Martin v Joshua – Undercard results from London
George Groves made light work of David Brophy to end the Scotsman’s undefeated run and move closer to a fourth world title shot.
‘The Saint’ earned a fringe version of the WBA title with a fourth round victory having won every session of an apparent mismatch.
Making his debut high up on the card, super lightweight Conor Benn, son of British boxing legend Nigel, marauded his way to a first round victory over Bulgarian also-ran Ivailo Boyanov.
The 19 year-old had little regard for defence as he plunged forward at every opportunity until the referee stepped in just over two minutes into the fight.
World champion Lee Selby recovered from a second round knockdown, the first ever in his boxing career, to out-point mandatory challenger Eric Hunter.
The Welshman used his superior boxing skills to frustrate Hunter, who was warned by referee Marcus McDonnell for the use of some roughhouse tactics.
At the end of the contest, judges carded 116-110 (twice, the same as WBN) and 115-111 to ensure Selby kept a firm grip on his IBF featherweight belt.
WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell dismantled late replacement Fernando Vargas in nine rounds to cement his position as one of the classiest operators in the division.
McDonnell controlled the fight from the off, putting round after round in the bank, before upping his intent in the ninth round to force the stoppage.
The Doncaster man is now looking for a possible unification with Lee Haskins towards the end of the year or could even be ready to move up in weight to 122.
In a bruising middleweight contest, three-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin overcame Brian Rose through twelve rounds. The Irishman was handed the decision on two cards 115-111 whilst a third scored it 113-113. Both fighters were deducted points late on in the bout which by all accounts would have been best settled by the latter scoring.
Ohara Davies proved once again why he is so highly thought of in the UK with an impressive fourth round knockout of Andy Keates. Davies picked up the vacant English lightweight title with a convincing win, scoring two knockdowns, the second of which Keates failed to recover from.
Featherweight Kamil Laszczyk kicked off the action with a six round points win over Ignac Kassai to improve to 22-0, whilst Ted Cheeseman followed that up with a fourth round stoppage win over Mario Petrov. The welterweight is now 4-0 in the paid ranks.