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Josh Kelly takes out Kris George, wins Commonwealth title

Thomas Davison 16/06/2018
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Josh Kelly picked up the Commonwealth title as his Australian opponent Kris George didn’t get off his stool for the 8th round. 

Kelly displayed his now trademark flash style throughout, landing blows on the tough Aussie at will.

As the fight progressed it was clear that George, also nursing a hand injury, had no answer for Kelly’s counter-punching flamboyant style and his corner withdrew him at the start of the 8th session.

With the win, Kelly picked up the Commonwealth title in just his seventh pro outing.

In the co-feature, Lewis Ritson destroyed Paul Hyland Jr. inside a round to win the Lonsdale belt outright in front of a raucous crowd in Newcastle. 

The home-town hero came out with a ram-rod of a jab putting Hyland Jr. off balance.

Ritson then put Hyland down heavy in the opener and the Irishman never truly recovered as he fought bravely but went down two more times and the referee called an end to the contest, sending the fans into raptures.

Gavin McDonnell defended his WBC international super bantamweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Stuart Hall.

McDonnell won with scores of 115-113 once and 117-111 twice on the judges’ scorecards. The result was rarely in doubt.

Hall did try to press the action but McDonnell managed to establish his jab and countered nicely to secure a comfortable decision victory.

NEWCASTLE McDONNELL HALL 44

Super-flyweight star Charlie Edwards dismantled Anthony Nelson with three knockdowns on the way to a third-round knockout.
 

The first session was a tentative one, but the bout exploded into life with two knockdowns in the second for Edwards.

Nelson valiantly fought back in the third, but Edwards caught him with a sweet right hand to lay Nelson flat on the canvas and Howard Foster called an end to the contest without the need for a count.

Edwards now holds a fringe version of the WBA belt and could face stablemate Kal Yafai at some point in the near future.

Arfan Iqbal retained his English cruiserweight title with a majority draw against Simon Vallily with scores of 96-92 Vallily, 95-94 Iqbal and 94-94.

In a dirty, aggressive fight, Vallily started the fight the faster but seemed to slow down as Iqbal pushed forward. Vallily became frustrated and started to hit on the break. After several warnings, Vallily was deducted two points and risked disqualification.

Iqbal seemed to dominate the middle rounds but Vallily finished the stronger in the final round to close the curtain on an entertaining, scrappy bout.

NEWCASTLE BURNS NJEGAC 33

Former world champion Ricky Burns defeated Ivan Njegac when the Croatian didn’t get off his stool for the fifth round in what was a scheduled six-round contest.

It was a 50th professional outing for ‘The Rickster’ who will be hoping for a tougher test next time out after shaking off his ring rust.

Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93

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