage on the night.