By Allan McGoldrick (@AMCGUK)
British cruiserweight champion Matty Askin (23-3-1 15KO’s) cruised to victory in his second defence of the title against Scotland’s Stephen Simmons (18-3 8KO’s) on March 17th at York Hall on a Hayemaker Ringstar Promotions show.
The two cruiserweights reignited the ‘Auld Rivalry’ between England and Scotland on Ireland’s national holiday – St. Patrick’s Day.
It was to be the man from Blackpool’s night as from round one he looked the more assured fighter, using his jab to good effect with Simmons struggling to get close.
Round two was much of the same, this time Askin landing the cleaner punches and as the Scotsman was coming forward Askin produced a left hook to the body, which floored Simmons who couldn’t recover in time to beat referee Ian John-Lewis count.
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2016 Olympic super heavyweight silver medalist Joe Joyce (3-0, 3 KOs) scored his third knockout since his debut October 2017 with a 1st round knockout of 34-year-old American Donnie Palmer (9-2, 8 KOs).
Joyce dropped the 6’10” Palmer with a hard right hand to the head 38 seconds in to round one. Palmer struggled to get back up on to his feet, and the fight was promptly stopped by referee Jeff Hinds.
Talk of a meeting with Dereck Chisora continues to grow and Joe Joyce stated after the fight, his intention was to fight the former British and European champion, Chisora on the May 5th undercard of Bellew vs Haye at the O2 London.
Elsewhere on the card:
Wadi Camacho retained his Southern Area cruiserweight title with a ninth-round stoppage win against Danny Couzens in their rematch.by