From Trevor McIntyre: WBC World flyweight champion Charlie Edwards (15-1, 6 KOs) readily kept his title in beating an embarrassingly limited #14 fringe contender Angel Moreno (19-3, 6 KOs) by way of a onesided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, England. Boxing News 2-4 believed it 120-107.
This has been an impressive performance from the 26-year-old Edwards, who showboated and mastered the 35-year-old Spaniard Moreno in winning readily. After the fight, Edwards and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn talked of needing to unite the flyweight division. It’d be nice to see Edwards fight far much better opposition than Moreno even though Hearn has problems putting Edwards at unification conflicts, he needs to aim to put him in against higher degree opposition than searching for bottomfeeders such as Moreno.
It had been one-sided it had been hard to watch. Moreno appeared as if he’d no boxing skills at all. You’ve got to wonder what Eddie Hearn was thinking of in putting this fight together. The showboating which Edwards did was unnecessary, since it appeared almost unkind given how limited and over-matched his competitor Moreno was. Solutions if showboating is nice, but not if a fight is as onesided as to-night ’s competition was.
“It was a punch-perfect, clinical boxing operation, just like I predicted,” said Edwards afterwards. “I’m going to move all the way and be a multi-weight world winner. It’s just a fantasy come true. I want to build a legacy.
Undefeated 20-16 Olympian light heavy weight Joshua Buatsi (10-0, 8 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a straightforward third round knockout win over an overmatched Liam Conroy (16-4-1, 8 KOs) to acquire the vacant British light heavy weight title. Buatsi, 26, knocked Conroy down twice in the third round. The referee stopped the fight after the second knock down. Buatsi knocked Conroy down hard with the right to your mind. When he returned to his feet, he looked shaky, so the referee pulled the plug on the fight. The state time of the stoppage was at 1:53 of round 3.
From the very first knock down, Buatsi landed a massive right hand accompanied by a left hook that dropped Conroy.
Conroy landed several shots at the fight, but he had been too slow of hand, and his wide defense made it simple for Buatsi to land his own bigshots.
“I want to congratulate Conroy, he stepped up,” said Buatsi after the fight. “You get struck a bit, but have them back. Still quite a ways to proceed.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn plans on putting Buatsi on the undercard of IBF/WBA/WBO Heavy Weight winner Anthony Joshua’s next title defense against Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Hearn didn’t say who he intends on matching Buatsi up against, however it needs to be a step up from the 26-year-old Conroy, who was no contest tonight.
Overall, Buatsi looked great, however he doesn’t seem to be on the same amount as fighters at the world level such as Dmitry Bivol, Artur Beterbiev, Sergey Kovalev, Oleksander Gvozdyk, Marcus Browne and Badou Jack. At this time, Buatsi may probably come reversed against Callum Johnson. Buatsi looks a lot more like a super middle weight. He’d be wise to try and shed some weight, and proceed down to 168 to eventually test WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith, WBC winner Anthony Dirrell or IBF winner Caleb Plant.
Lawrence Okolie vs. Wade Camacho — RESULTS
British cruiserweight winner Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a fourth round knockout conquer Commonwealth winner Wade Camacho (21-8, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, England. The 20-16 Olympian Okolie, 26, dropped Camacho with a collection of hard shots from the fourth round. The seriously hurt 33-year-old Camacho got straight back again to his toes, but he took a massive right hands in Okolie that shook him up. The referee then stepped in and halted the fight. The state time of the stoppage was at 2:00 of around 4.
In one, both fighters started slowly. Camacho was connecting well with his jab. The lanky 6’5″ Okolie was hoping to contact bigshots, but overlooking wide of the mark. Near the close of the round, Okolie finally landed a nice left hook to the mind of Camacho. The shot appeared for Camacho’s attention.
“It was an excellent to shake it off after three to four rounds,” said Okolie following the fight. For 1 2 fights, I believe I’ve done very well. For me, staying at British degree is moot, I need to keep pushing and find my level.
With the win, Okolie is done all he can fighting at the domestic level. He’ll either proceed until the European or at the world level.
Okolie has the capability to combine it at the world level, however he’ll must choose his spot at which he wants to go after a title. The good news is that Gassiev is expected to move up to heavy weight. This ’ll evident him from the division. Oleksander Usyk is moving up to heavy weight as well, which will open up all the straps.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is talking of needing to put Okolie in with 39-year-old former WBA cruiserweight winner Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23 KOs). That may be too much of a movement up for Okolie, since the southpaw Lebedev remains fighting at a high grade.
“I believe he can beat Denis Lebedev now, but it’s just concerning the risk versus the benefit, and whether his team want to go for the bet,” Hearn stated.
It may be safer for Hearn to complement Okolie contrary to a world class degree cruiserweight by having him fight a two or three contenders until he places him in with Lebedev.
“I’ll definitely fight Lebedev,” Okolie said.
Okolie has some talent, but he wants to get some good experience before he confronts a number of the better fighters in the division.
Lewis Ritson vs. German Argentino Benitez — RESULTS
Light welterweight Lewis Ritson (18-1, 11 KOs) readily defeated German Argentino Benitez (21-4, 9 KOs) by way of a onesided 10 round unanimous decision to catch the vacant World Boxing Association inter continental Super Lightweight Title.
The judges watched it 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91. Boxing News 2-4 scored it for Ritson, 25, by way of a 98-92 score. It was a good BounceBack victory for Ritson, who’d lost his earlier fight to Francesco Patera by way of a 12 round split decision in an unsuccessful attempt to get the empty European Boxing Union light weight title. Former British lightweight winner Ritson didn’t have the relevant skills needed to him to deal with Patera’s aggressive style.
To night ’s fight was an easy one for Ritson, who had a difficult time beating a extremely determined but limited Benitez. Ritson’s insufficient punching power was painful. Heor rsquo;s going to need in order to produce more punching power when he plans on being a component from the 140 pound weight class. Ritson had good play his punches if he struggled at lightweight, but it’s going to become a different story at light-welterweight. He doesn’t look almost as successful within this weight category since he did at 135.
“I wasn’t very happy with the operation,” Ritson unmasked after the competition. “He turned into a slick customer, plus it had been probably 10 rounds I had, to be fair. We’re-learning things all the time, and we’ll be improved with each fight.
Hearn would like to maneuver Ritson fast by having him move following the winner of the Joe Hughes vs. Robbie Davies Jr. fight that occurs next Saturday night. Hughes holds the EBU light welterweight title. After failing to get the empty light weight EBU belt, then it may be a bridge too much to possess Ritson go after EBU 140 lb champion Joe Hughes.
Other boxing consequences on the card:
Jason Quigley TKO-2 Mathias Eklund
Sean McGoldrick pts 6 Sean Cairns