Buglioni-Markham an enthralling draw; Skeete and Smith win

Phil Jay 09/05/2015

British super middleweight contenders Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham still can’t be split after fighting twice in the amateurs and once in the pro’s.

The pair won once each with the vest and head guard but saved their best until the latest fight as the pair shared a classic ten rounds at Wembley Arena.

In a see-saw bout that had the crowd on the edge of their seats, Buglioni and Markham gave each other their best in a clash that should certainly see them share the ring for a fourth time.

Judges scores at the end of the contest saw Buglioni take it 96-94 and Markham by the same score, although the third carded 95-95 and that should mean an imminent return.

Bradley Skeete kept hold of his WBO European welterweight title by stopping Brunet Zamora on his stool, whilst George Jupp took his winning streak to nine with a one-sided points win over Barrington Brown. The Londoner built on his Southern Area title win over Craig Poxton in December by scoring an 80-73 victory with referee Robert Williams.

Super featherweight Mitchell Smith escaped a disqualification after hitting Cristian Palma whilst on already on the floor. The Londoner had Palma down and in trouble in the fifth, but inexplicably launched a rocket to the Chilean’s head, although faced only a telling-off from the referee for his trouble. Palma was duly stopped, and in the process, Mitchell picked up the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.

Meanwhile, welterweight prospect Ahmet Patterson halted John Brennan courtesy of a crunching body shot in the fourth session to improve to 15-0, whilst Boy Jones Jnr is now 2-0 with a first round stoppage of Aaron Flinn. Joe Pigford also claimed an early night by taking out Simone Lucas in six rounds.

Anthony Yarde made a successful debut as the light-heavyweight defeated Mitch Mitchell via second round TKO, whilst Nick Webb improved to 2-0 with a first-round knockout of Hungarian Martin Szatmari. Alex Hughes also got in on the first round stoppage action by ending his fight with Gyorgy Varga via TKO. Hughes is now 4-0 following his latest win.