Luke Campbell and others have picked up wins tonight in Philadelphia.
Lightweight contender Luke Campbell stayed busy tonight in Philadelphia, stopping Adrian Yung at 1:37 of the fifth round.
It was a solid display from Campbell (20-2, 15 KO), who surprised no one, really, by completely outclassing the overmatched opponent from Mexico, who signed up for the bout on very short notice.
Campbell was in clear control throughout, hurting Yung noticeably on a body shot in the third round, resulting in Yung (26-6-2, 20 KO) oddly bending over. Campbell thought Yung was taking a knee — and it appeared as though he was going to — but Yung did not. This was sort of repeated in the next round, when Campbell absolutely blew up Yung’s left eye with a right hook.
Upon impact, Yung staggered back to the ropes, bent over weirdly again, and Campbell backed off at first, as he had done the prior round. This time, Yung completed the process, touching his glove to the canvas and taking a count.
Yung was repeatedly drilled with clean shots in the fifth round, before the referee finally rightly stepped in to stop the mismatch. It’s the first time in his career that Yung has been stopped.
Campbell is the mandatory challenger for the WBC lightweight title, which is currently sort of in limbo, as it’s held by Mikey Garcia, who is moving up in weight tomorrow night to challenge Errol Spence Jr for the IBF welterweight title.
Campbell said he doesn’t care who he fights for the belt, be it Garcia or someone else with the vacant title at stake.
“At the end of the day, we’re all fighters, we’re all boxers. We’ll fight whoever is in front of us,” Campbell told DAZN’s Chris Mannix. “I don’t care who it is. I feel I have the ability to beat everyone in the division.”
Featherweight Raymond Ford made his pro debut with a four-round decision win over Weusi Johnson, taking all three cards, 39-36.
Ford (1-0, 0 KO) dropped Johnson (3-11, 0 KO) on a left hand about halfway into the first round, but Johnson was largely able to settle things down from there. He won the second round on all three cards.
Ford, 19, is obviously a pretty raw pro prospect, given he’s a teenager and this was his pro debut, but he won the 2018 National Golden Gloves at 123 pounds and he’s certainly worth keeping an eye on going forward.
Welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov remained unbeaten, going to 6-0 (3 KO) with a decision win over eight rounds against tough Mexican journeyman Silverio Ortiz (37-24, 18 KO).
The 28-year-old Yeleussinov, a two-time Olympian who won gold at Rio 2016, won every round here, but he didn’t win them all easily, either, with the 36-year-old Ortiz scoring more than Yeleussinov and his team probably would have liked.
Optimistically, this could be a terrific learning experience for the Kazakh prospect. Pessimistically, it could be a serious warning that he’s not going to live up to that gold medal as a pro. Time will tell on that.
In a battle of Philly lightweights, it was younger gun Avery Sparrow getting the majority decision nod over veteran Hank Lundy. Sparrow (10-1, 3 KO) won on scores of 95-93 and 96-92, with the third card even, 94-94. It was a spirited affair, with Lundy (29-8-1, 14 KO) dropped twice in the second round, which ultimately made the difference on the cards. At 35, Lundy is past his best days, but still fights with heart, and the 25-year-old Sparrow has scored the biggest win of his pro career with this victory.