Joshua stops Legg; McDonnell defeats Na Rachawat

By Boxing News - 05/31/2014 - Comments

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By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KO’s) stopped an over-matched 38-year-old Matt Legg (7-3, 3 KO’s) by a 1st round knockout tonight on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves card at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Joshua hit Legg with a hard right uppercut to put him down on the canvas for a knockout. Legg was unable to beat the count.

Joshua was tagged by two hard left hooks to head from Legg in the opening seconds of the round. The first left hook stiffened Joshua’s legs causing him toi backup to the ropes. Joishua then flurried on Legg with a bunch of arm punches, but they did nothing to stop him as Legg nailed Joshua with another left hook.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said that Joshua will be fighting Matt Skelton next on July 12th. “Matt Skelton on July 12th in Liverpool,” Hearn said.

I don’t know if Joshua has the defense to go far in the heavyweight division because there was no way he should have been hit so cleanly by this class of a fighter. Yeah, Joshua got the knockout, but he was really nailed hard by Legg and if he had continued to be hit like that, I think he would have been knocked out.

This was the kind of performance from Joshua that I figured he’d have. He’s very flat-footed, and because of his slow hand speed his bulky, over-muscled frame, he’s very easy to hit with head shots. It’s good that he was able to stop Legg in the 1st, but the fact that Joshua was hit very, very hard two times by Legg seems to suggest that Joshua is going to have problems when he steps it up several levels. This was a 3rd tier opponent that Joshua was in there with tonight, yet Joshua was getting hit hard and cleanly by Legg until he knocked him down.

Jamie McDonnell (24-2-1, 11 KO’s) became a 2-time bantamweight champion tonight in stopping #3 WBA Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (52-3, 34 KO’s) in the 10th round to capture the vacant WBA World bantamweight title. McDonnell caught Na Rachawat with a short left hook in the 10th round that dropped Na Rachawat to put him down on the canvas. The fight was then stopped as Na Rachawat was too hurt to get back up.

“I’ll fight anybody in the bantamweight division, and I’ll lick them,” McDonnell said after the fight.

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