Saunders outclasses Hall
Billy Joe Saunders retained his British and Commonwealth middleweight titles after beating brave Matthew Hall by a unanimous decision on Thursday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
The judges scored the fight 120-108, 120-109 and 119-110.
Saunders (17-0) proved too big and too good for Hall (25-7) dominating from start to finish. Credit should be given to Hall for going the full 12 rounds when it looked like the fight would be over very quickly.
The 23-year-old, who maintained his unbeaten record, attacked right from the start, looking sharp and using good hand speed to gain an early advantage. Hall needed to get himself into the fight, but was clearly being outdone by Saunders as he could not land clean punches.
Hall did land a crisp right hook in the second which sparked a spiteful response from Saunders when a left hand visibly dipped the challenger's legs.
Some showboating in the third was a sign of how well the Hertfordshire fighter had begun the encounter as he landed body shots to stop his opponent in his tracks. While Saunders nailed him with a right uppercut the following round along with more sustained body attacks, the gum shield of Hall fell out, giving him more time to recover after taking alot of punishment.
Hall had made the step up from light middleweight and did not appear to have the firepower to worry Saunders, but he still marched forward bravely, exchanging body shots.
Saunder stuck out his stiff jab as he boxed on the back foot for a few rounds, although the fight burst into life again in the 10th when body shots unravelled Hall's defences and he withstood a brutal barrage before the bell.
This sustained attack appeared to sap Saunders, who could not follow it up in the 11th, but a right hand from Hall prompted a final round flurry from the champion as he put the seal on a one-sided win.