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16 OCTOBER 2018

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Ryder,Joyce And Rodriguez Post Wins In London

Ryder on the cusp of world level?


John Ryder stunned Jamie Cox with a second round knockout in a Super Middleweight contest that many predicted as a 50-50 fight.


It was seen as a crossroad fight for both southpaws and they immediately went to work, meeting in the centre of the ring and exchanging shots. Ryder looked neater in the opening round and was picking right hands in close whilst Cox looked a little more erratic, throwing wild punches to head and body. A left uppercut snapped Cox’s head out of his guard and he was met with a right hook from Ryder that was more than enough to swing the first to the man dubbed "The Gorilla".


The finish came early in round two when Cox went on the attack, pushing Ryder toward the ropes, but then a cuffing right hand to the side/front of Cox’s head completely scrambled his equilibrium and took all his control from his legs. He staggered backwards in delayed fashion and collapsed to the deck, disorientated and bleary eyed, and looked in desperate trouble. He then got to a knee and nodded to his corner, as though insisting he was good to go, but missed the count of the referee and was rendered unable to continue.


At first it looked a bizarre finish, as though Cox just miscounted, but on reflection he was badly hurt from the punch and the referee made the correct call. Cox had absolutely no control of his legs or his senses and could have been badly hurt had he been allowed to continue.


Ryder (26-4 with 14 KO’s) is in the middle of a tremendous revival, following up his tremendous win over Patrick Nielsen with this victory, and will be in with a shout to contest for titles at 168lbs. The likes of Tyrone Zeuge for the WBA Regular Championship is a distinct possibility whilst there are plenty of other opportunities now available for the Islington fighter.


Rodriguez dominates Butler


Emmanuel Rodriguez could be the next Puerto Rican superstar as he outclassed Paul Butler to win the IBF Bantamweight Championship via unanimous decision.


Rodriguez was completely dominant and punch perfect as he displayed startling accuracy and hurtful power to take the IBF crown at 118lbs against the outgunned Ellsmere Port fighter, who missed weight by over 3lbs and couldn’t win the world title anyway.


Butler tried to start sharp with his movement and body punching, something he has been praised for in the past, but he chose to stand and trade with Rodriguez and found himself on the receiving end of a devastating left hook that dropped him heavy in the first round. Butler was hurt but he beat the count, only to be knocked down again after Rodriguez took advantage of his opponent’s unsteady legs.


Butler survived the horror first round but his usual movement and head movement were virtually non existent as he ate constant jabs from Rodriguez and a steady stream of thudding hooks around the guard.


The nose of Butler was busted badly in round three, pouring blood throughout the fight from there on out, and Rodriguez continued to pump his spiteful jab straight through the hands and into the face of his opponent. The visitor was looking comfortable now, happy that he was under no threat, and began to drop his hands as he stalked Butler around the ring.


Butler’s face was battered and bloody but he continued to survive and fight gamely, despite being badly overmatched. In the sixth round Rodriguez began to up the pace and a big right had Butler hurt once more, he was visibly shaken by the never ending pressure being applied, and it looked like only a matter of time before he closed the show.


By the end of the seventh round it was practically impossible to see a way back for Butler, he had lost every round to that point and suffered two knockdowns, but to his credit he was continuing to throw punches despite the pain being inflicted upon him. He’ll have his detractors about his dedication over the missed weight, and rightfully so, but his heart cannot be questioned


Rodriguez seemed to box within himself for the next couple of rounds, in fact it is hard to know if he ever got anywhere near his top gear, but even at that pace he was still superior in every department to the former Bantamweight world champion. Every now and again Rodriguez would put a combination together and punish Butler but seemed happy to coast, almost content with systematically breaking down his rival.


There will be those who say Butler should have been withdrawn by his corner, his face increasingly bruised, battered and bloody with no chance of turning the odds in his favour, but they allowed him to continue and he deserves respect for hanging in there with a fearsome star in the making.


It was one sided from beginning to end and it is unlikely Rodriguez displayed his entire arsenal in this, there is every chance there is a lot more to come and that is worrying for the rest of the Bantamweight division.


There are rumours of a World Boxing Super Series at this weight and with the likes of Tete, Inoue, Burnett, Nery, McDonnell and now Rodriguez you have all the makings of a classic tournament.


For Butler it’s difficult to see his next step, it will be a big rebuild needed for him to get back to this level. He was too big for Super Flyweight but looks too small in stature at Bantam despite struggling with his weight. It is hard to believe he could have any kind of impact in a division above this so time will tell what the future holds.


Scorecards read: 118-108, 120-106 x2


Joyce takes Commonwealth gold


It has taken Joe Joyce just four fights to become the Heavyweight Commonwealth Champion as he just bulldozed through Lenroy Thomas in two rounds at the O2 Arena.


Joyce, an Olympic silver medallist, has been fast tracked due to his amateur pedigree but is already showcasing that he is more than ready for the more elite level of fighters in the land of the giants. It wasn’t particularly pretty to watch but Joyce (now 4-0 with 4 KO’s) looked in destructive mood as he just walked through his Jamaican foe and made him look like an unthreatening journeyman.


Thomas came out swinging to the body and head, finding Joyce a fairly static target, but the Londoner could not be budged and seemed completely unfazed by anything that was on offer from the defending champion. Joyce was trying to wing in huge hooks from out of range but was missing wildly at times, despite just constantly bombing forward and bullying Thomas. A right hand to the floating rib dropped Thomas at the end of round one and he looked extremely worried and apprehensive to continue against such an imposing foe.


A left hook stunned Thomas in round two and Joyce put the pressure on with yet more thunderous, thudding punches that eventually dropped the champion to the seat of his pants. He did climb to his feet and tried to absorb everything that Joyce bombarded him with but eventually a left hook on the inside took everything from Thomas’ legs, leaving him unable to continue as he slumped to the deck.


Joyce’s punches are extremely heavy and hurtful, you can hear the impact with every blow, and he will be a threat to anybody in this division, especially if he can maintain the relentless and frenetic pace that he set in this bout. There will be questions about his defense and the fact that he looked cumbersome at times, something that could potentially be exposed against better fighters, but for right now he is dismantling everything put in front of him and he’s ready for bigger tests.


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