Joshua survives first test, Eubank earns title shot

Joshua Whyte

Anthony Joshua (15-0) survived a tough test against bitter rival Dillian Whyte (16-1) at The O2, in London.

The opening round seemed like business as usual for Joshua. He dominated throughout, hurting Whyte on more than one occasion.

The first round, however, ended dramatically. Joshua threw a number of punches after the bell. Whyte did not take kindly to the illegal punches and he retaliated. Jonathan Banks, Whyte’s trainer, dragged his man back to the corner as both camps momentarily invaded the ring.

In the second, Whyte caught Joshua and the Olympic gold medallist found himself in serious trouble. After being rocked, Joshua recovered but he became slightly robotic. He didn’t seem to like where the fight was going.

However, once Joshua got comfortable fighting in uncharted territory he lost his stiffness and was able to land with more skill and precision.

In the seventh, Joshua caught Whyte on the temple with a heavy shot sending him crashing to the canvas. It was clear that Whyte wouldn’t recover and the referee waved the fight off.

The co-main event saw Chris Eubank Jr and Gary O’Sullivan square off in an exciting contest.

There was plenty of showboating in the opening rounds and a host of blistering exchanges too. It was clear both fighters wanted to end the night early!

Eubank Jr could not be accused of starting slowly in this fight. Eubank came out all guns blazing and it worked well for him. O’Sullivan, however, was still able to land some bombs of his own, which both caught and hurt Eubank Jr on more than one occasion.

Eubank didn’t seem to slow down, even when reduced to breathing through his mouth and he continued to dominate the tough Irishman through the third round.

By the fifth O’Sullivan seemed hurt and looked out of gas. At one point O’Sullivan even gave a telling look to his corner.

Moving into the seventh, O’Sullivan hardly threw any punches and those that he did seemed to lack power.

So, it came as no surprise when O’Sullivan’s corner retired him at the end of the seventh round.

Hard hitting Ismael Barroso showcased his stopping power by dismissing Kevin Mitchell inside five rounds.

Barroso will now go on to fight newly crowned WBA champion Anthony Crolla who watched tonight’s action from ringside.

Tony Bellew claimed the vacant European cruiserweight title by winning a gritty battle against Mateusz Masternak. Bellew nearly had Masternak out at the end of the 12th round. However, the tough Pole held on and managed to see the bout through.

Bellew won via unanimous decision with scorecards of 115-112 (twice) and 115-113.

In perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening, a previously undefeated, Olympic gold medallist, Luke Campbell, lost to Frenchman Yvan Mendy via split decision.

Campbell looked out of sorts in the ring against Mendy but was man enough to give all credit to his opponent at the end of the fight.

The scorecards at the end of the fight were 115-112 and 115-113 for Mendy and 115-113 Campbell.

Dereck Chisora won his second fight in seven days with a third round stoppage over journeyman Jakov Gospic.

Early in the evening Paulie Malignaggi won a unanimous decision over Antonio Moscatiello to win the vacant EU welterweight title.

Moscatiello came forward throughout the fight but a superior Malignaggi outclassed him and won with scores of 120-109, 119-110 (twice).

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