Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding built up some buzz, a matchup of Britain's top two domestic super middleweights, with the vacant Lonsdale belt on the line. But once the bell rang, it was one-way action, as Smith routed Fielding in just one round, scoring three knockdowns en route to his biggest career victory.
Smith (18-0, 13 KO) hurt Fielding (21-1 12 KO) almost right out of the gate with a long right hand, and followed that up with a quick flurry of offense that put Fielding down for the first time. Just as it seemed Rocky may have weathered the storm, he marched to center ring and got caught with a left hook on the top of the head, putting him on the canvas for a second time.
Not long after that, with just 15 seconds left in the round, the fight was over, as Fielding found himself trying to cover up on the ropes with Smith unloading and going for the finish. Dropped a third time, Fielding got to his feet but referee Phil Edwards had understandably seen enough.
It's a big time win for Smith, 25, who hopes to get into the world title picture in 2016.
Ricky Burns KO-11 Josh King
This wasn't exactly a thrilling fight, but Burns (39-5-1, 13 KO) did the job in front of him, laying in body shots until finally breaking Australia's King (20-4, 9 KO) in the 11th round. Burns, returning to lightweight, will now be back in the mix for a title shot at 135 pounds with the WBO, as he won a minor trinket of theirs with this victory. He looked solid physically, so losing the weight again didn't appear to bother him or hamper his performance in any way.
Scotty Cardle TKO-12 Sean Dodd
Dodd was reportedly up on the score cards at the time of this stoppage (1:58 of round 12), and the stoppage itself was a little controversial, most feeling it was premature. I've seen worse, so it didn't exactly register for me, and Dodd (10-2, 2 KO) didn't complain, because he's a real pro and a nice man, and I don't have a tantrum in me right now. I don't know, it's late in the year. The days are getting shorter. I just don't have the energy. There could (and should, really) be a rematch here, and that would be fine. Cardle (19-0, 6 KO) retained his British lightweight title with the win. I missed the first few rounds of this fight because I got in later than expected, but what I saw was a good scrap.