By Karl Freitag
On Saturday at the Copper Box Arena in London, the stage was set for heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora to meet in a rematch this summer as both won showcase fights. In his post fight interview, however, Chisora stated that he first wants to go to Moscow to fight Alexander Povetkin before facing Fury.
Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-5-1, 14 KOs). Johnson did some good jabbing at times, but it was Chisora applying the pressure and landing most the heavy artillery. The highlight was when Chisora dropped Johnson with a right hand in round five. Scores were 118-109, 118-110, 118-109.
Unbeaten Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) scored an exciting fourth round TKO over Joey Abell (29-8, 28 KOs). The 6’9 Fury, who came in very heavy at 274, mainly jabbed from the outside early on. Abell connected with a straight left that had Fury holding on in round two. Fury dropped Abell with a punch on the break in round three. A right hand put down Abell officially moments later. Fury then floored Abell again at the bell. Abell staggered Fury in round four, but Fury then turned the tables and dropped Abell again. After Fury’s follow up barrage floored Abell for the fourth time, referee Jeff Hinds waved it off.
Unbeaten super middleweight Frank Buglioni (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Gaetano Nespro (21-10-1, 3 KOs). Buglioni stalked Nespro and dropped him in round four and twice in round five.
Heavyweight Hughie Fury (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Matt Greer (16-12, 13 KOs). The relentless Hughie knocked down Greer three times with a flurry of body shots in the second round before Greer’s corner threw in the towel. The time was 2:37.
Unbeaten welterweight Bradley Skeete (15-0, 4 KOs) won an uneventful twelve round unanimous decision over late sub Christopher Sebire (22-8, 8 KOs). Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 117-111. Skeete who becomes the new WBA Intercontinental beltholder.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Tom Stalker (7-0, 2 KOs) won a six round decision over Dan Carr (3-53, 2 KOs). The score was 60-53.
Welterweight Georgie Kean (3-0, 1 KO) outpointed Dee Mitchell (9-52-1, 2 KOs) over four. Mitchell is now 0-49-1 in his last 50 fights.