Campbell crushes Coyle in ten
2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (12-0, 10 KOs) stopped hometown rival Tommy Coyle (21-3, 12 KOs) in the 10th round of their WBC lightweight eliminator on Saturday night at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull.
After a cagey opening round, Campbell dropped his opponent with a brutal body shot in the second round. However, Coyle soon regrouped and continued to charge at his southpaw foe.
But it was Campbell's fast combinations that dominated the action.
Coyle never stopped coming forward and landing some punches of his own, but in his efforts he would march into more punishing shots.
Campbell remained in control throughout and he sent Coyle to the canvas three times in the 10th from more sustained assaults.
Coyle bravely got up each time but the referee soon waved off the bout to save him from further punishment at 1:41 of the round.
With the win, Campbell claimed the vacant WBC International lightweight belt and will now fight in a final eliminator for a shot at the WBC title.
Also on the card, former two-division world champion Ricky Burns halted Prince Ofotsu in the fifth round, after the Ghanaian's corner threw in the towel. The Scotsman has returned to the lightweight division following a points loss to Omar Figueroa at light welterweight in May.
Former light middleweight world title challenger Brian Rose (27-3-1, 8 KOs) outpointed American fighter Carson Jones (37-11-3, 27 KOs) by a unanimous decision of their rematch.
Jones rocked Rose and cut his nose early, but the Briton battled back to outwork the rugged veteran and avenged a controversial first round stoppage loss in their first fight in February.
Rose, who was stopped in seven by then WBO champion Demetrius Andrade last June, prevailed by scores of 119-111, 117-112 and 116-112.
British heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (14-0, 11 KOs) demolished Irineu Costa (17 5, 15 KOs) in the first round.
Whyte dropped he Brazilian twice before the referee stopped the fight. Whyte could face countryman Anthony Joshua later in the year.