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Joshua vs Whyte results: Barroso stops Mitchell in five, Bellew wins European cruiserweight belt

Ismael Barroso stopped Kevin Mitchell and Tony Bellew outpointed Mateusz Masternak today in London.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Venezuela's Ismael Barroso came in an unknown quantity today in London, an undefeated fighter with a great KO percentage, and he proved his power and talent are the real deal with a fifth round stoppage of Kevin Mitchell at the O2 Arena.

Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KO) made Mitchell feel his power in the opening round with one good left hand, a jolting shot that Mitchell clearly felt. From there, the home favorite boxed pretty tentatively, save for a few reckless lunges, and had pretty minimal success on offense.

Barroso, 32, scored an official knockdown in the fourth round, a clipping shot that came as the feet of the two fighters became a bit entangled. But in the fifth, Barroso sent Mitchell (39-4, 29 KO) down hard, and there was no disputing that one. Though Mitchell got up and continued on, the 31-year-old veteran was on bad legs, and Barroso pounced for the finish. He unloaded a cluster of unanswered shots until beginning to go down again, at which point referee Howard John Foster stepped in for the stoppage.

Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KO) picked up the vacant European cruiserweight title with a decision win over Poland's Mateusz Masternak on scores of 115-113, 115-112, and 115-112. Masternak (36-4, 26 KO) was in trouble in the 12th and final round, but survived.

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