Sunday, 13 July 2014

Results: Saturday July 12th-Joshua stops Skelton but leaves us with questions

Saturday was an incredibly busy day in the world of professional boxing though, surprisingly, it didn't feature much in the way of Heavyweight action.

The highest profile Heavyweight bout of the day took place in the UK as 2012 Olympic champion Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7) defeated the 47 year old Matt Skelton (28-9, 23) in the second round. This bout, on paper, looks like a good win but when you consider the age and recent form of Skelton, who had lost his previous 2 and was win-less in almost 2 years it really was a forgone conclusion and answered next to no questions that fans have about Joshua. Although Olympic champions do tend to get hyped there needs to be some worries that Joshua is just Audley Harrison Version 2.0 and fights like this do allow those doubts to linger.

Joshua wasn't the only unbeaten Heavyweight who scored an easy and quick victory as American Terrance Dumas (6-0, 5) did the same taking out Willie Kyles (2-9) inside a round. For Kyles this was a 9th stoppage loss and, as with Joshua, it was a clear knock over job. On the same card fans got to see another opening round blast out as Steven Moreno (6-1, 6) stopped Quincey Palmer (6-4, 6).

Another stoppage, again in the US, saw Chazz Witherspoon (31-3, 23) take out the limited Tyyab Beale (9-5-1, 3), though this bout lasted 8 rounds making it the second longest fight in Beale's 15 fight career.

In Hungary fans got two extremely low level fights. One of those saw Tamas Bajzath (10-11-1, 5) scoring a clear 6 round decision over Gabor Farkas (7-31-6, 3). The other bout was the more competitive contest though it was won by the debuting Zoltan Csala (1-0) defeated the very experienced Csaba Olah (5-82-3, 4) via a 4 round split decision.

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