Kell Brook got the better of Carson Jones once again in today's rematch in Hull, a card that saw 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell make a winning pro debut in the main event, as well as wins for Anthony Ogogo, Derry Mathews, and John Ryder, among others.
Brook (30-0, 20 KO) stopped Jones in the eighth round this time, 53 weeks after scraping past the gritty American to win a decision in their first encounter. It was a brave performance from Jones (35-10-3, 25 KO), but Brook was simply the better, stronger fighter this time around, putting a beating on the Oklahoman early and ultimately getting the stoppage win he was searching for from the opening bell.
Jones went down in the second round and took a beating in the third, but did manage to claw his way back a bit from early peril, and definitely left nothing in the ring. Brook will now get back to the welterweight division (this fight took place at a 151-pound catchweight) and will face a major name in November, according to Eddie Hearn.
Bantamweight Campbell made an impressive, crowd-pleasing pro debut, beating Andy Harris in just one minute, 28 seconds. The 2012 gold medal winner will be back in the ring on September 7, part of the Burns-Beltran card in Glasgow.
Fellow 2012 Olympian Anthony Ogogo improved to 3-0 (2 KO) with a solid win over scrappy Gary Boulden, stopping Boulden in the fifth round. Boulden drops to 7-10-2 (0 KO) with his sixth straight loss, but while he's certainly not a good fighter, he is a very valuable opponent for young fighters. He took Billy Joe Saunders the distance back in 2011, and has been a good test for several prospects since then.
Former British lightweight champ Derry Mathews (33-8-2, 18 KO) knocked out Tommy Coyle (15-2, 6 KO) in the 10th round to pick up the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title. Lee Selby improved to 16-1 (6 KO) with a decision win over Viorel Simion (16-1, 7 KO) on scores of 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113. Also winning off television were John Ryder, Rocky Fielding, and Curtis Woodhouse.