In an IBF welterweight eliminator, #2 rated Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) scored a brutal third round annihilation of #3 Hector Saldivia (41-3, 32 KOs) on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook dropped Saldivia with an uppercut in round one, but didn’t aggressively follow up. Brook floored Saldivia again in round three and when he staggered after regaining his feet the bout was waved off by referee Howard Foster. Time was :28.
In a fight that was billed as an IBF bantamweight eliminator, #5 ranked Jamie McDonnell (20-2-1, 9 KOs) punished unrated late sub Darwin Zamora (21-7-1, 18 KOs). Zamora was deemed unable to continue at the beginning of round nine. McDonnell was originally slated to face #6 Vusi Malinga, who was forced to withdraw after a suffering an injury in sparring.
Super middleweight Kenny Anderson (18-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 41-year-old former world champion Robin “The Grim Reaper” Reid (42-8-1, 29 KOs) to claim the vacant British title. Reid was deducted a point in round five for low blows. He was later dropped by an uppercut in the same round and the bout was waved off by referee Ian John Lewis moments later.