Johnson, Ritson blast out Buglioni and Cardle early, stoppage wins for Fowler and Cox
Coming out of the blocks like a lightning bolt, Callum Johnson ripped away Frank Buglioni’s Lonsdale Belt with a spectacular first round knockout in London.
‘The One’ scored with several solid shots early on before Buglioni hit the deck and was unsteady on his feet.
Johnson capitalized and piled on the pressure to force the end and claim the UK light-heavyweight strap.
Lewis Ritson must have thought it was Christmas come early as the Newcastle man retained his British lightweight belt for the second time.
In astonishing tactics, challenger Scott Cardle, not a known puncher, threw defense out of the window as he attempted a smash and grab on Ritson’s title.
With more power in his arsenal, there was only ever going to be one winner in a firefight, and sensing his man was in trouble, trainer Joe Gallagher threw in the towel following a standing eight count and a lack of covering up from Cardle.
Where Cardle goes from here is anyone’s guess as a lack of explosion in his fists would seemingly rule out a move up in weight.
Following on from Chisora, Anthony Fowler made it five straight wins as a pro by grinding down Kalilou Dembele on the way to what was a slightly controversial stoppage by referee Bob Williams.
Fowler, who had dropped Dembele earlier in the contest, crunched a body shot into his opponent’s midriff in the fifth before Williams waved the fight off as the Frenchman got to his feet.
Dembele argued the timing of the decision to end the bout, although Fowler was well on top and it seemed just a matter of time before the Liverpool man forced the knockout.
Following his World Boxing Super Series disappointment, super middleweight Jamie Cox is back in the win column courtesy of a second round knockout of Harry Matthews, whilst Craig Richards halted Ivan Stupalo in three at light-heavyweight.
Richard Riakporhe moved to 6-0 but not without a scare along the way against Adam Williams.
The cruiserweight was dropped in the first round but came back strong in the second and eventually got the job done in the third.
Super bantamweight prospect Louie Lynn began proceedings with a stoppage victory over Michael Horobin on his professional debut.