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Boxing Results: Echo Arena, Liverpool UK

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Boxing Results - Saturday 16 July - Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

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Lightweight - John Murray 31(18)-0(0)-0 Lost to Kevin Mitchell 31(23)-1(1)-0 –TKO 8 / 12 - Time: 1:36 - Vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title

Super featherweight - Ricky Burns def Nicky Cook by TKO 1 / 12 - Time: 1:33 - WBO super featherweight title (supervisor: Dennis Gilmartin)

Light heavyweight - Tony Bellew def Ovill McKenzie on UD 12 / 12 - Commonwealth (British Empire) light heavyweight title - Vacant BBBofC British light heavyweight title

Welterweight - Frankie Gavin def Curtis Woodhouse on SD 12 / 12 - WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title

John Murray vs Kevin Mitchell

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In a crowd pleasing battle former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) stopped the unbeaten reign of John Murray (31-1, 18 KOs), flooring Murray in the eighth round. Murray beat the count but Mitchell went back in and hammered away until the bout was stopped at 1.46.

Throughout out the bout, Mitchell (32-1, 24 KO) utilized a great left uppercut against the effective pressure applied by Murray. Till the sixth round it looked pretty even, although Murray’s eyes were swelling heavily and were probably impairing his vision. Then late in the seventh round, Mitchell hurt Murray badly, and Murray was saved by the bell.

With both eyes swollen and cut, Murray banged his gloves together and charged into Mitchell to start the eighth round, in an effort to get back into the game. Instead, he walked into some great shots from Mitchell, who floored Murray and then moments later finished him off after the referee gave Murray a final shot to come back into the fight.

This was a great comeback for Mitchell who has not fought in 14 months since his first pro loss to Michael Katsidis.

 

Ricky Burns vs Nicky Cook

WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) scored a first round TKO over former champ Nicky Cook (30-3, 16 KOs). Really a non-fight as Cook was down multiple times and apparently entered the ring with a back injury and was unfit to fight. Cook was taken from the ring on a stretcher. Time was 1:33. Rumors of match fixing were rife and bets were suspended in the UK on the fight. Cook was obviously not in a condition to get into the ring and one wonders how he got through his medical. A British Boxing Board of Control representative was on Sky Sports just after the fight, saying that it's "too early" to say there will be any inquiry into the fight.

 

Tony Bellew vs Ovill McKenzie

Tony Bellew came into today's rematch with Ovill McKenzie as the Commonwealth light heavyweight champion, and left with that belt and the British title, but overall he disappointed with a lackluster performance in a fight that the Liverpool crowd found boring.

Frankie Gavin vs Curtis Woodhouse

Gavin had a slow start and barely got past Curtis Woodhouse in a welterweight 12-round, marking the prospect's second straight shaky performance. Scores were 117-112 and 116-113 for Gavin and 115-114 for Woodhouse. Gavin is now 11-0 (8 KO), but his stock as a prospect is dropping like a rock right now. Woodhouse falls to 15-3 (10 KO).