Latest Boxing News – Hall Destroys Healy
By Nate Anderson: British light middleweight prospect Matthew Hall (20-1, 13 KOs) destroyed Ciaran Healy (8-9-1, 2 KOs) in the 3rd round of a scheduled eight-round bout on Friday night at the Everton Park Sports Centre, in Liverpool, Merseyside. Hall, also known as “El Torito” (Little Bull), put in a Mike Tyson-like performance, knocking Healy, 33, down three times before the bout was finally put to a halt by referee Phil Edwards at 1:56 of the 3rd round following the third knockdown of Healy.
Hall, 24, dropped Healy with brutal left hooks to the body in the 1st and 3rd rounds and looking a lot like Ricky Hatton as well in delivering the hard shots. Healy, who previously was stopped by a number of good fighters like Andy Lee, Anthony Small and Jamie Moore, was in serious trouble seconds into the first round when Hall went after him with a fierce body attack, banging him repeatedly with left hooks, hurting him and then knocking him down. Healy, however, got up and showed great courage in making it out of the round despite being pounded to the body and continuing to be hurt by Hall until the bell signaling the end of the round. In the second round, Healy came out fast, attacking Hall with right hands.
At one point, Hall went to land a body shot and got clipped with a big right hand from Healy, snapping Hall’s head back violently. Luckily for him Hall, Healy doesn’t have much power because if he did, Hall probably would have been stopped with that shot. Although Hall recovered well from the shot and continued to dominate the rest of the round, Healy exposed Hall’s lack of defense. Hall fought well for the remainder of the round, throwing a lot of body shots as usual, yet he continued to get plastered every once in awhile by right hands from Healy.
In the 3rd round, Hall came out bobbing & weaving, moving his head and fighting like a carbon copy of Tyson. After taking a few shots from Healy, Hall landed perfect let hook to the left kidney of Healy, sending him down to the canvas. He got up at the count of seven and continued fighting, though looking not well. Seconds later, Hall landed a right hook to the head, causing Healy to fall face first into the canvas. He got up, but referee Phil Edwards stopped the bout at 1:56 of the round.
Afterwards, Hall said that he wants to fight a rematch with Martin Conception, the fighter who knocked him out in the 1st round in July 2007, and after that he’d like to fight other top fighters in the division.