Results from the First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
Josh Warrington impressed in joining current WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. as one of only two men to stop hardened Irishman Patrick Hyland.
In front of his adoring fans at the First Direct Arena, Warrington went through the gears and was never in any trouble against Hyland, who initially failed to make the weight and looked like a drained fighter.
Warrington, 25, scored only the fifth early finish of his career when dropping Hyland in the eighth, before ending the contest in the ninth. An argument could have been made to pull Hyland out earlier, although the former world title challenger wanted to trade blows and go out on his shield.
With the victory, Warrington retained his WBC International title and pushed one step closer to a shot at the likes of rival Lee Selby or even Russell Jr. himself at some point in the next six months.
In the co-feature, Dillian Whyte took every round of ten from rival Dave Allen on WBN’s scorecard as the pre-fight bad blood between the pair failed to materialize.
Allen’s tactics seemed to involve tiring Whyte out and coming on strong in the later rounds, although the Yorkshireman found the Londoner too elusive and succumbed to a wide defeat on the cards.
Whyte saved energy by using his power shots sparingly and relying on his superior body shots, uppercuts and combinations to bank the points.
The final round proved the most entertaining and saw Allen come on strong but it was too little too late and Whyte came out on top 100-90, 99-90 and 99-91 on the cards to win the vacant WBC International title.
Luke Campbell recovered from a second round knockdown to overcome former world champion Argenis Mendez via decision.
‘Cool Hand’ looked in trouble early on when dropped by Mendez after failing to listen to his corner’s instructions but soon settled down and got into his rhythm.
Overall, it was an assured performance from Campbell who was comfortable against a dangerous and seasoned operator in Mendez as the 2012 Olympic gold medallist pushes for a world title shot in 2017.
Mendez proved shot-shy from the knockdown onwards and Campbell saw out the victory 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112 on the cards
The 28 year-old proved that he is already above and beyond domestic level and could either go the European route next or even a final eliminator for one of the current divisional belt holders.
Slick Yorkshireman Tyrone Nurse retained his British super lightweight belt in a twelve round war with Hull warrior Tommy Coyle.
Nurse was on top over the first half of the fight and banked the rounds to take a lead into the second six sessions.
A bruised and battered Coyle knocked Nurse down with a straight jab in the seventh round, although Nurse looked more embarrassed than anything and came back strong in the next round.
Coyle probably shaded the later rounds but it was the champion who was given the nod 116-112 and 115-113 twice on the scorecards.
Birmingham’s Gamal Yafai successfully defended the Commonwealth super bantamweight title but was made to work for it by tough battler Josh Wale.
The pair traded blows right up until the final bell, although the superior boxing ability of the champion was evident and Yafai eventually came out on top.
Scores of 118-111 and 117-112 (twice) told the story of the fight as Yafai push his career tally into double figures. Wale drops a ninth loss in what was his 31st pro contest.
Talented Ryan Burnett put a good ten round shift in as the Irishman continues his rise towards the top end of the bantamweight division. Burnett overcame Cesar Ramirez via scores of 100-89 and 99-90 (twice) to improve his record to 14-0.
German puncher Vincent Feigenbutz produced yet another knockout display to end his fight with Wilmer Gonzalez in the second round, whilst ‘The Savage’ Sam Eggington put his defeat to Bradley Skeete behind him with a first round stoppage of Daza Usher.
Frankie Gavin is back in the win column following a 14-month spell out of the ring. The southpaw had been out of action since losing to Kell Brook in his first world title challenge and made it 23 wins to his credit by halting Ivo Gogosevic. Gavin was on top throughout the contest, although the Croatian entertained the crowd until his inevitable defeat in the sixth.
The 20 year-old secured a second win since losing a world title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis in January, and on this form, another shot at the sport’s biggest prize won’t be far away.
The opening contests in Leeds saw Felix Cash and Jake Ball record early stoppages, improving to 2-0 and 6-0 respectively, whilst Connor Seymour out-pointed Liam Griffiths over four rounds at middleweight and Reece Mould grabbed a decision win over Qasim Hussain.