By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
Dillian Whyte stopped his south London rival Ian Lewison in the 10th round to claim the British heavyweight title.
The two Brixton natives got caught up in a war of words in the pre fight build up. It was more than just the Lonsdale belt on the line, there was the bragging rights.
Lewison started the fight well, loading on some heavyweight shots which had Whyte thinking.
However, Whyte proved to be too strong for the 35-year old Lewison. Who did start to look tired in the middle rounds.
It was in round seven that Whyte landed a right, left hand combination, causing some damage to the right eye of Lewison.
As the fight continued, 28-year old Whyte was clearly ahead as he was having loads of success with his solid jab. Round nine Lewison did land a couple of heavy shots to the head and body and all whyte could do was smile and stick his tongue out in response.
In the 10th Lewison’s nose started to pour more and more with blood as Whyte just couldn’t miss with his jab. After sustaining 10 rounds of punishment, Lewison’s corner waved the fight off handing the British heavyweight strap to Dillian Whyte, who will look to face another London rival in Derick Chisora.
Scott Cardle held on to his British lightweight title with a sixth round TKO over Grimsby’s Kevin Hooper.
Cardle proved to be too fast and too slick for Hooper. It was the Lancashire fighters accuracy and speed that was the winning factor in this contest.
The 27-year old – who is Scottish by blood – started the fight strong, landing a big left hook in the opening round which rocked Hooper.
The challenger did come back in the third round, however, Cardle remained composed and countered with some shots of his own.
Cardle picked up he pace in the fifth and hurt Hooper again with a right hand to the head and body.
The pace continued in the sixth with another right hand from Cardle rocked Hooper back, followed by a barrage of right hooks forced the referee to stop the fight.
Joe Ham continued his progression up the ranks with another victory over Elvis Guillen, improving to 9-0 with 5 KO’s. Ham’s former Scotland commonwealth games team mate Kieran Smith took just 18 seconds to stop Robert Asagba.
Edinburgh’s Lewis Pailin improved to 7-0 with another impressive points victory. While Glasgow’s Stewart Burt boxed well to beat Arturs Geikins to remain unbeaten.
Scott McCormack picked up a much needed win over Luke Fash and Glasgow native Ross Murray moved to 3-0 with his first stoppage victory.by