Someone on Twitter said this afternoon that Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing were doing their best to make Sky Sports ban pay-per-view boxing for another two years due to today's card, and thus far, we aren't far off from that. None of the fights have been competitive as we head into the Carl Froch vs George Groves main event. Here's a quick rundown.
Scott Quigg TKO-2 Diego Oscar Silva
Eddie Hearn said this would make Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KO) feel like a real world champion. This was laughed off pretty quickly. Silva (29-3-4, 15 KO) was clearly not a world class level fighter before the fight, and that proved out, as Quigg ripped him with an uppercut that put the Argentinean down in the second round after a body shot set it up, and then the fight was over moments later on another right hand. Quigg, 25, is a very talented, very entertaining fighter, but his world title is as paper-thin as they come.
Andy Lee TKO-2 Ferenc Hafner
Hafner (21-5, 12 KO) is about the level of opponent Lee (31-2, 22 KO) has built his record on, a patsy who would be called a club fighter if he were American and had built his own record in the rings of West Virginia and/or Oklahoma. Lee wants into the mix with Darren Barker, Martin Murray, and Matthew Macklin, and well, he's a better option than some folks out there. But Lee is a fringe contender at best. He's been to the higher level and was mauled by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who isn't exactly Marvin Hagler.
Rocky Fielding KO-1 Luke Blackledge
Fielding (17-0, 10 KO) successfully defended the Commonwealth super middleweight title with this one. Blackledge falls to 14-2-2 (5 KO).
Anthony Crolla RTD-6 Stephen Foster
Foster (31-5-1, 18 KO) came in on short notice and was no match for Crolla (27-4-1, 10 KO), who completely dominated. What a night at the fights! Foster once briefly held the European title at 130, but that two years seems like forever ago. It was a good performance from Crolla, but it's fair to question how ready Foster really was for the fight.
Luke Campbell PTS-4 Chuck Jones
2012 gold medalist Campbell goes to 4-0 (3 KO) with this shutout decision win. Campbell fought just three weeks ago, too.
Jamie McDonnell TKO-7 Bernard Inom
This is what it's come to for McDonnell (22-2-1, 10 KO), who won and then was stripped of the IBF bantamweight title, and is now fighting deep on the Froch-Groves undercard. It's a shame, because McDonnell is a good, game fighter. Hopefully he gets himself back into the mix at 118 soon.