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[Video] Rule Britannia Recap: Brook and Joshua Dominate, Linares Retains, Selby Wins World Title

UK fans were treated to a stacked "Rule Britannia" card headlined by Kell Brook defending his IBF welterweight title against Frankie Gavin. The 3-hour plus event featured the crowning of a new world champion, a bloody battle of attrition, and an outspoken veteran who took enough of a beating to announce his immediate retirement...

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UK fans were treated to a stacked “Rule Britannia” card headlined by Kell Brook defending his IBF welterweight title against Frankie Gavin. The 3-hour plus event featured the crowning of a new world champion, a bloody battle of attrition, and an outspoken veteran who took enough of a beating to announce his immediate retirement.

BROOK’S EASY NIGHT: Frankie Gavin could do little to bother Kell Brook, losing every round before being stopped in the sixth. The southpaw Gavin was highly defensive from the start, making Brook rely on patience to find the range with his right hands. As the rounds progressed, Gavin looked more discouraged once Brook started to trap him on the ropes and score with clean body shots. The most telling punch of the bout was Brook’s right uppercut — the shot produced the ending sequence in making Gavin backpedal to the ropes before capitulating to his knees from an assortment of power shots.

In his post-fight interview, Brook admitted he was tired of calling out Amir Khan, who won a decision on Friday and is seeking a megafight with Floyd Mayweather. Brook is rumored to be eyeing a fight against Brandon Rios.

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JOHNSON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER JOSHUA BLOWOUT: Heavyweight gate-keeper Kevin Johnson has confirmed his retirement after getting ran through in two rounds by Anthony Joshua. Johnson, who previously had never been stopped, has made a career in recent years in being a litmus test for UK heavyweights. Johnson found himself in trouble mid-way through the first via Joshua’s counter right hand. Johnson then suffered a knockdown in the waning seconds before being punched through the ropes via an errant late right uppercut after the bell.

Amazingly, Johnson was sent out for a second round and quickly surrendered on the ropes under a hail of Joshua power shots.

Joshua is expected to fight again as early as July 18. A bump up in competition should be expected at this point. If he must have another American veteran, Tony Thompon would be a good test.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Kevin Mitchell of England and Jorge Linares of Venezuela exchange blows during their WBC World Lightweight Championship bout at The O2 Arena on May 30, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Kevin Mitchell of England and Jorge Linares of Venezuela exchange blows during their WBC World Lightweight Championship bout at The O2 Arena on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

LINARES TKO10 KEVIN MITCHELL: Best fight of the night right. Jorge Linares bucked the narrative of him falling apart late in fights by coming off the floor to stop Kevin Mitchell in a bloody battle.

The early rounds were tactical with the edge going to Linares’ more technical work before he got dropped by a left hand in the fifth. By this point, the blood was flowing on both men (Linares from the scalp, Mitchell’s bleeding and swollen left eye). Rounds were traded with Linares taking the sixth and Mitchell taking the lead in the seventh. But by the eighth, Linares was taking over by focusing his offense on Mitchell’s left eye.

Linares’s strategy paid off in the 10th. He hurt Mitchell with a right hand and pounced with power shots. Mitchell stayed up long enough to give one last counter attack before being forced to the floor by more punches on his bulging hematoma.

The damage forced the referee to call the bout, but that did not stop the 02 Arena fans from giving Mitchell a huge ovation.

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LEE SELBY WINS FIRST WORLD TITLE: Lee Selby achieved a minor upset in outworking and outboxing rugged veteran Evgeny Gradovich to pick up the IBF featherweight title. Well aware of Gradovich’s pressure and inside-fighting tactics, Selby proved to be nimble off the backfoot and scored with a mix of hard jabs, hooks, straight rights, and uppercuts.

Gradovich started closing the distance by the fourth, but Selby remained in control by landing flush power shots. Accidental head butts opened a bad cut over Gradovich’s left eye, causing the ringside doctor to halt the contest mid-way through the eighth. Selby was the clear winner on the cards with a unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73 twice).

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NATHAN CLEVERLY KO1 TOMAS MAN: Boos rained down on Tomas Man for his 14-second effort against Cleverly. Man got pounced on and put to his knees with a vicious left hook downstairs. Cleverly is seeking to rebound from his loss to Tony Bellew by challenging WBA light-heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer later this year.

One comment

  1. I think Gavin is gonna be a huge waste of talent, Britain’s only World Amateur Champion, but hes never lived up to expectations… Questions about the way he lives his life out of the ring have been around for years, what weight he should fight at and also his self belief etc, but at 29 you have to think that its looking he will never hit the heights expected of him.

    I dont like the term ‘The Welsh Mayweather’ but Selby is definitely a talented fighter, and he has done it the hard way by working small hall shows and building his way up… Plus he enters the ring to Big L!!! haha I dont think he is ready for Loma or Walters at all, but I think he could deal with Mares possibly Gary Russell Jr…

    Joshua is twat, I hate his fake golden/good boy image Sky are pushing, but in the last two fights in a row now he has hit his opponent on the floor, I wouldn’t mind if he was doing it against opposition of the same level as him, but hitting defenceless fighters clearly out of their depth whilst they are down is bang out of order and dangerous when you weigh nearly 18stone… I would love to see Wilder, Fury or Dillion Whyte put him on his ass… But I dont think that is gonna happen…

    With regards to Mitchell/Linares what a fight, Mitchell’s eye was sickening… I really wanna see him win that world title, I was screaming at the TV when he had Linares down!!! I still think he has it in him, but hes surely gonna be out of action for a while with that eye…

    Also, Paullie Malignaggi did a great job with his pundity and comontating last night…

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