What a cracker of a weekend for the neutral boxing fan. So many positives to take from the action on both sides of the Atlantic. Old faces back on the scene and new prospects hunting down world titles. In cased you missed out, here is a round-up of the standout fights from Saturday night.
Main events from the USA
Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas ends as a draw
It’s never a dull moment when Adrien Broner takes to the ring. This outing was an upgrade on his last fight with Mikey Garcia but he couldn’t do enough to edge himself closer to winning ways. The bout ended as a draw as settled by the judges’ scorecards. Vargas stole the show early on by earning the first three rounds convincingly. Broner fought back towards the midway point of the fight to level the playing field, and by rounds 10-12 the pair were swinging punches for all it was worth.
Jermall Charlo defeats Hugo Centeno by KO/TKO
In the co-main event, Lions Only starlet Jermall Charlo silenced critics with a second round knockout against lofty journeyman, Hugo Centeno. Charlo’s swift victory cemented his much sought-after position as number one contender to face Gennady Golovkin later this year. It was a slick and clinical show from the former junior middleweight who after just one fight is looking at ease with his new weight class. This win takes him to 27-0-0 with 21 knockouts.
“I want that fight,” Charlo said. “The networks and the teams can figure out how to get the Triple G fight done. I have the best manager in the world. I’m 27-0 with 21 knockouts. Everybody sees it. What more can I say?”
Gevonta Davies defeats Jesis Cuellar by KO/TKO
Mayweather’s protege put on a brutal performance on the undercard of Broner and Vargas to put challenger Cuellar away within three rounds. It was business as usual for “two tanks” who wasted no time in unloading with heavy shots to the body. The onslaught was all too much for Cuellar to bear. The ref saw sense on calling the fight after Davies sent one too many blows to the ribcage.
“My team put me back in this position and I’m thankful for it. I’m humble and focused going forward,” said Davis, who trained with Cunningham and Broner. “I’m on the road to greatness. Great things are coming for me.
Main events from the UK
Amir Khan defeats Phil Lo Greco by KO/TKO
Whoever said the King was past his prime wasn’t banking on him taking as little as 40 seconds to prove he still has it. Khan looked in fine form in beating opponent Phil Lo Greco, which ended before the first round bell. The British boxing celebrity showed no signs of ring rust or confidence issues as he launched in with stylish and rapid combinations that Lo Greco failed to avoid. The Canadian promised the fans a knockout performance and he certainly delivered, even if it was at his expense.
Carl Frampton defeats Nonito Donaire on points
The Jackal is back at the height of his powers in the featherweight division. He went the full distance with Donaire in a gruelling fight in Northern Ireland. The home fighter dominating the entire bout and was too quick even for the man they call the Filipino Flash. His movement and striking range proved to be the difference and allowed him to coast towards the latter rounds. This wins props Frampton up as the interim WBO featherweight champion.
Conor Benn defeats Chris Truman by KO/TKO
It was another notch in the win column for the Destroyer who can’t put a foot wrong in Liverpool. Starring on the Amir Khan undercard, Conor Benn upped his record to 12-0 by dismantling Chris Truman inside six rounds. Benn was the superior boxer on the night and wrapped up the event with a forceful uppercut, leaving the ref to call for a stoppage. The Trumanator has now lost five fights in a row.
The Yo Tipster! Staff correctly predicted the outcome for five of these six fights. Our only error was tipping Vargas to beat Broner, which almost went our way but for the wisdom of the judges. Follow our boxing predictions for future main events scheduled this year.