Rigondeaux v Dickens – Results from Cardiff, Wales

WBN 16/07/2016

Results from Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff, Wales:

British Super Welterweight champion Liam Williams defended his belt in a punishing performance against Gary Corcoran in Cardiff.

Williams was clearly the better fighter but was embroiled in a war from the first round due to bad blood between the pair.

After a punishing battle, Williams dropped Corcoran in the eleventh and finished the bout in style to retain the UK strap.

Guillermo Rigondeaux showed the usual glimpses of wonderment when taking out Jazza Dickens after two completed rounds.

A massive left hand which came at Dickens with precision accuracy broke the Liverpool scrapper’s jaw and thus ended the contest.

Dickens went to his corner and wanted to continue but the damage was too bad and Rigo was declared the winner. 

Manchester’s Terry Flanagan was made to work for his money as the WBO Lightweight champion scored a decision over veteran South African Mzonke Fana.

Fana was down twice in the fight but lasted the distance despite his 42 years. In the end, Flanagan won convincingly 120-106 on all three cards but won’t have sent any shockwaves through the division. 

Tommy Langford‘s lack of one-punch power was the only reason why Timo Laine lasted seven rounds of their middleweight contest. Langford completely outclassed the Finn until referee Phil Edwards had seen enough and ended the one-sided fight into the second half.

Welterweight Bradley Skeete stepped up a gear through the midway point to get Alexandre Lepelley out of there in seven rounds. Skeete defended his WBO European belt successfully and improves to 24-1 ahead of tougher tests to come.

Jamie Conlan remains on track for a meaningful title fight with a routine second round triumph against Patrik Bartos. Conlan had the upper hand for the brief spell the bout lasted and moves to 17-0 an eleventh career knockout.

Super-welterweight Joe Pigford improved to 11-0 with a fourth round stoppage of Sam Omidi. A few punches landing around the back of the head went unnoticed, although Pigford was well on top and dropped Omidi on more than one occasion until the bout was eventually halted.

Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes failed to impress the crowd or his coach Gary Lockett, as the 22 year-old Welshman laboured to a points win over Alistair Warren. Hughes looked frustrated and tired at times but still managed to see off a determined Warren and get the win after eight rounds.

Cruiserweight Gary Sweeney made it two wins out of two by stopping Marek Gabor in their clash, whilst Jay Harris pushed to 8-0 with victory over Ramesh Ahmadi.

Craig Evans put his draw double with Tom Stalker behind him by recording a 15th career triumph in a lightweight bout with Jordan Ellison, whilst Tyrone McKenna won all six rounds against Chris Adaway to remain unbeaten in eleven.

At welterweight, namesake Dale Evans had too much in his locker for Ryan Hardy and can now boast a 11-3-2 record, whilst former British champion Gary Buckland made a winning comeback by defeating Matty Fagan.