Vasyl Lomachenko is overwhelmed
Kambosos Jr. Surprised Selby, Marshall and McCarthy win - the undercard in London
In addition to the heavyweight hit between Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora, other exciting pairings were on the program in London. While Lee Selby is the Australian George Kambosos jr. Had to be beaten on points, Savannah Marshall and Tommy McCarthy celebrated important victories.
In the co-main event, the former featherweight world champion Lee Selby (28 (9) -3-0) got the opportunity to recommend himself for another title chance. In the lightweight duel against the undefeated Australian George Kambosos jr. (19 (10) -0-0) the IBF determined the next mandatory challenger for champion Teofimo Lopez, who sensationally unbuttoned Vasyl Lomachenko's belt two weeks ago.
Kambosos Jr. had presented himself very confidently in the run-up to the fight. And Manny Pacquiao's sparring partner was also quite determined in the rope square. From the middle of the ring he tried to dictate what would happen from the start. In the first two rounds, however, he often needed too long to begin his actions. Selby circled well around Kambosos jr. around and was initially able to control the encounter with his fast, but not very powerful leading hand. From the third round, however, Kambosos jr. in command and knew how to please with a solid jab, effective avoidance movements and explosive hands at half distance. Nevertheless, he missed some activity at times in order to clearly decide the passages for himself. Selby continued to prepare attacks with his jab, but too often missed launching them.
From the seventh round, the 33-year-old Selby seemed to recognize the seriousness of the situation and increased his offensive efforts. He also used his right punch more often. A close fight developed in which both boxers had their moments. In the twelfth and final lap, Selby looked for forward gear again, but was repeatedly beaten by Kambosos jr. countered. However, neither of the two opponents managed a decisive goal.
Therefore, after twelve rounds, the judges had to decide on the outcome of the fight. While Phil Edwards scored 115: 114 for Selby, Yury Koptsev and Daniel van de Wiele Kambosos jr. with 118: 110 and 116: 112 in front. A great success for the 27-year-old, who can now look forward to a World Cup chance and the associated big payday against Teofimo Lopez.
In the only world championship fight of the evening, Savannah Marshall (9 (7) -0-0) and Hannah Rankin (9 (2) -5-0) dueled for the vacant WBO middleweight belt. The two British women were supposed to meet two weeks ago. However, a positive corona test by Marshall's trainer Peter Fury temporarily prevented the fight on the Ritson-Vasquez-Undercard.
At the catch-up date, Marshall showed an impressive performance. In her usual casual fighting posture, the former amateur world champion impressed from the start with elegant footwork and beautiful avoidance movements. As a result, she was able to effortlessly evade the too powerfully beaten hands of the significantly smaller Rankin. In addition, she was also extremely variable offensively and made for remarkable hits, especially with the right uppercut. From the fourth lap onwards, Marshall acted much more aggressively without losing track of things. Rankin seemed increasingly overwhelmed and had to take a lot of hard hands. In the seventh round, the Scot could no longer withstand the continuous fire of her opponent and went on her knees shortly before the end of the round. Although Rankin signaled readiness to fight, referee Phil Edwards broke off the one-sided duel.
With her dominant appearance, Savannah Marshall was not only able to win her first world title in the professional camp, but also made a clear statement in the direction of her long-term rival Claressa Shields. Rankin was also able to conquer this two years ago, but it required the full distance of ten laps.
Northern Irishman Tommy McCarthy (17 (8) -2-0) celebrated the greatest success of his career so far in London. Against the experienced Belgian Bilal Laggoune (25 (14) -2-2), a moderate performance was enough to secure the vacant EBU European Championship cruiserweight belt with a majority decision.
McCarthy found the encounter difficult and seemed too sedate in the early stages. Laggoune made only an insignificantly more dynamic impression, but convinced with a quick jab and secured the opening rounds. From the fourth round onwards, the 29-year-old McCarthy was able to make the fight more open without being able to particularly shine in boxing. As early as the middle of the twelfth round, both boxers revealed physical deficits, which made the encounter increasingly muddled. McCarthy landed the majority of hits in the second half of the fight, especially to the body of his opponent, and was thus able to secure most of the rounds. After Laggoune turned up again in the tenth and eleventh laps, McCarthy finally showed his boxing class in the final round and showed nice actions from reverse gear.
So after twelve rounds he was allowed to strap on the blue and gold belt of the European champion. In the subsequent interview, McCarthy called for a duel against WBSS winner Mairis Briedis. With his performance shown, he should not have recommended himself for such a big task.
Before that, Ramla Amli, starting for Somalia, made a successful professional debut. Against Eva Hubmayer (1 (1) -1-0) from Euskirchen, who jumped in at short notice, the decorated amateur boxer dominated all six rounds. However, she was denied an early victory against the brave Hubmayer. In the opening fight, the only 20-year-old talent Amy Timlin (4 (0) -0-1) had to cope with the first small setback of her young professional career. Against the physically robust Carly Skelly (3 (0) -0-1) it was only enough to draw after ten rounds.
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