Matchroom Boxing ended the season on a positive note as all of their fighters ran out victorious at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.
All ten house fighters secured wins, including domestic cruiserweight stars Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly, while two of the four Smith brothers won in front of a passionate home crowd.
There were also wins for a trio of London Olympians.
Ready for the rematch
The show was dubbed “Collision Course” and the latest wins for Bellew and Cleverly ensure their paths will collide again in a rematch of their 2011 clash, which the Welshman won on points.
But it was the Liverpudlian who received top billing in his home town last night, coming through a successful clash against Brazilian puncher Julio Cesar Dos Santos.
Despite appearing outside of the Americas for just the second time, Dos Santos had recorded 23 knockouts in 26 wins against just two defeats. Bellew was rightly recognised as the large betting favourite but had to overcome some patchy moments during round four.
A stern word from trainer Dave Coldwell prompted a fifth round knockout. Both men exchanged left hooks but Dos Santos came off far worse, having his senses scrambled and unable to beat the count of referee Phil Edwards.
Clev follows suit
Earlier in the night, Cleverly stuck to his side of the deal by blasting out game but limited Alejandro Valori.
Body shots would be the downfall of the Argentine, who tasted the canvas in rounds two and four. A sickening left hook caught him in the kidney first time around and it looked as though he would sit out the count, though he eventually rose to continue.
A follow-up barrage from the Welshman eventually caught up with him in round four and referee Terry O’Connor decided enough was enough after the count.
Cleverly moves his ledger up to 28-1 but the scars of his beating at the hands of Sergey Kovalev are prevalent. His defence remains porous and Bellew's supposed increase in power since stepping up in weight could prove pivotal in their hotly-anticipated rematch.
After the Bellew bout, the pair exchanged words through the ropes which continued to the Sky interviews.
Skelton stopped in the second
In the co-main event, Olympic gold medallist Joshua smashed his way to a seventh consecutive knockout victory against ex-European and British heavyweight champion Matt Skelton.
Skelton hadn’t fought in over a year but generally took the younger man’s shots well in the opening round.
When it seemed like Joshua would finally collect some rounds in the professional ranks, the 47-year-old was staggered with a combination and then floored with a powerful right hand. He was allowed to briefly continue before the referee rightly called a halt after 2:33 of the second round.
Another hot prospect, Callum Smith, got invaluable experience with a wide ten round decision victory against Vladine Biosse.
There were also wins for Rocky Fielding, Luke Campbell, Anthony Ogogo and Stephen Smith.
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