Josh Warrington and Mauricio Lara’s rematch ended early after the second round after Lara sustained a horrific cut above his eye.
Maxi Hughes continued his incredible form as he defeated Jovanni Straffon to win the IBO world lightweight title on Saturday.
The fight was taking place on the Mauricio Lara vs. Josh Warrington 2 undercard at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, and was broadcast live on DAZN.
Hughes (24-5-2, 5 KOs) was in control straight from the very first bell, with Straffon (24-4-1, 17 KOs) unable to cope with the fantastic boxing skills of the Yorkshire man.
It looked like Hughes may have got the stoppage after a huge onslaught in round five, but Straffon was able to survive the round. It didn’t deter Hughes though, as he continued to win round after round, with the fight going the distance.
The judges scored it 120-107, 120-107 and 119-109, continuing the incredible momentum of Hughes, who has now won the WBC International, British and IBO lightweight title in his four fights since lockdown, being the better underdog in three of them.
Elsewhere on the undercard, Jack Bateson extended his unbeaten record as he picked up a six round points win over Felix Garcia.
Bateson (14-0, 3 KOs) recovered from a flash knockdown in round two to claim the win in front of his loyal Leeds supporters, with referee Mark Lyson scoring it 58-56 in Bateson’s favour.
“The Blonde Bomber” Ebanie Bridges won a hard-fought decision over French Bantamweight Champion Mailys Gangloff on Saturday in Leeds, England. Bridges, who was fighting just four weeks after her 3rd round stoppage over Bec Connolly, stepped in the ring sporting the Leeds colors of White, Blue, and Yellow to a wonderful ovation from the fans in attendance.
Coming forward behind a tight guard from the get-go, Bridges appeared to injure her right hand early in the bout and later endured swelling around her right eye – perhaps a remnant of her hard fought battle against Shannon Courtenay this past April. Bridges was forced to bite down and tough it out through eight rounds against a very fit and competitive opponent in Gangloff. Bridges ultimately prevailed, winning by a referee score of 77-76 to raise her record to 7-1.
Bridges’ hand was visibly swollen after the fight with X-rays revealing significant bruising in her hand. The injury will undoubtedly take some time to heal, but when she is back Bridges will be looking to step up into the type of fights that will excite her now global fanbase – likely including a rematch with WBA Bantamweight champion Courtenay.