Rigondeaux halts Dickens, Flanagan outpoints Fana

17/07/2016 07:37

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) retained his title with a second round stoppage win over James "Jazza" Dickens (22-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

The fight was halted at the end of the seconnd round due to Dickens suffering a broken jaw.

Rigondeaux edged an uneventful opener, landing the more cleaner blows but the most meaningful shot came in the second round.

The Cuban landed a devastating left hand to the jaw of Dickens, who to his credit, took it well and came back with a left hand of his own that was partially blocked on the gloves of Rigondeaux.

However at the end of the round, he was clearly in pain and was forced to retire.

"I'm not the best, but I'm the most complete," said Rigondeaux. "I ripped his jaw out. All those guys that want their jaws ripped out, I'm here.
"Not 100 of those guys add up to one of me. I want hard fights. People make it boring (against me) once they feel my power."

Also on the card, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (31-0 12 KOs) outpoinrted former world champion Mzonke Fana (38-10, 16 KOs).

Flanagan dominated the action throughout but was frustrated by Fana’s awkward style.

The Mancunian was landing hard shots to head and body from the start and floored Fana with a solid left hook in the fourth, before he suffered a cut under his right eye following a clash of heads.

The South African had the occasional success but it was not enough to stop the increasing tempo of the unbeaten champion.

Flanagan landed some heavy blows in the later rounds and dropped Fana again in the final round.

Fana did well to hear the final bell, but there was no questioning the scorecard as Flanagan successfully defended his belt for a third time, with all three judges scoring a unanimous 120-106.

British and Commonwealth champion Liam Williams (15-0-1, 10 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Gary Corcoran (15-1, 6 KOs) in the eleventh round to retain his belts.

Both had their moments but Williams' boxing skills and harder shots was the difference.

The Welshman dropped Corcoran with a right hook in the eleventh. The Londoner got up but he never recovered and after Williams followed up with a series of solid punches the referee called off the bout at 2:10 of the round.