Tony Bellew,28-2-1-(18), made a highly impressive first defence of his WBC cruiserweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on Saturday night when he spectacularly knocked out American BJ Flores in the third round.
Flores made a positive start in the opening round but as soon as the champion found his range and timing he decked Flores three times in round two before knocking him out after 2.11 of the third round.
As soon as the fight was over Bellew ran to ringside to goad and insult former heavyweight David Haye, who was cheering on his friend,Flores.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the fight a pumped up Bellew had this to say about his fellow Briton: “You see him? He’s been conning the British public since this pathetic comeback of his started. Listen to me right now. Let’s be totally honest. Them two guys you fought, they are working the nightclub doors or they’re putting the bins away. Them two guys you fought were a joke and you’re robbing everybody who pays to come in the arena.
Bellew added: ‘I smashed your buddy, your playmate, your playboy, your nightclub buddy and I will smash you the exact same way…Brother, I’m the biggest payday you’ve got right now so b*tch, we’d better do this soon!”
Haye replied by saying: His performance was first class. He went out there and beat a very good fighter…but he was taking some big shots in the process. His defense looked very leaky. Against me all it would take is one of those shots….if he wants to come up to heavyweight and the demand is there, I personally think it’s an easy night’s work. I think it’s a one or two round job. I’d probably knock him out with jabs to be honest.
On the undercard Bellew’s mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis, 21-0-(17) scored a routine third round stoppage win over Simon Vallily . Briedis decked Vallily with a body shot in round three before a follow up attack forced the stoppage.
In an all British clash WBC Silver/Commonwealth lightweight champ Luke Campbell scored a fourth round knockout win over former WBA interim lightweight champion Derry Mathews. Campbell decked Mathews at the end of round three before a couple of body shots finished him off in the fourth round.
British bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former Euro champ Ryan Farrag (16-3, 4 KOs). Scores were 118-111, 117-111, 118-110.
In a WBC International lightweight titlist Sean “Masher” Dodd retained his title with a 10 round split decision win over Francesco Patera. The scores were 96-94, 96-94 for Dodd and 96-95 Patera.
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October 15 2016