By Alexey Sukachev
In a bloody battle, Commonwealth featherweight champion John Simpson (20-6, 8 KOs) of Greenock, Scotland, proved his superiority over determined challenger Paul Truscott (now 13-2, 1 KO) once again with a convincing tenth round stoppage moments ago at Eston Sports Academy in Middlesbrough, UK. The fight was a re-match of a heated contest, which took place this January and resulted in a controversial stoppage in Simpson’s favor, when Truscott had his right eye cut under by what seemed to be an accidental clash of heads.
This time the reigning champion left no room for the controversy though the outcome has been the same. After a slow beginning, the shorter Simpson started pressing the game opponent and delivering punches at his usual freaquent rate. The face of cut-prone Truscott soon turned into bloody mask with his blood streaming from the right eyebrow and the left eyelid. The brave challenger continued to fight through but he wasn’t strong enough to keep the onrushing champion at bay. In round eight, Truscott’s conditions turned worse, when he had his nose bleeding as well. In round nine, the champion was credited with a standing count and, finally, in round ten the fight was stopped though the local fighter was still fighting back.