Tonight Anthony Joshua has the chance to dethrone Charles Martin for the IBF World Heavyweight Title.
Stay with us for the undercard including;
Brian Rose vs Matthew Macklin, Jamie McDonnell, Lee Selby, George Groves and the main event itself!
As always, Read Boxing will have its reviews of tonight’s action tomorrow.
From everyone here at Read Boxing, good night and congratulations Anthony Joshua!!!
Great respect from both fighters embracing at the end.
ANTHONY JOSHUA IS YOUR NEW IBF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
AND ITS OVER
ALL INSIDE TWO ROUNDS
MARTIN LOOKED NERVOUS AND JOSHUA’S RIGHT HAND WAS ALL TOO POWERFUL
End of round 1
Joshua got a few right hands away, Martin looking nervous despite landing some left hand jabs.
Joshua comes out just on top in the first round.
And we’re off!!!!
Now time for the national anthems, God Save The Queen first
Charles Martin arrives with a crown on his head, will that heavyweight crown still be there at the end of the night
Boos ring out as the IBF world heavyweight champion, Charles Martin, is introduced to the O2
Anthony Joshua as the challenger is the first to appear with the O2 crowd chanting his name wearing a white robe like the boxers of old
Now over to Michael Buffer
Ring walks are imminent
George Groves very upbeat, saying “he will fight anyone”.
Clearly has a mission and that is to capture the world title he has always craved.
Brophy is down to the floor and Groves continues his march to a world title challenge
End of round 3
The last 30 seconds consisted of Groves breaking down Brophy’s guard and there should be a knock down within the next two rounds.
Brophy looking shaky and Groves is on top.
End of round 2
A quieter round, but Groves still dominant with his jab causing problems for Brophy, can only see this match going one way
The jab from Groves is causing problems for Brophy as there are already marks appearing above the right eye
End of round 1
Groves struck early with a right hand and Brophy is looking shaky already, onto round 2
Big right hand from Groves and Brophy is now up against the ropes and receiving a George Groves barrage
Round 1 is underway
The O2 crowd clearly behind George Groves
George Groves walks to the ring with a purpose as he continues his world title charge, round 1 is moments away
A proud father as Nigel Benn is immensely proud of his son Conor in his first professional bout.
Up next George Groves takes on David Brophy!!!
CONOR BENN HAS HIS FIRST WIN, BRINGING THE CONTEST TO A HALT, BATTERING BOYANOV AGAINST ROPES.
THIS IS GOING TO BE THE FIRST STEP OF WHAT COULD BE AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.
Opening minute is intense with both Benn and Boyanov throwing punches, this is shaping up to be a fast and intense fight
Round 1 is underway
Conor Benn has arrived in the ring to face Ivailo Boyanov, first round will be underway in a few moments
The next bout is a big one as Nigel Benn’s son, Conor Benn, makes his professional debut against Ivailo Boyanov
Hope you are enjoying our live blog so far for Martin vs Joshua at the O2 Arena.
There are still some cracking bouts left, Conor Benn, George Groves and the main event still to come.
I’ve been Will Bowden, Matt Astbury will have the rest for you!
DECISION: Unanimous decision for Selby, Hunter walks off before the decision! What an awful attitude he has!
Hunter still whinging about Marcus McDonnell who did warn him. Selby all smiles…
Selby should have this, decision imminent
END OF ROUND 12
Literally danced around the ring for the last 20 seconds and its all over
20 seconds to go, Selby showboats
Selby warned for punching behind the head
Everything slowing down, but Hunter brings two lefts out from nowhere
Selby with a little right to keep Hunter at bay
Hunter warned for leaning in with the head
One thing i have noticed in the fight, Selby has pushed Hunter back at the break to make sure he isn’t caught early/late
SELBY JUST NEEDS TO KEEP COVERED, HUNTER NEEDS A KO SURELY
ROUND 11 OVER
Nothing pretty in this round but Hunter is getting in close
Selby warned for pushing down by McDonnell
Selby using the jab and covering up for the counters
Round 10 OVER
Another showboat from Hunter doing the windmill (with his arm may i add) does he know he’s behind?
Hunter coming forward realising he’s done sweet nothing for a few rounds
We really don’t understand why he hasn’t kept the pressure on, the fight was his to take and he let Selby recover
Hunter keeps showing glimpses of amazing talent but then stops and lets Selby dominate
Hunter lands a right and Selby covers up
END OF ROUND 9
This is the second fight tonight where a fighter’s been warned a DQ is coming for low blows, i’ve never seen anything like it!
His corner is warned too
ANOTHER LOW BLOW BY HUNTER AND HE’S TOLD THE NEXT ONE WIL BE A DQ
Selby landing combinations and then dancing out of the way of any return
Hunter lands a left and Selby buckles, but he’s back to normal form for Selby
Hunters corner can’t control him, and they haven’t even been able to advise him he’s used it all arguing.
Round 8 OVER
Hunter gives the ref a mouthful on the bell and continues the argument with his corner
The knockdown is cancelled out
Hunter docked a point for a low shot, makes a huge deal of it and makes the Ref drag him round.
This has been a scrappy round but both men know they need the round!
Round 7 OVER
Hunter takes a HUGE right from Selby
Hunter arguing with the Ref
A switch from orthodox to southpaw then back again by Hunter
The Sky team think Selby is 3 up despite a knockdown
Selby down but its a slip
Round 6 OVER
Selby living on the edge, a Hunter counter whistles past his face
Selby definitely moving up in the gears, looking better and better
Selby with a solid left and out of range before Hunter could land a counter
The fighters trip each other up
Selby landed three or four hefty shots, Hunter took them and stayed in the corner
Selby with a crisp right but Hunter takes it and backs onto the ropes where he takes a couple more
Selby seemingly letting Hunter take the ring
Both men trading, nothing clean landed yet!
END OF ROUND 4
Hunter AGAIN turns his back on Marcus McDonnell after being told to protect himself
Selby shaken by a right counter AGAIN
He’s going through the gears here is Selby
Selby with a big right
Round 3 OVER
Selby lands two nice hooks, Hunter again turning his back after the ref orders a break
Selby is struggling here, Hunter goading and takes a big right
Hunter with a huge body shot
Hunter taunting Selby
Selby is in a fight here and he needs to up his game, Selby not out of first gear yet
REF STOPS TO TELL HUNTERS CORNER TO MOVE THE STOOL QUICKER
That was silly from Selby….doesn’t defend himself properly
That was a huge left
Round 2 OVER
HUNTER SHOWS THAT ABILITY
WHAT A COUNTER
Lot of whinging by Hunter and his corner
Hunter with a schoolboy error, referee breaks it up and he looks to his corner, Selby catches him with a beauty onto the ropes
Selby misses badly again after a bodyshot by Hunter
Hunter lands a nice left but Selby misses wildly with a comeback
Selby looks purposeful here
Both men come out firing
END OF ROUND 1
Selby very much the aggressor, which we expected
Two great lefts from Selby and Hunter with nothing back
Selby leading with the left jab, Hunter looking to counter with great body movement
Hunters movement proving difficult for Selby so far
Hunter already gets a telling off for turning his back on the ref as he gives his final instructions
ROUND 1 FOR THE IBF Featherweight Championship of the WOOOORLD
Both fighters are so talented so this should be a beauty! Hunter is a huge switch hitter but if Selby hits his rhythm and range…
Selby taller and with a better reach, has one less fight but his opponent had his first pro fight 3 years earlier
Selby rapping his way into the ring, looks so calm and ready! Say what you want but this guy is so so so so so classy in the ring!
The fighting pride of Barry up next
Lee Selby vs Eric Hunter
According to Eddie Hearn, Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell want each other soon. That would be a brilliant fight!
McDonnell offers everyone in the division out. Says he’s the best in the division!
That was a HUGE right from Jay Mac!
It is stopped. McDonnell gave Vargas a huge round there huge right hook, Vargas took a knee and that was all she wrote
This should be stopped
That body is taking beating from Jamie McDonnell’s gloves
Vargas is literally stood on the ropes with no movement, McDonnell doing what he wants
This is brilliant from McDonnell who’s picking Vargas off at ease.
McDonnell digging the body shots in, quick start to this round as McDonnell looks to take the steam out of Vargas
Round 8 Ends
McDonnell has him on the ropes but the round ends saving Vargas
This has been more of a hunt from McDonnell with Vargas, the prey, offering one or two options. McDonnell yet to get his ammunition out.
Round 7 ENDS
It didn’t do much to McDonnell but he’s clicked up a gear
OH WAIT VARGAS LANDS A RIGHT
Fighters starting to trade, and by trade we mean McDonnell is offering Vargas air for face…
Round 6 ENDS
I have McDonnell up by 6, but who doesn’t….
Vargas not phased by McDonnell’s crisp rights
Vargas being made to look silly here, missing badly
ROUND 6 STARTS
AJ IS IN THE BUILDING
Round 5 ENDS
Great uppercut from McDonnell, and Varagas is struggling in range.
Vargas caught again trying to fight back but McDonnell is dominating!
McDonnell lands two rights and a left
Its getting quicker….brief trade between the pair but Vargas starting to tire
Round 5 BEGINS
Round 4 END
McDonnell ends the round with a couple of good dodges
McDonnell backs Vargas up twice but only lands a few light shots, i have to say this one is very slow!
Vargas with a low one. Seems the O2 loves a good low shot tonight!
Still cagey here, Vargas with a little flurry but nothing lands
Round 3 ends
McDonnell has upped the pace here, and Vargas has responded well
End of round 1
Slow start but that’s to be expected when McDonnell fights, he likes to use the rounds.
McDonnell running the round with his huge reach advantage using the jab. Vargas cannot get close…
McDonnell vs Vargas
Round 1 BEGINS for the WBA Bantamweight Championship of the WOOOOORRRRRRLD
Here we go McDonnell makes his ring walk to Mr Brightside flanked by Dave Coldwell!
Jamie McDonnell up next looking to continue his incredible run of form after beating Tomoki Kameda in style over in the USA!
One half of #TeamMAC up next!
Strange decision, one a draw and two 4 rounds apart….Brian Rose cannot believe it
Decision – 113 -113 115-111 115 -111 Macklin WINS
This is a close one to call, if I had to pick a winner i’d go Rose, but this could definitely be a draw!
Round 12 ENDS
Could this be a draw?!
This is a war of a last round!
Macklin given time here by the Ref while Rose has him pinned, booed by the crowd
Macklin feels he needs a KO, Rose loses a point for persistent holding, both fighter deducted a point
Round 11 ENDS
Macklin has now been warned if he throws another Low Blow he’ll be DQ’d
I’d have given the last 3 to Rose, Macklin just loses a point! another low blow
He really should’ve been docked a point there!
Macklin gets a very last warning for a shocking low blow on Rose
Macklin looks tired and almost loses his footing with a wild swing, Rose slowly taking the fight away from Macklin.
Round 10 BEGINS
Round 9 ENDS
The round ends with a clinch, both fighters know this is so close and don’t want to make a mistake!
Macklin misses wildly with 20 seconds to go
Roles reversed here, Macklin trying to box a little more behind the jab, but Rose is countering so so well!
This is such a close fight, it could definitely go either way!
Rose was the pre fight favourite…
Macklin almost picks rose up and the referee has another word with the pair
ROUND 9 BEGINS
ROUND 8 END
Macklin stumbles and Rose trying to press him, Macklin looked hurt there!
Macklin looking to tee off here, and catches Rose with a right jab following a wild swing.
Rose looking to box from range, Macklin trying to turn this into a war!
Rose immediately backed up but switches nicely and Macklin is given a warning for the referee
Round 7 ENDS – Rose looked to win the seventh for us
Macklin looking at the body now, two crisp lefts, but Rose responds with a right. Rose getting a little more oppressive in the fight but Macklin goes straight back to the body.
The Sky team have the fight dead level, Macklin has definitely been more aggressive, but Rose has been very tidy in the exchanges.
After a few technical issues we’re back!
Rose vs Macklin
Macmillan very much the aggressor and Rose is cut on the nose with a little bit of damage around the eye. Rose throw a long right but the right eye is very bad.