Boxing Results: Dereck Chisora Powers to Euro Title as Mathews Beats Woodhouse
A busy night of boxing in the UK saw Dereck Chisora fight for the European title, while Frankie Gavin put his British and Commonwealth titles on the line.
Former £1 million footballer Curtis Woodhouse took on Derry Mathews for the Commonwealth lightweight championship, while Billy Joe Saunders was also in action.
Over the following slides, we dig into the Saturday evening's main events.
Chisora Crushes Gerber to Take European Title
Dereck Chisora moved himself back into the world-title picture with a stoppage win over Edmund Gerber to take the European heavyweight title.
Chisora has had a number of shots at the top level, but he has looked far more focused in recent months and has lost masses of weight.
He looked sharp from the off against Gerber and won the first two rounds on the back of his jab.
Chisora went through the gears in the third and landed some excellent shots that rocked Gerber.
A big punch in the third opened up a cut above Gerber’s right eye, but to the Kazakhstan-born fighter’s credit, he remained on his feet and caught Chisora with a crunching straight right of his own in the fourth that sent his opponent running for cover.
Chisora shook off the punch and resumed his good work in the fifth. He backed Gerber into a corner and rained down shots on his opponent.
Gerber threw nothing back, and this prompted the referee to step in and wave off the fight.
Derry Mathews Knocks out Curtis Woodhouse
Derry Mathews took care of Curtis Woodhouse to defend his Commonwealth lightweight title.
There had been plenty of verbal sparring between the pair in the lead up to the contest, but in the fight itself, it was one-way traffic.
Mathews was sharper to the jab throughout, and the crisp shots took a toll on Woodhouse.
Mathews went through the gears, and in the fourth round, he found a stunning right hand that sapped all the life out of Woodhouse’s legs.
To Woodhouse’s credit, he beat the count, but was in no state to continue, and the referee waved off the fight.
Frankie Gavin Outclasses David Barnes
Frankie Gavin defended his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles with a unanimous points win over David Barnes.
Gavin is unbeaten in his 17-fight professional career, and it was a comprehensive victory, but it was far from a vintage display from the 27-year-old.
All three judges gave Gavin the win by a wide margin, but he did not impress in taking the scalp of Barnes.
Liam Smith a History Maker
Liam Smith made history by becoming the third of his family to hold a Lonsdale belt at the same time by beating Erick Ochieng to take the British light middleweight championship.
Smith’s brothers, Paul and Stephen, are also Lonsdale title holders at super middleweight and super featherweight, respectively, and Liam became the third, when outpointing Ochieng in front of his home crowd at the Liverpool Olympia.
Smith was the sharper to the punch throughout, and although Ochieng kept coming forward, he could never truly test Smith.
Saunders Makes His Mark with Win over Ryder
Billy Joe Saunders recorded a piece of boxing history with his unanimous points victory over John Ryder in their middleweight contest.
Saunders, 24, claimed the British Lonsdale belt with two margins of 115-113 and a 115-114 decision from the officials.
The victory means that Saunders has become the first traveller to hold the belt outright, while he also kept hold of his Commonwealth title with the win.
Ryder, who had never fought beyond eight rounds before, saw his unbeaten record ended with the defeat.
That lack of experience cost Ryder, who had impressed earlier in the bout, particularly with a sharp uppercut in the sixth round.
Saunders, though, regained his poise and asserted himself in the closing rounds to see off the challenge of Ryder.