Newcastle - Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi continued his eye-catching professional career with a first-round stoppage of the seasoned Tony Averlant.(photos by Simon Stacpoole)
A succession of body shots dropped Averlant twice in the opening three minutes, and a left hook to the body also earned British heavyweight Dave Allen a first-round win over Samir Nebo.
In a bloody battle with Glenn Foot that went the distance, Robbie Davies Jr was crowned British super-lightweight champion by unanimous decision, also taking Foot's Commonwealth title.
Francesco Patera ruined Lewis Ritson’s world title ambitions with a split decision victory to become the new European champion.
Live on Sky Sports from the Metro Arena in Newcastle, Patera won with scores of 116-112 on two of the judges scorecards in his favour, with the third judge scoring the contest 116-112 in Ritson’s favour.
Despite looking like the contest would be one sided early on, Patera continued his good work in the seventh as he landed the more flashy combinations.
Swelling appeared on the left side on Ritson’s jaw and seemed to be causing him problems. Despite still be active with his work, the spite that Ritson usually carries in his shots seemed to have faded.
The fight unexpectedly entered the final round still in the balance, and Patera once again finished the stronger and did enough to take the title home with him
His team rightly celebrated whilst the home team looked despondent in the corner, telling the story of the fight.