|Stuart Hall wins Lonsdale belt outright
Stuart Hall won the bantamweight Lonsdale belt outright on Saturday night, stopping Liverpool challenger John Donnelly in round five, with a good performance, but expected result at the Rainton Meadows Arena in Sunderland.
It was a dominant and purpose like showing from the champion in the third defence of his British bantamweight title and didn’t allow Donnelly to get into the contest as he took charge from centre of the ring from the first bell.
It was Halls accurate right hand that had Donnelly troubled everytime it landed flush, which began to take effect from the end of the opener. Donnelly was game and did his best to take the fight to Hall, on his toes and trying to find a way to get inside the champion.
But Hall had different ideas and timing Donnelly’s attacks, he landed a smashing right uppercut on the scousers jaw in round four, that dropped him heavily. Donnelly jumped up proving his bravery was by far in question, it was just that Hall was the better fighter and never looked like being denied in front of his home fans.
Donnelly lasted out the round, but now the writing looked on the wall and in round five, Hall again found the range early and never let Donnelly off the hook when he did. The big right hands that had Donnelly troubled all night finally proved his fall and the challenger found himself on his backside again.
He rose from the knockdown proving his fighting spirit, but Hall pounced and another big right dropped Donnelly again and referee Phil Edwards jumped in to end the Liverpool mans challenge at 2:07 of the 5th.
The victory takes Halls record to 11-0,1, 7 KO’s and he can now put the Lonsdale belt in a case and on his wall as his own possesion to keep forever.
Hall 31, won the title against Ian Nappa in June last year and as stopped his last three challengers that have seen him hold onto the prestigious belt and against Donnelly shown a determination and purpose to his boxing and British boxing’s surprise package seems to be getting better in every fight.
“I just stuck to the game plan, stayed behind the jab, and I got him in the end,” Hall told Sky Sports.
“This is my world title – it’s just unbelievable that I’ve got this for the rest of my life. It’s such an achievement for Darlington and the north east.”
The champion also made no secret of who he wanted to fight next, calling out current European champion Jamie McDonnell.
“I think I’m ready for Jamie McDonnell now – if he wants a fight then let’s get it on,” he added. “He’s the man I want next.
“If he doesn’t fight me then he’s going to have to give up that belt, because I want it.”
On the Undercard
Karl Place kept his unbeaten record intact against George Watson, stopping the local fighter in round five with a good display of boxing by the Manchester prospect to take his record to 13 – 0, 8 KOs.
Place had to take a big left hook to the whiskers in the second round that staggered him backwards as he pulled away from the effect of the shot.
Place shown no ill effects and swiftly got back into his rhythm of hitting Watson hard to body and head, breaking down the durable Geordie to eventually stop him in the 5th after a sustained attack that had Watson sagging on the ropes as referee John Keane jumped in to stop the fight.
With bigger nights touted for the talented light-welterweight Mancunian, this was a good nights work for him and in patches shown why he is so highly rated by many observers of the game. His body work is very impressive breaks his opponents down well and in the style. Looks like we might be seeing a lot from the ‘Manchester Mexican’ aka ‘Bulb Head’
Josh Warrington the unbeaten Leeds fighter made it seven wins out of seven by outpointing Middlesbrough’s Chris Riley over six rounds.
Glenn Foot had an early night when he stooped Matt Doyle in the first round. Foot takes his record to 4-0, 3 KO’s.
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