The fights are underway in Glasgow, and we'll update you with fight-by-fight recaps in this post as the undercard rolls along, headed toward the main event between WBO lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns and Terence Crawford. Stay tuned to this post, as new results and recaps will come in as the fights finish.
Anthony Joshua KO-1 Hector Alfredo Avila
Anthony Joshua improved to 5-0 (5 KO) by smashing Avila, who once went nine rounds with a disinterested Dereck Chisora. He got smacked in the ear, went down, and couldn't beat the count. Joshua had already hurt him to the body, too. The big fella looks to have a future.s
John Murray TKO-2 John Simpson
Simpson was very, very willing to get in there and fight, but he's a featherweight, and Murray's a lightweight, and this fight was an example of why we have weight classes. There are rules. We live in a society. Still, Murray (33-2, 20 KO) looked to have the same old John Murray mindset, straight ahead, 100 mph, and that's good for a fighter with his style. Simpson (25-11, 11 KO) jumped up from knockdowns to go right at Murray, but he was just undersized and couldn't take the shots to the body.
Scotty Cardle TKO-8 Paul Appleby
A game performance from Appleby, but at 26, he's looking pretty shot. He's a tough fighter still and he's got heart to spare, but the resistance is gone. Cardle (14-0, 3 KO) is no puncher, and he wore Appleby (19-6, 11 KO) out. It was a good-natured fight but not without its share of violence. The 24-year-old Cardle is moving into position for a potential domestic title shot at 135 in the near future.
Anthony Ogogo UD-6 Greg O'Neill
A decent, professional performance from 2012 Olympian Ogogo, who improves to 5-0 (2 KO). It's hard to imagine Ogogo's potential pro upside at this point, because he hasn't faced any challenges thus far, but obviously it's just five pro fights, all hyped a bit because the Great Britain team in 2012 was one to dream on. O'Neill came to do his job and did it, falling to 3-2 (1 KO). Referee's score was 60-54.
Still to come: Anthony Joshua returns against Hector Alfredo Avila.