20 October 2019 00:42
Savannah Marshall maintained her unbeaten run with a stoppage win. The Hartlepool super-middleweight, 28, is closing in on a world title shot. Marshall, who made her Matchroom debut earlier this summer at the O2 Arena in London, as part of the supporting cast to Luke Campbell's vacant WBC lightweight world title defeat against WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine champion Vasyl Lomachenko, got her sixth early finish as a pro at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle. The fight against America's Ashleigh Curry –– who slipped to 8-13-4 with one quick in defeat –– formed part of the undercard to Robbie Davies Jr.'s official WBA world super-lightweight title eliminator showdown against Lewis Ritson. And after taking out the Missouri native after the corner threw in the towel at 47 seconds of the third, exclusively live on Sky Sports and DAZN, 'The Silent Assassin' is targeting the big names.
"Tonight was about taking my time, she was a tricky opponent," said Marshall, who had been set to have an eliminator for the WBA title on this card. She showed her class in the fight, forcing Curry onto the ropes and unloading a barrage of shots from all angles. Eddie Hearn, Marshall's promoter, echoed her sentiments regarding her career progression. He said: "It's so hard in this division, the next step-up is for world championships. Meanwhile, Joe Laws once again entertained the masses of watching fans as he took out Ghana's Justice Addy.
'Lawzzy' who sold upwards of 1000 tickets for the fight, was on the front foot from the start but began to fade as the contest went on. Addy had slight spells of success, but it was the Benwell man who came out on top by a margin of 39 points to 37. And Lawrence Osueke and Ricky Summers battled to a split draw in a British light-heavyweight title eliminator. Summers, who has previous with the title having challenged Frank Buglioni for it back in July 2017, was in against the undefeated Osueke over 10 rounds of action. The three scoring judges had differing opinions in terms of the outcome, with 100-92 being awarded to Osueke, 96-95 being awarded to Summers and the third judge having it dead level at 95 apiece. By Richard Damerell Martin Bakole sealed a rare retirement from Kevin Johnson in Newcastle Martin Bakole broke Kevin Johnson's known resistance to stop the American veteran in Newcastle in the fifth round. The Scotland-based heavyweight was forced to cope with a late change of opponent. Johnson replaced the injured Gabriel Enguema, but Bakole exerted steady pressure through the opening bell to be only the third man to stop his 40-year-old opponent. Johnson had disturbed Daniel Dubois by a distance penalty last year and was content to be behind a defensive grenade when Bakole made a series of punches for early openings. But the former world title challenger showed signs of distress in the third round and turned away after a sustained attack from Bakole, who regularly landed his right hand in the fourth round. Bakole released a series of blows to stop Johnson Johnson's close guard would break loose in the fifth as Bakole jerked his head back with a series of punches to force the referee's intervention. On the same account, Lawrence Osueke was forced to agree on a draw with Ricky Summers after a clawing clash. Osueke received a 100-92 verdict from one of the judges, while Summers scored a 96-95 result in his favor and the third a 95-95 draw. Lawrence Osueke fought a tie with Ricky Summers Kieron Conway had surprised Konrad Stempkowski on the way to a big points victory in the early evening. Related Advertisement