In an important WBC light heavyweight eliminator, hometown favorite Tony Bellew (19-1-1, 12 KOs) and Isaac Chilemba (20-1-2, 9 KOs) fought to a draw over twelve rounds on Saturday night the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. It was a tactical fight. Bellew was the aggressor over the first half of the fight, while Chilemba showed some nifty defensive moves. Trainer Buddy McGirt gave Chilemba a tongue-lashing after round six, telling him to push Bellew back. Chilemba responded and came on over the second half of the fight. Scores were 116-115 Bellew, 116-112 Chilemba, and 114-114.
In a much anticipated rematch of the 2012 British Fight of the Year, lightweight Anthony Crolla (25-4-1, 9 KOs) and Derry Mathews (32-8-2, 17 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw in a bout for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title. Scores were 115-113 Mathews, 115-113 Crolla and 115-115 in a good action fight that featured many ebbs and flows. Looks like a Mathews-Crolla III is coming soon.
Unbeaten super middleweight Rocky Fielding (12-0, 6 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Wayne Reed (10-6, 5 KOs) to win the vacant English title. Impressive performance from “Rocky from Stocky,” who dropped Reed in round four and twice in round six. Time was 1:19.
Super bantamweight Jazza Dickens (14-0, 5 KOs) dropped previously unbeaten Jon Fernandes (10-1, 2 KOs) in round one, then cruised to a ten round 99-91, 99-91, 99-92 unanimous decision in a bout for the vacant English super bantamweight title
Unbeaten super bantamweight Kal Yafai (8-0, 6 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Michael Ramabeletsa (8-10, 4 KOs). Yafai suffered a bicep injury in round two, out still outclassed Ramabeletsa, dropping him in round six.
Unbeaten super middleweight Callum Smith (5-0, 2 KOs) outclassed overmatched Iain Jackson (3-12-1, 1 KO). Smith dropped Smith twice in round one and the bout was stopped during the break between rounds.
Lightweight Scotty Cardle (10-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Yves Mesny (4-4-1, 0 KOs) over four 40-37.