Welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (21-0, 14 KOs), presently rated #5 by all 4 main sanctioning our bodies, lived as much as his nickname by annihilating Chris “The Warmth” van Heerden (28-3-1, 12 KOs) in lower than two rounds on Saturday evening on the AO Enviornment in Manchester, England. Benn damage southpaw van Heerden with a proper hand, then blasted him right down to the canvas to finish it at :59. Benn, the son of former world champion Nigel Benn, retained his WBA Continental title.
European cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith (15-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight spherical KO over former champion Tommy McCarthy (18-4, 9 KOs). Final yr Billam-Smith beat McCarthy by break up resolution. This time he left little doubt, laying out McCarthy with a barrage of punches. Time was 1:28. Billam-Smith is rated IBF #3, WBO #3, WBA #5, WBC #8.
Light-weight Campbell Hatton (7-0, 2 KOs), son of former champion Ricky Hatton, outpointed Ezequiel Gregores (3-10, 0 KOs) over six rounds. Scored 60-54.
WBC feminine tremendous featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten spherical unanimous resolution towards Edith Matthysse (17-12-1, 1 KOs), who didn’t make weight. Scores have been 100-90 3x.
“Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver” Jack Cullen (20-3-1, 9 KOs), now campaigning as a lightweight heavyweight, gained an 80-72 eight spherical shutout towards Vladimir Belujsky (12-3-1, 8 KOs).