This bout between lightweights saw the veteran Ricky “Rickster” Burns of Scotland take on Scott “Scotty” Cardle of Lancashire, UK. Ricky Burns is a former 3 division world champion, he went into the bout with 42 wins 7 losses 1 draw with 15 wins coming by knockout. Scott Cardle won the British lightweight title in 2015 and went into the bout with 23 wins 2 losses 1 draw with 7 wins coming by way of knockout. Burns established his dominance early leaving Cardle bleeding after the first round. The referee stopped the bout in the 3rd round after Burns scored a knockdown that Cardle could not recover.
Another bout between lightweights for a shot at a World title saw Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla of Lancashire take on Daud Yordan of Indonesia. Former WBA titleholder Anthony Crolla entered the bout with a record of 33 wins 6 losses 3 draws with 13 wins coming by way of knockout. Former IBO champion and current Asia-Pacific champion Daud Yordan entered the bout with a record of 38 wins 3 losses with 26 wins coming by knockout. This bout was closely contested and entertaining for those watching. All 3 judges scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Anthony Crolla.
In the main event Oleksandr Usyk defended his undisputed cruiserweight championship against Tony “Bomber” Bellew. The bout began at a fast pace with both fighters trading shots in closely contested rounds. In round 6 the course of the fight began to change with Usyk landing more shots and Bellew slowing down. The fight was stopped in the 8th round after Usyk scored a devastating knockdown. At the time of the stoppage 2 judges had Bellew in the lead.
Tony Bellew is a Hall of Fame fighter.
Oleksandr Usyk has potential to be a heavyweight champion.
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