Results round-up: ‘Kingpin’ Johnson stops Pianeta, wins for Yoka, ‘Harry’ Khan, El Mousaoui
Heavyweight Kevin Johnson made it three wins out of four bouts in 2017 when taking out Francesco Pianeta in Germany on Saturday night.
‘Kingpin’, who seems to have been around forever and fought everyone, put another dented in the padded record of the Italian to push his record to 32-8-1 and add a fringe version of the IBO belt to his career haul.
Elsewhere in France, Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka continued his early progress but was forced to go the full six rounds by a stubborn Jonathan Rice at Zenith de Paris.
Yoka looked out of sorts in patches but saw out a 60-54, 58-56 (twice) triumph on the cards to record his second victory since turning pro on the back of ditching the amateur vest.
Also on the bill, former EU welterweight title-holder Ahmed El Mousaoui scored a unanimous decision after ten rounds against ex-super-welterweight world champion Carlos Molina.
The victory representing a career-best for the Frenchman and follows a controversial win over Junior Witter back in 2015.
In the UK, Amir Khan’s brother Haroon, or ‘Harry’, won his seventh pro outing to remain undefeated by knocking out Gyula Dodu in two rounds at Robin Park Centre in Wigan.
The 26 year-old bantamweight has now won three contests since returning from a three-year exile and could be in the British title mix next year.