Billy Joe Saunders, Skeete, Butler Win at York Hall


York Hall, London - Billy Joe Saunders v Matthew Hall - The British & Commonwealth Middleweight Championships

This evening's main event sees fast-rising star Billy Joe Saunders defend his British and Commonwealth Middleweight titles against Matthew Hall in an exciting showdown of boxer versus puncher. Saunders with a strong start in the second, connecting a solid left on Hall's cheek. Hall retaliates with some body shots, but doen't affect Saunders. Saunders with a flurry of shots looks to put Hall at risk but he continues to battle on. Saunders draws blood from Hall's nose, but Hall seems unscathed and connects with a couple of well-aimed body shots. Hall gets pounded with a slick combination by Saunders and loses his gumshield in the process. Hall is fierce and catches Saunders with a few at the end of the 6th.

Both come out flying in the 7th - the most power and intensity that we've seen so far - good round! Saunders picks off Hall in the 9th with a good combination. There's a light failure in the middle of the round, but boxing continues unaffected. Round 10 - lights on. Hall is going to have to find something special to turn this around - Saunders winning comfortably on points at the moment it would seem. Four huge right hands from Saunders makes Hall's position dangers. Saunders throws everything at Hall's body, but Hall stays standing; Saunders looks exhausted, but it's been a big, big round for him. Final round to go, and Hall has to look for a knockout. And it's down to the judges...

Saunders wins by unanimous decision - 119-110, 120-108, 120-109

Fight 6)  Bradley Skeete v Peter McDonagh - The Southern Area Welterweight Championship
A rematch for these two - McDonagh is given the chance to become three-weight Southern Area Champion, whilst Skeete makes his first defence of the title. Skeete puts in some big hits, but McDonagh responds with some of his own. This is a good scrap and a competitive contest, but Skeete uses his extra height and reach to get behind the jab with some good footwork. Skeete getting sucked in close instead of using his jab - he needs to slow down and control the pace better. Skeete comes into the eigth better composed and connects with McDonagh's jaw with a left jab. Gets a bit messy with McDonagh being spoken to on a couple of occasions. The referee's had enough - McDonagh is docked a point in the 9th. A final battle in the 10th leaves the result down to the referee.

Skeete by points, 100-90

Fight 5)  Paul Butler v Anwar Al Fadi - 4x3 Minute Rounds Super-Flyweight Contest
Butler dominates in the first two rounds, but Al Fadi continues to throw punches back connecting on Butler's torso on a couple of occasions. However Butler's height and reach gives him a clear advantage as he connects with some solid jabs. Butler throws some solid combinations in the fourth. WOW. A crippling left hand from Butler at 2:46 floors Al Fadi; the paramedics rush into the ring to his aid. What. A. Punch!

Butler by TKO in 4

Fight 4)  Tom Baker v Jason Ball - 4x3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
Baker doing the better work, looking strong at the weight. Ball looking a bit vacant but still holding himself and trying to push forwards. Ball isn't throwing enough punches to score him points. The taller Baker makes use of his long reach with the jab to take the win.

Baker wins on points, 40-37

Fight 3)  Billy Morgan v Dan Carr - 6x2 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
Slight confusion at the beginning of the bout - fighting 6x2 Minute rounds instead of the 8x2 Minute Rounds announced. Morgan looks strong, pushing forward onto his opposition and unleashing some powerful jabs.

Morgan wins on points, 60-55

Fight 2)   Simon Vallily v Simeon Cover - 4x3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
Simon Vallily makes his pro debut at Cruiserweight
- ABA champion in 2009 and Commonwealth Games winner as an amateur. He could really make a big impression fast in a domestic division that is ready for the taking! Valilly looked strong, letting his hands go at every opportunity trying to force a stoppage. Cover by name, Cover by nature, with his hands up employing survival tactics throughout - manages to avoid being stopped.

Vallily wins on points, 40-36

Fight 1)  John Dignum v Kieron Gray - 4x3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest -
Dignum wins on points, 40-36

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 03-21-2013

Out of 7 bouts the only kayo was of a fella with a 1-33-4 record - & that was a tko. After a string of early knockouts Saunders has now gone the distance in 3 of his last 4 bouts…

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