SAN DIEGO, December 12, 2015 – A busy day in boxing around the world provided a handful of upsets, but the main event at the O2 Arena in London wasn’t one of them.
Although Dillian Whyte (16-1-0, 13 KOs) scored with a few shots in on Anthony Joshua, Joshua outclassed and outlasted Whyte, scoring a seventh round knockout via a vicious upper cut to remain undefeated at 15-0 with a 100 percent knockout record.
The first few rounds were barnburners, fueled by the dislike both boxers have demonstrated for each other in the lead-up to the fight. Once things settled down, Joshua got down to business. Whyte showed he can take a punch, but he couldn’t take them all indefinitely. His legs were starting to give way before his chin finally did.
After the bout, Joshua laughed, “It turned into a street fight at the start… I made it tough on myself, but that’s what I need… I can’t take the top level, that’s why Dillian was a perfect fight at this stage. I’ll keep building and building and building… I just knew I had the strength to knock him out, that’s why I went for it…”
Joshua said he’s got to “keep in cool” with a long road ahead of him. Fans need to be patient and allow Joshua to develop his talents. He’s only 26 years old with only 32 professional rounds, the fewest of any heavyweight in the top 20. Compare this with Wladimir Klitschko who has 358 rounds. Even Joshua’s contemporary Joseph Parker of New Zealand has fought 59 professional rounds.
Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (21-1-0, 16 KOs) had little trouble with Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (22-1-0, 15 KOs). O’Sullivan took so much punishment from Eubank Jr. that his corner stopped the fight after the seventh round. Eubank Jr. now becomes the WBO mandatory challenger for Daniel Jacobs of the U.S. Jacobs would have little trouble with Eubank Jr., who leaves himself far too open in a similar way to Peter Quillin, who Jacob stopped in the first round last week.
British lightweight Kevin Mitchell (39-3-0, broke many UK fans’ hearts with a fifth round TKO loss to Ismael Barroso of Venezuela (19-0-2, 18 KOs). Mitchell was down twice in the fourth round before the third and final knockdown at 2:47 of the fifth. This was supposed to be Mitchell’s recovery after losing to Venezuelan Jorge Linares in May. Perhaps Linares will now fight his countryman Barroso. Another well regarded British lightweight, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (12-1, 10 KOs) suffered his first loss in a split decision to journeyman Yvan Mendy of France (33-4-1, 16 KOs). Campbell said he learned a lot; it should not hurt the rise of this popular young British boxer.
Early in the afternoon, American Paulie Malignaggi (34-7-0, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Italian Antonio Moscatiello (20-2-1, 14 KOs). Who? Malignaggi now holds the “EBU-European Union welterweight title,” which I’m sure is pretty. Malignaggi then took his place at the Sky Sports broadcast table ringside to call the rest of the card.
The less said about Roy Jones Junior’s (62-9-0, 45 KOs) horrible knockout loss in Moscow to Enzo Maccarinelli (41-7, 33 KOs) of Wales, the better. It’s noted here purely for the record. Jones Jr. took a fierce right hand and fell face first to the canvas, out cold at 1:59 of the fourth round. It is so ugly we aren’t posting it. You cam find it on YouTube. British heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told Jones via Twitter he needed to quit. Roy, please listen to Lennox.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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