Skelton stuns Williams by decision

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Skelton stuns Williams by decision

British report

Matt Skelton W12 Danny Williams... Matt Skelton can now be called a modern day Cinderella story after the latecomer avenged the only loss of his career, beating heavyweight contender Danny Williams by unanimous decision in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday. Skelton turned pro at the late age of 35. Now 39 years old, he got the biggest win of his career, defeating Williams by scores of 117-112 (twice) and 115-114 to become at least a fringe contender if not a bona fide one. Known as a crude brawler, Skelton showed a surprisingly effective jab that made the difference in the fight. Williams did hurt Skelton in the eleventh, and Skelton spent the last round on his bicycle, keeping out of harm's way. The win upped his record to 20-1 and avenged a split decision loss from February. Williams, 36-5, had been on a nice stretch that included a failed title shot against Vitali Klitschko, but also wins over Skelton, Mike Tyson and Audley Harrison. source: BBC

Enzo Maccarinelli TKO9 Marcelo Dominguez... Enzo Maccarinelli knocked down veteran Marcelo Dominguez  to claim the interim WBO cruiserweight title in Cardiff, Wales. Its doubtful Dominguez deserved even an interim title shot, but Maccarinelli  accomplished something no other boxer, including WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev has done, which is stop Dominguez. Injured champion Johnny Nelson, 39 years old, must fight Maccarinelli next or risk being stripped of his crown. It would be a huge fight in the UK if promoter Frank Warren can pull it off. Dominguez falls to 40-7-1, while Maccarinelli is now a title-ready 24-1. source: BBC

Gary Lockett W12 Ryan Rhodes... On the same show, Gary Lockett, was dumped on the canvas by a Ryan Rhodes right hand in the tenth round, but held on to win a minor middleweight title by scores of 115-112, 114-112 and 117-111. Rhodes himself was down in the first round, but Lockett said afterwards the early knockdown threw him off his game plan by causing him to go hunting for a knockout of Rhodes. source: BBC