Alen Babic continued his role as a human wrecking ball as he knocked down Eric Molina four times in two rounds at the O2 Arena, London.
Molina, a two-time world heavyweight title challenger, seems to have had all the fight punched out of him, and Babic dropped him seconds after the opening bell with a brutal right hook.
While he struggled to nail Molina with another solid shot for the rest of the round, things ended swiftly in the second. A right, which Molina complained landed around the back of the head, bowled him over at the start of the round and a left had him crumbling by the ropes after Molina put up some resistance
It was difficult to see what caused the final knockdown, as Molina seemed to go in for a clinch, miss, and fall over. Still referee Kieran McCann counted and then waved it off as Molina stumbled back to his feet at 1:30 of round two.
Craig Richards won his first fight since an unsuccessful challenge for Dmitry Bivol’s WBA light-heavyweight title as he stopped Poland’s Marek Matyja in the sixth round.
When Richards, the former British champion, used his jab, early on, he looked good, when he didn’t use it, more often than not, he was clocked by a right hand.
In the fourth round, Richards started to put his punches together and had Matyja swinging at air, but it was not until the sixth that the Polish boxer’s resistance crumbled.
A big right uppercut was the start of the finish, as it stiffened Matyja’s legs. Richards then poured everything into attack as Matyja desperately tried to cling on. Eventually, with Matyja tottering backwards, Richards landed a good left hook and a right hand, prompting referee John Latham to step in at 2:34.
The vacant WBA international title on the line.
Heavyweight hope Johnny Fisher looked like he had been responsible for most of the tickets sold (nearly 1,400 personally) for his fight with Spain’s Alvaro Terrero, whom he dropped three times on the way to a second-round stoppage.
Terrero stood and traded with Fisher, but that only went so far. Midway through the second round, a right to the top of the head dropped the Spaniard. He rose on unsteady legs but Fisher was let back on him and battered him back to the floor.
Referee Sean McAvoy allowed it to go on again as he was almost instantly sent back to the floor, McAvoy continuing to count despite the towel coming in from Terrero’s corner and celebrations going on in the other. The end came at 2:06.