In progress: Charlie Edwards vs. Julio Cesar Martinez, 12 rounds, for Edwards’ WBC flyweight title
Last fight: Light heavyweight up-and-comer Joshua Buatsi, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist for Great Britain, had a goal against former MMA fighter Ryan Ford — to become the first boxer to stop him.
Buatsi (12-0, 10 KOs), 26, of England, achieved his goal in a dominating seventh-round knockout to retain his regional belt against Ford, who took many hard, clean punches before finally hitting the canvas.
Buatsi, the younger, fresher, stronger man, took a few clean shots of his own – his defense is a bit porous — but he showed a good chin against the experienced Ford (16-5, 11 KOs), 37, of Canada, who had faced notable opponents such as Avni Yildirim and Fedor Chudinov.
The fight looked like it would surely go the 10-round distance but then Buatsi closed the show out of nowhere in the seventh round. He landed multiple right hands to force Ford back and then nailed him with a debilitating right hand to the body followed by a right to the head that dropped Ford to all fours, where he took the full count from referee Bob Williams at 1 minute, 7 seconds.
Buatsi, who stopped battle-tested former world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban in the fourth round on June 1 in New York on the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua undercard, notched his seventh knockout in a row.
Cordina outpoints Gwynne
In an all-Welsh showdown, Joe Cordina, a 2016 Olympian for Great Britain, retained his British and Commonwealth lightweight titles by unanimous decision in a hard-fought scrap with Gavin Gwynne. The judges scored the fight 116-110, 116-110 and 116-111.
Cordina (10-0, 7 KOs), 27, who retained the Commonwealth title for the second time and the British title for the first time, took control from the outset. He found a home for his jab time and again and threw Gwynne (11-1, 1 KO), 29, off with his effective head and body movement.
The more aggressive and taller Gwynne, who was in his first scheduled 12-round fight, landed occasional right hands and tried to press the action but spent long stretches of the fight trying to figure out the cagier and quicker counter-punching Cordina, who went 12 rounds for the second time.
Referee John Latham was busy because both fighters engaged in dirty tactics. He took a point from Cordina for a low blow in the seventh round and a point from Gwynne for punching behind the head in the ninth round, in which he also landed perhaps his best punch of the fight — a clean right uppercut that rocked Cordina.
Cordina was in control but let his hands fly in the 12th round in an effort to score the knockout. He landed hard shots to the head and body but Gwynne continued to come forward as they closed out the fight exchanging punches.
Marshall wins easily
Super middleweight Savannah Marshall, Great Britain’s first female amateur world champion and a 2012 and 2016 Olympian, knocked out Daniele Basteri (2-1, 2 KOs), 29, of Brazil, at the bell, ending the fifth round of their scheduled eight-round fight.
Marshall (7-0, 5 KOs), 28, who made her pro debut on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard in August 2017 and is trained by Peter Fury (Tyson Fury’s uncle), dominated the fight.
She bloodied Basteri’s nose in the third round, rocked her with a hard straight right hand in the fourth round and then dropped her to one knee with a combination that was culminated by a stiff right hand late in the fifth round. Referee Bob Williams began to count but then waved off the fight just as the bell was ringing to end the round.
During her amateur career, Marshall handed undisputed women’s middleweight champion Claressa Shields the only loss of her storied amateur career in which she was 77-1 and won two Olympic gold medals. A pro rematch could be in the offing down the road.
Still to come:
Title fight: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell, 12 rounds, for Lomachenko’s WBO/WBA and vacant WBC lightweight title
Hughie Fury vs. Alexander Povetkin, 12 rounds, heavyweights
Dalton Smith vs. Darryl Pearce, 6 rounds, junior welterweights