Buckland outlasts Rees in thriller; Joshua scores another knockout


SAN DIEGO (FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014)–This past Saturday, Lee Selby won the European and retained the British Featherweight title with a 6th round stoppage over former world title challenger Rendall Munroe in a scheduled 12 round fight at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

The fight was shown LIVE in the United States on AWE

It was trouble for Munroe at the very end of round one when Selby rocked Munroe with a straight right hand. In round six, Selby landed a right hand that drove Munroe into the corner and kept Munroe in the corner for the better part of a minute and continued to land shots until a hard left hook spun Munroe’s face around and the fight was stopped at 1:31.

Selby, 125 1/2 lbs of Wales is now 18-1 with 7 knockouts. Munroe, 124 1/4 lbs is now 27-4-1.

2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner Anthony Joshua scored a 3rd round stoppage over Dorian Darch in a scheduled 6 round Heavyweight bout.

Joshua ripped Darch with a hard combination on the ropes at the end of the 1st frame. Joshua landed several hard shots in round two and then landed a ripping left hook that sent Darch into the ropes and the fight was stopped at 51 seconds of round 2.

Gary Buckland registered a 12 round split decision over former world champion Gavin Rees in a spirited battle that was an British lightweight elimination bout.

The action started off quick with Rees landing the to the body with the right hand. They stood in the “phone booth” for much of the fight with Rees continuing to work the body and Buckland countering with short uppercuts on the inside. In round five, Buckland started to up his activity level but in the next round, Rees got back to landing some thudding body shots as well as mixing rights to the head.

Buckland’s activity level picked it up again in round eight as he started to back Rees up on the ropes. As the rounds went on, Buckland’s activity rate was very consistent. Both guys continued to dig deep but Buckland probably got the 10th frame when he landed a right hand that drove Rees back to the ropes. Rees’ right eye started to shot from all the contact in this intense battle. Both guys wanted it in the 12th and this fight that could have gone either way. In the last last 30 seconds alone, Rees rocked Buckland with a hard right but Buckland came right back with furious combination.

Buckland, 134 3/4 lbs of Cardiff, Wales won by scores of 116-113 and 115-114 while Rees got a card 116-113.

Buckland is now 28-3. Rees, 135 lbs is now 37-4-1.

In a terrific back and forth battle, Dale Evans scored a 8 round decision win over Erick Ochieng in a Welterweight bout.

It was a slug fest with both guys being rocked throughout the bout.

Evans, 148 1/4 lbs won by a 77-76 tally in the referee’s scorecard and is now 8-1-1. Ochieng, 148 3/4 lbs is 14-3.

Boxing returns to AWE on Saturday March 1st with the much anticipated WBO Lightweight title bout between Ricky Burns and Terence Crawford LIVE from Glasgow, Scotland. The action begins at 3 pm eastern / 12 noon pacific

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