All the winners from Saturday 21st April…
By Jon Sutton
AMIR KHAN V PHIL LO GRECO
Amir Khan was back to the form which won him so much attention in his early pro career last night, blasting Phil Lo Greco out of contention inside 40 seconds.
Strong words from Kell Brook, who stepped in the ring to confront Khan (under the eager invitation of Eddie Hearn, their mutual promoter) in the immediate aftermath of Amir’s brutal win, prompted Khan to remind Brook who the fans thought would reign victorious if the two meet… “AMIR” they called back in unison.
CARL FRAMPTON V NONITO DONAIRE
Carl Frampton survived an eleventh round scare at the hands and hooks of Nonito Donaire, to win a decision in front of his home fans in Belfast’s SSE Arena.
The fight, whilst always competitive and exciting, was pretty much Carl’s from the opening bell, despite incidents such as that mentioned above, where he got caught as he took his foot off the gas in an attempt to coast. Carl’s talent is clearly in his tenacity.
Having boxed beautifully (by his own admission) throughout however, Frampton showed promoter Frank Warren that he deserves a big night at Windsor Park this summer.
ADRIEN BRONER V JESSIE VARGAS
Adrien Broner showed the world, last night, that if he actually shows up to fight, rather than showboat, coast and hope for a lucky shot… he can still do the business.
But he left it later than he should have, allowing his sharp opponent, Jessie Vargas, to take the opening rounds with relative ease, doing just enough to balance out the points even after Broner turned on the power in the second half.
The result was a draw, a fair reflection on the action, but one which AB, predictably, disagreed with.
Both men agreed to setting up a rematch in a post fight interview which seemed to see both fighters put the bad blood of the build up far behind them.