Eggington claims title; Campbell, Macklin, Smith and Yafai’s win

Phil Jay 09/05/2015

Birmingham’s Sam Eggington dispatched a ragged Joseph Lamptey in seven rounds to seal his greatest career night in claiming the vacant Commonwealth welterweight title.

In front of his adoring fans, and fighting for fellow-Brummie Frankie Gavin’s old belt, Eggington took every round on my card until pinning Lamptey on the ropes to seal the triumph.

Luke Campbell produced a top-class body and head combination to take out Aboubeker Bechelaghem in the third round of their contest. Bechelaghem has never been halted in his career and the superior Campbell had no difficulty getting the job done. A summer fight against Hull rival Tommy Coyle looms large for the Olympic champion following what was Campbell’s ninth straight stoppage.

Three-time world middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin got back to winning ways, but in all honesty was leagues above Sandor Micsko from the off. The Birmingham-born Irishman clobbered Micsko with a cruel body shot in just the second round and Hungarian never recovered. Macklin now boasts a 32-6 C.V after recording his 21st early career finish and has his sights firmly set on claiming another world title shot by the end of the year.

WBC ranked number three super middleweight Callum Smith wasted no time in dropping and stoppage Oleg Fedotovs following a six-month absence from the ring. ‘Mundo’ blasted out the usually durable Fedotovs in the first round to make it 16 wins, with twelve inside schedule.

Featherweight Gamal Yafai had too much in his locker for Arnoldo Solano as the home favourite made it six straight wins as a professional. Yafai took a dominant 80-71 triumph on the referee’s card as ‘The Beast’ moves a step closer to title contention, whilst brother Kal wasted not time blitzing veteran Isaac Quaye in one round.

Super middleweight Lennox Clarke overcame Alistair Warren 39-38 as the 23 year-old pushed his record to 8-0, with three stoppages.

Earlier, Midlands fighters Jordan Cooke, Michael Rooney and Dan Breeze remain undefeated as the trio all recorded four-round points victories. Cooke out-scored Liam Richards 40-36, whilst Rooney dropped Ismail Anwar twice en route to a 40-35 win. Breeze had it a little tougher against wily journeyman Kevin McCauley and just scraped through 39-38 on referee Shaun Messer’s card.