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McDonnell vs Pozo: Live Results and Round-By-Round Coverage

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Jamie McDonnell defends his European bantamweight title against Ivan Pozo in Sheffield, live on Sky Sports.
Jamie McDonnell defends his European bantamweight title against Ivan Pozo in Sheffield, live on Sky Sports.

Today at 3 p.m. EST on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, European bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell defends against Spain's Ivan Pozo in what may be his final fight before trying to move into a world title shot.

First off, don't blame me for the banner -- I didn't spell it "Bozo."

McDonnell (18-2-1, 7 KO) has become one of the UK's standout fighters since 2010, when he upset Ian Napa in a close and debated decision in January of that year. But since that win, which left questions, he's gone on a bit of a tear. He took Napa's scheduled European title shot and stopped Jerome Arnould two months later on the road in France, and then rattled off a string of wins over Rodrigo Bracco, Stephane Jamoye, Nick Otieno, and Stuart Hall.

His opponent today is Ivan Pozo (32-6-1, 20 KO), a 32-year-old Spaniard who was second choice for this fight. Originally, McDonnell was supposed to face Malik Bouziane. This is actually the second time both have been scheduled to face McDonnell -- before the Jamoye fight in January 2011, McDonnell ran through a string of scheduled opponents, including both Bouziane and Pozo. Pozo pulled out with a blood infection that time.

Pozo has been stopped four times in his six losses and frankly should not be a major test for McDonnell today in Sheffield. He did hold the European flyweight championship from July 2005 until July 2006, but since 2008 he's fought just four times, giong 3-1 with no wins of note, and a TKO loss to a .500 fighter.

In the co-feature from Sheffield, heavyweight prospect Tom Dallas (15-1, 11 KO) looks to bounce back from a TKO-2 loss to David Price, facing 45-year-old Matt Skelton (25-6, 20 KO). Skelton was thought to be retired, and hasn't fought since a Prizefighter tournament in October 2010, which was won by Michael Sprott. Skelton did make it to the final, so I guess there's that.

Still, Dallas, 26, is untested and had a ton of trouble with journeyman Zack Page in his last win, back in May 2011, in a fight I thought Page clearly won. By all rights, the 6'6" Dallas should beat Skelton, but maybe Dallas just isn't very good. He's a clear league behind the likes of Price or Tyson Fury in the "tall British prospect" world.