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Quigg eases to victory, Campbell remains unbeaten

ESPN staff
November 23, 2013
Scott Quigg knocked out Diego Silva in the second round © PA Photos

Scott Quigg successfully defended his WBA super-bantamweight title at the first attempt with a crushing second round knockout of Diego Silva in Manchester.

Quigg was handed champion status before his October fight with Yoandris Salinas in London; that fight was judged a draw, meaning champion Quigg had not won a world title fight before his bout with Silva on the undercard of Carl Froch and George Groves.

However, Silva posed much less of a threat than Salinas and this contest was over after two rounds. Quigg enjoyed a comfortable start, landing two hard right hands on the Argentinian before ending the challenger's night at the Phones4u Arena with two crunching uppercuts.

Anthony Crolla did enough to continue his recent resurgence in the ring with a sixth round stoppage of Stephen Foster. Fighting in his hometown, Crolla was scheduled to contest for the British title against Martin Gethin before the champion withdrew with illness.

Crolla edged the first round but Foster responded in the second, landing several troubling body shots. However, the Mancunian rallied with the jab and continued to land more blows than his opponent. A vicious right hand in the fifth had Foster troubled and following more punishment in the sixth, the Lancastrian's camp wasted no time in pulling him out at the sound of the bell.

Olympic champion Luke Campbell made it four wins from four professional fights to date, defeating Welshman Chuck Jones on points. It is the first time in his pro career that Campbell was taken the distance, with his previous three victories coming via knockout. Fellow lightweight Scott Cardle also remains undefeated after seeing off Krzysztof Szot in their bout.

Andy Lee impressed during his middleweight bout with Ferenc Hafner, knocking the Hungarian down twice before the referee called an end to the clash in the second round. Hafner was floored in the first by a huge left and succumbed again in the second after more heavy shots from Lee, who enjoys his first win on English soil as a result.

Commonwealth champion Rocky Fielding produced a classy performance, albeit for one round, as he knocked out Luke Blackledge with a swift left hook in the opener of their super-middleweight bout.

Former IBF bantamweight titlist Jamie McDonnell saw off veteran Bernard Inom by seventh round stoppage, while Stephen Smith downed Sergio Manuel Medina with a crushing body shot to claim the WBC International silver super-featherweight belt.

Olympic champion Luke Campbell remains unbeaten after his fight with Chuck Jones © PA Photos

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