By Tony McLean @tony_mclean92
Josh Taylor successfully retained his Commonwealth Super-lightweight title at the Meadowbank sports arena in the heart of Edinburgh. Roared on by the hair raising home crowd Taylor stretches his unbeaten record to 9-0 (8 KO’s)
The durable Joubert, now (26-5-5) endured a barrage of thunderous left and right hooks throughout the first six rounds as the inevitable eventually came and after 1 minute and 27 seconds of the sixth round the fight was brought to a halt.
‘The Warrior’ defiantly lived up to his ring name as he showed incredible heart and resistance, but despite his valiant attempt to carry on he was simply out classed and out boxed in every aspect of the contest.
The Edinburgh native suffered from a bad cut mid way through the first round as both combatants unintentionally clashed heads. However this did not repress Taylor’s skill set as he showcased his lighting hand speed, movement, punch selection and footwork throughout the rest of the bout.
After fantastic work from cut man Jimmy Tibbs, Taylor’s eye did not seem to phase him as he opened the second round with a sharp left hook that shook his opponent to his heels. Joubert simply had no answer in the third and fourth as the Scot constantly had him on the back foot as he teed off to both the body and head.
The first four rounds seemed plenty enough time for Taylor to work out his opponents style and find holes in his defence as he was slipping and countering with immense speed and precision. By the end of the fifth round Taylor was peppering Joubert with every punch in the book although after landing another trademark left hook the South African was saved by the bell.
As the sixth round opened it was clear that the tough Joubert did not want to be in there and deep down seemed to know what was coming. Sent crushing to the canvas with another devastating left hook the South African tried to survive the referees 10 count. Despite his game attempt to carry on ref Victor Lochlan decided that he had seen enough and brought the contest to a holt – just as Joubert’s corner were about to throw in the towel.
The co-main event featured Edinburgh’s rising star Jason Easton who improved his record to 9-0 (5 KO’s) with a spectacular stoppage victory over the tough Zoltan Szabo.
From the opening bell the fight looked pretty evenly matched as both fighters landed evenly eye catching shots. Easton however looking the sharper of the two as the end came to the opening round.
As the second round began Easton fell onto the back foot and absorbed a fierce attack from the Hungarian. The 25-year old Easton took a step back, composed himself and started to pick his opponent off. After a devastating flurry of punches Easton sent his opponent to the canvas. Szabo made the count but was then met with another barrage of hooks and back hands forcing referee Kenny Pringle to stop the contest.
Another impressive win on the talent packed card came from Taylor’s friend and stable mate Conrad Cummings who claimed the WBO Middleweight European title against Austrian Gogi Krezevic. A win that will ease the bitterness of the first defeat in his professional career – a controversial decision against Ronny Mittag for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title last November.
The Northen Irish star was spectacular from the opening bell. Boxing well on the front foot Cummings and with just seconds left in the first round Cummings sent his opponent to the canvas with a crushing right hook to the body. By the second round Cummings seemed in no trouble what so ever and was more than comfortable picking Krezevic apart with big hooks and back hands.
Conrad then caught his opponent with a devastating left hook which sent him to the canvas ending the contest in extraordinary style.
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