Froch-Groves Early Results: McDonnell Wins WBA Gold

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By Sheldan Keay, Alexey Sukachev

Wembley Stadium, London - Jamie McDonnell won the vacant WBA world bantamweight title after stopping Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Doncaster boxer landed a picture perfect left hook to stop his opponent after 2:00 of round ten.

McDonnell claims the regular version of the belt, with Anselmo Moreno currently holding the WBA super world bantamweight title.

The victory makes McDonnell a two time world champion, after previously winning the IBF title before being stripped last year.

The IBF belt is now held by former McDonnell victim, Stuart Hall, and the newly crowned WBA champion would welcome another clash with the Darlington boxer.

“I’ll fight anybody, I’ve spoken to Stuart Hall and we both want the fight,” said McDonnell.

“I want unifications fights and there are many champions out there. Tonight was brilliant, he was tough and he kept coming. It means everything to me to win this title. My career is back on track now.”

McDonnell’s game plan against Na Rachawat was clear from the opening bell, boxing on the back foot throughout the fight.

McDonnell was able to use his height and reach advantage to his benefit, regularly picking his shots by moving in and out of range.

A cut above McDonnell’s left eye looked to cause a few brief problems as the fight progressed, but his corner were able to deal with the issue.

Na Rachawat earned a bit of success during the middle rounds, but McDonnell was able to make his opponent miss with a number of shots by circling away.

It looked as if the fight was heading for the scorecards, with McDonnell receiving a wide points decision, but out of nowhere the 28-year-old was able to land a beautiful left hook on Na Rachawat that sent him crashing to the canvas.

Na Rachawat was dazed after the blow, and while he was able to get back to his feet before the count of ten, referee Terry O’Connor waved off the bout to hand McDonnell the victory.

Anthony Joshua booked a date with former world title challenger Matt Skelton after stopping Matt Legg in the first round of their heavyweight bout at Wembley Stadium in London.

It took Joshua just 83 seconds to dispose of his opponent, setting up a planned clash with Skelton in Liverpool on July 12.

The victory sees Joshua extend his professional record to 6-0, with all six of those victories coming by knockout.

 Fans who pleaded for Joshua to face a step up in competition have now got their wish with the news that a Skelton fight is imminent, but the Olympic gold medalist believes he could still do with more experience.

"I haven't gone more than two rounds in a fight so I need that experience," he said.

"I've just come back from a slight injury and now it's back on on July 12. I'm happy with the win tonight, I knew he couldn't outwork me, and he decided to take a few to give a few, and I knew he couldn't do that for more than three rounds. I knew I'd eventually break him down and I managed to do that."

38-year-old Legg came out swinging from the opening bell, wildly missing with a number of shots.

Joshua didn't let his opponents ruthlessness affect him, calmly waiting for an opening before attempting to land.

After Legg missed with several more shots, Joshua began to throw a number of combinations, to both the head and body.

Legg continued to fire back, but as Joshua continued to land, a body shot followed by a vicious uppercut floored the Milton Keynes boxer.

Legg was unable to get back to his feet by the count of ten, handing Joshua the victory.

The defeat leaves Legg with a record of seven wins and three defeats from his ten contests.

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