Results from Copper Box Arena

By Cain Bradley on September 16, 2017
Results from Copper Box Arena
Saunders retained his WBO title with a unanimous decision victory over Willie Monroe. (PA)

On the evidence of this fight, Billy Joe Saunders is not ready for the top of this division and would lose handily to Canelo or GGG…

Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, England, Billy Joe Saunders (25-0) retained his WBO title with a unanimous decision victory over Willie Monroe (21-3). The two came to a stylistic stalemate. Both southpaws who are classy boxers with not much power who look to box. It meant that it was not the best bout to watch but rather an interesting game of chess. Billy Joe boxed behind his jab and probably edged a lot of close rounds. It was an interesting game plan from Monroe, trying to win the title with a relative lack of activity. Saunders also showed his grasp of dirty boxing and was very impressive; using the head, his elbows and punching on the break. After nine rounds, CompuBox suggested Monroe had thrown only four power punches. On the evidence of this fight, Saunders is not ready for the top of this division and would lose handily to Canelo or GGG.

Callum Smith (23-0) progressed to the semi final of the super middleweight World Boxing Super Series with a hard fought win over Erik Skoglund (26-1). The two huge super middleweights exchanged big punches throughout the fight but it was the straight right of Smith that dominated the action. The jab of Skoglund was also getting through at a high rate. Both men came up against the best opponent they had ever faced and both responded positively. It was an all action fight with both men trading shots. Callum’s power finally got through to Skoglund in the eleventh when he dropped him. Scores of 116-112, 117-110 and 117-111 rightfully saw Smith as the winner.

Martin Murray (36-4-1) was just too strong for Torosyan (18-4-1). He was stopped in the fourth round to a superb body shot. The man from St Helens just marched forward bullying his opponent. He looked a weight division than Torosyan and it was an easy nights work. Murray is looking for a world title shot at either middleweight or super middleweight but unfortunately he may lack the ability to step up to that level.

Daniel Dubois (5-0) won the Southern Area Title by stopping A.J Carter (8-4) in 48 seconds. He knocked down Carter twice and finished him with a terrific right hand which knocked Carter out cold. We did not learn much new about Dubois but it looks like he needs to step up to get a challenge.

Zak Chelli (3-0) extended his unbeaten streak when beating Adam Jones (6-24-5) on a points decision. Jones gave Chelli a tough night despite losing every round. Chelli leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion, hittable without the reflexes to drop his hands. He also slows down throughout rounds, telegraphing his huge swinging punches. He is only 19 though so there is definitely time for him to be the factor that his Dad insists he will be.

Baby faced Jake Pettitt (2-0) cruised his way to a decision win against Stefan Sashov (3-13). He displayed his pretty movement barely getting caught out of his southpaw stance.

Anthony Yarde (13-0) stopped Norbert Nemesapati (25-7) in three rounds to win the WBO Inter-Continental Title. I would have much rather seen Yarde fight Hosea Burton in an eliminator for the British light heavyweight title. Someone his own size would have been better, what is the point of seeing him bully a chubby super middleweight.

Archie Sharp (10-0) also preserved his unbeaten record against Imre Nagy (15-11). The Sharpshooter was accurate and finished Nagy in the second which left hooks against a cornered opponent. His long 5’9” frame will serve him well in the super featherweight as he looked absolute huge. He joins a long list of British prospects at the weight including Ryan Garner, Joe Cordina, George Jupp, Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock.

Lucien Reid (7-0) also showed some of his skills remaining unbeaten. Reid took a comfortable decision win over Jose Aguilar (16-38-4). His speed was frightening both in hand and feet. He was occasionally caught with his low hands costing him. The impressive amateur wants to move up fast and take on the British champion Thomas Patrick Ward, although I feel Ward has too much for him right now. The flashy Londoner was constantly moving and landed a lovely left hook more than once.

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