Mitchell beats late sub and Purdy gets stopped

Mitchell wins at ExcelDagenham lightweight Kevin Mitchell moved another step closer to a third world title shot last night at the ExCeL when he stopped Karim El Ouazghari in 9 rounds. Mitchell on top from the off but with a tough late substitute opponent Mitchell made the most of the occaision and in the 9th indictaing that he had an injury to his right arm and with Mitchell going in for the kill, El Ouazghari corner threw in the towel and the ref waved it off at 2.07 of the round.

Mitchell told DAILY SPORT Boxing after the fight”I’ve never felt better and I’ve nowfallen in love with the game [boxing] again” adding”I’m back with my old trainer Tony Sims and he knows how to bring the best out of me, plus I have a great team around me in Matchroom” When asked when he thought he’d be ready fopr another crack at world honours Mitcheel said”1 or 2 more fights, I’m physically fit and ready as soon as the chance is handed to me.”

In the co-feature event of the evening Colchester’s Lee Purdy challenged Leonard Bundu for the European welterweight title. Purdy was just not good enough for the tough Italian who controlled the fight from the off and well behind on points and getting caught with big shots Purdy went down in the 12th and got up only to get stopped at 2.53 of the round. Purdy must now have a serious look at where his career goes and he might just be better suited to challenging at domestic level in the future.

Canning town Cruiserweight Wadi Camacho came back with a win to defeat John  Anthony in 3 rounds and declared that he’s back and 2014 will be his year.

Another cruiserweight Ben Ileyemi struggled against Danny Fleary and managed to scrape a draw against the Doncasterman.

Super-flyweight Kal Yafai looked sharp and tough as he cruised to a 4th round TKO victory over Ash Lane. Lane went down in the 4th and got up to get stopped, just before the knockdown Yafai had a point deducted for low blows by ref Marcus McDonnell.

Former Olympian middleweight Athony Ogogo beat tough journeymen Dan Balckwell on points over 6 rounds 60-53 with Ogogo saying after the fight Dan’s [Blackwell] is a tough kid and I’ve learned a lot from this fight.

Scouse super-middle Paul Smith made his Matchroom debut with a sluggish 6 round points win over Jamie Ambler winning the bout 60-54. Smith told media after the contest that this was just a tick over fight and I’m glad to be back in the ring.

Former IBF bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell beat Spain’s Abigail Medina over 8 rounds 78-75 the fight was a close one for me and good to see McDonnell active after recently  being stripped of his world title.

St.Helens’ middleweight Martin Murray got back into action in an 8 rounder with Sergey Khomitsky. Murray altho0ugh in control struggled and won the bout 77-75. Murray himself said after the fight “I was flat in there, it was a disappointing performance.” Murray’s promoter Ricky Hatton said I’ll be announcing a 4th world title bid for Martin [Murray] which will take place in February 2014 shortly.

Goodjohn shines on Matchroom debut In a highly entertaining contest Cambridge’s Tyler Goodjohn put on a career best performance on his Matchroom debut beating rough tough Danny Connor on points 98-93 in a 10 round eliminator for the English light-welterweight title. In a fight that had the massive support Goodjohn had bought with him raising the roof. In a real war of a fight the better work came from Goodjohn and that is taking nothing away from Connor who always comes to fight.

Floyd Moore took the Southern Area lightweight title stopping Ryan Taylor in just 4 rounds (1.04) if what has to be his most impressive performance to date and certainly means bigger fights and paydays ahead for the porpular Fareham lad.

Tony Owen lost his Southern Area light-welterweight title getting stopped in 4 rounds by his Carlshalton neighbour Ricky Boylan. Owen went to war with Boylan from the off which proved to be the wrong fight and he should have stuck to his boxing and things might have turned out different.

The last fight of the night saw Lightweight Martin J Ward in with tricky opponent Ben Wager. But with Ward getting the cleaner shots home throughout the contest and in the 6th and last round his persistence paid off and Wager went down and the fight was stopped. Another win by Ward.


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