22
Mar
2019

Edwards new WBC champ, stoppage wins for Buatsi and Takam

Chandler Waller 22/12/2018

Joshua Buatsi improved his record to 9-0 after demolishing Renold Quinlan in one round.

A short left hook during a hold forced Quinlan to take a knee which Terry O’Connor did not rule as a knockdown.

Buatsi continued to apply pressure and launched another left hook which floored Quinlan. When he rose Terry O’Connor in his last contest called an end at 1:50.

Cristofer Rosales vs. Charlie Edwards

Charlie Edwards boxed out of his skin to rightly deserve to claim his first world title.

Edwards found an advantage early on, although Rosales kept a good high guard.

Possessing the speed to land barrages of punches at times, Edwards had to be weary of the power of Rosales.

The champion’s solidity kept the fight intriguing throughout.

Edwards landed a beautiful left hook, right uppercut combination in the fourth which provoked Rosales to up the ante.

Rosales came firing back in the 7th and drew blood on the top of the head of Edwards.

Looked the stronger going into the later rounds. Rosales just couldn’t move Edwards, who was blocking hard shots and returning fire.

The final bell rang and it was a unanimous decision for Charlie Edwards. Scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.

Ryan Walsh vs. Reece Bellotti

The champion Ryan Walsh appeared fresher from the start, seeing openings and outboxing Reece Bellotti in the early exchanges.

Bellotti struggled to get a jab established and patiently waited for an opportunity. He improved in the middle rounds by landing right crosses and left hooks flush on Walsh’s chin.

Increasing his work rate, he managed to back up Walsh on the ropes.

Bellotti’s work rate was almost his detriment in the 8th and 9th when Walsh found an answer in his right hook which wobbled the challenger.

Walsh had another excellent round in the 9th where his continuous left and right hooks pummelled Bellotti into the corners of the ring. Walsh himself  was imploring the ref to stop the fight.

Back and forth action concluded the fight as Bellotti came back into the fight strongly. Both men had success with their hooks in their final three minutes.

In the end, Walsh remained British champion by split decision with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 116-113 for Bellotti.

Carlos Takam vs. Senad Gashi

Carlos Takam began by using a sweeping left hook to close the distance on Senad Gashi.

Using the hook to his advantage, Takam slowly started to pound away at Gashi.

Gashi started to be more active but the more eye-catching shots came from Takam.

A couple of Takam’s short right hooks had the crowd asking for more. Soon after the two men traded their best punches.

Takam continued to apply pressure with a straight right hand in the sixth which sent Gashi wobbling to the corner. Takam repeated and Gashi fought back with short right hooks to keep Takam at bay, but only just.


Takam scored the first knockdown in the seventh by a short right hand.

Shortly after Gashi got to his feet, Takam caught him again with an uppercut, short left hook combo which sent him to the canvas for the 2nd time.

Briefly after, Takam’s left hook made another return to knockout Gashi significantly ending the fight at 1:40 in round seven.

📸 Dave Thompson

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