Boxing results: Hall vs Ward ends in technical draw, wins for Gavin, Dickinson, Saunders, Chambers

By Scott Christ

Stuart Hall and Martin Ward barely got started before they were done, but the undercard saw wins for Bradley Saunders, Frankie Gavin, Jon-Lewis Dickinson, and Eddie Chambers today in Newcastle.

Well, they got a round in. Stuart Hall retained his IBF bantamweight title on a technical draw today, as his fight with Martin Ward was stopped at 0:35 of round two due to a cut on Hall caused by a clash of heads in the opening round, meaning that the domestic world title showdown barely happened at all.

Hall (16-2-2, 7 KO) probably got the better of the opening round over Ward (18-2-1, 4 KO), for whatever that’s worth.

Undercard Results

Bradley Saunders TKO-3 Martin Prince

An impressive performance from Saunders (9-0, 7 KO), who took a bit of a step up in class here, but scored four knockdowns — two in the first, two in the third — to put away Prince (12-3-2, 1 KO) in dominant fashion. Saunders, 28, is probably ready for the better fighters at domestic level already, as he’s an advanced prospect and a very talented fighter who has blown away his competition thus far. He may take a bit more time, but by the end of the year, he could easily be a British or Commonwealth champion.

Frankie Gavin UD-12 Sacky Shikukutu

Gavin (19-0, 12 KO) was dropped in the second round, but mostly was able to clearly dictate the fight. Shikukutu (18-3-1, 12 KO) gave a decent accounting of himself, but was overmatched in the skills department, and though it was never easy, Gavin earned the win. The scores were 118-109, 118-109, and 117-110, which seem wide at first thought after watching the fight, but Shikukutu didn’t actually win rounds so much as stay in them, which is more than was expected by most of us.

Jon-Lewis Dickinson TKO-10 Neil Dawson

Dickinson (15-2, 4 KO) had his way for most of this fight, wearing out Dawson (12-3, 5 KO) and earning what was as much an exhaustion stoppage from referee Phil Edwards as much as a damage stoppage, which was fair enough. Dawson just wasn’t good enough to hang with Dickinson, who made his third defense of the Lonsdale belt and now gets to keep it.

Eddie Chambers TKO-6 Tomas Mrazek

This one was stopped very late in the final round. You could argue it should have gone to the final bell for Mrazek’s pride, but it doesn’t really matter either way, as Chambers (37-4, 19 KO) won handily in his return to heavyweight after an ill-fated one-fight stint at cruiserweight. Eddie, who turned 32 today, did what he should have done in this fight, and looked pretty good physically, getting his punches off and dominating the bout, shutting Mrazek’s left eye over the course of the six rounds. He’s now training under Peter Fury and was given a birthday cake by Tyson Fury after the fight. Mrazek, a pro opponent, falls to 9-46-6, stopped for the 15th time as a pro.

Source: Bad Left Hook


May 2014 issue of THE RING Magazine: On sale now

By Brian Harty

For Manny Pacquiao, it’s an opportunity to right a wrong and also remove any doubt that he remains an elite force. For Tim Bradley, it’s a chance to prove that his victory in their first fight was no fluke.

For the rest of us, the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch is a compelling matchup of two unusually good fighters on April 12 in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao lost their first meeting by a controversial decision; most of those who watched believed the Filipino hero was robbed. Since then, he was stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez but rebounded to dominate Brandon Rios.

Bradley went toe to toe with Ruslan Provodnikov and survived to win a decision before outpointing Marquez in perhaps his finest performance.

RING_MAY14_2-31.inddThe rematch has a number of storylines, which we present in a preview package featured in the May 2014 issue of THE RING Magazine.

In Indentity Crisis, Norm Frauenheim writes that we can’t be sure which Pacquiao will show up for what is expected to be a much sterner test than Rios, the dominating tour de force of the past or a faded facsimile.

Keith Idec writers in Futile Endeavor? that Bradley has failed to connect with fans on a large scale in spite of his considerable success. Editor Doug Fischer breaks down the fight as only he can in our head-to-head analysis.

And, in Debacle Revisited, we take a look back at the CompuBox statistics, official scoring and the cards of boxing experts and ask: How did Bradley end up winning a decision in the first fight?

Also in the May issue, Tim Smith writes in Tough Sell that Floyd Mayeather Jr. will be hard pressed against Marcos Maidana on May 3 to approach the success of his record-setting clash with Canelo Alvarez. …

Gordon Marino writes in R-E-S-P-E-C-T that one of the main things that makes boxing civilized is good sportsmanship, which we don’t always see in abundance. …

In Perfection, Ron Borges takes a look back at the remarkable career of Joe Calzaghe, who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June. …

In In Good Hands, Fischer writes about K2’s Tom Loeffler’s efforts to make Gennady Golovkin a star in the U.S.

In The Greatest Modern Lightweight?, we present the results of Thomas Hauser’s poll of 26 experts. Who is No. 1? Hint: He fought in a mind-boggling five decades.

And Frauenheim writes in The Natural that Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez might’ve been a successful pugilist had he not become a star baseball player.

In our monthly departments:

  • We caught up with Marvin Hagler for a special Best I Faced. Who did he say was the best overall fighter he ever faced? Well, it wasn’t Sugar Ray Leonard.

  • Hauser writes in Jabs and Straight Writes that Lennox Lewis has been admirable in and out of the ring.

  • In Advanced Degrees, we connect a legendary flyweight slugger with a heavyweight counterpart who fought several generations later.

  • David Greisman writes in Ready to Grumble that the Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute fight came too late in the careers of both boxers.

  • Luis Collazo capped his comeback by stopping Victor Ortiz to become our Fighter of the Month.

  • Gareth Davies writers in Letters from Europe that fans in the U.K. are buzzing over the Carl Froch-George Groves and Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora rematches.

  • The Best of Dougie’s Mailbag, taken from Fischer’s column on, is a new feature in the magazine.

  • Scott LaFee explains in Sweet Science what causes bruising.

  • In Women’s Boxing, Thomas Gerbasi asserts that Lucia Rijker deserves more credit as the greatest female boxer ever.

  • And, in our new Amateur Boxing column, Joseph Santoliquito suggests we get ready to welcome Cam F. Awesome.

The May 2014 issue of THE RING Magazine is on newsstands now. Or you can buy it – or subscribe to the magazine – by clicking here.

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