Andrea Scarpa TKO-6 John Wayne Hibbert
A mildly surprising result, if only because Hibbert was the home fighter, but Scarpa (20-2, 10 KO) pretty much shredded him, cutting Hibbert (17-4, 11 KO) in the second round and outboxing him rather handily. He dropped Hibbert in the fifth, and the referee stopped the fight on doctor’s advice in the next round. The win gives the 29-year-old Italian the WBC silver title at 140 pounds. How much that really means remains to be seen, but he’s officially in the WBC mix at any rate.
Dillian Whyte KO-6 Ivica Bacurin
Whyte (17-1, 14 KO) had no real trouble here, as you would expect, hammering Bacurin (25-10-1, 15 KO), a 34-year-old Croatian veteran whose record is quite deceiving, entirely made up of pure fluff, other than his losses to the decent fighters he’s faced. Whyte, whose only loss came to Anthony Joshua, could target the domestic or European titles going forward, though European champion Kubrat Pulev is a tall order at this stage.
Khalid Yafai TKO-1 Jozsef Ajtai
Yafai (19-0, 13 KO) was just staying busy here, as the super flyweight prospect dropped Ajtai (15-4, 10 KO) twice in the opening round and finished things at 1:42. If the name seems familiar, it’s probably because Ajtai just fought Zou Shiming on June 11 in New York, a miserable fight where he ran around the ring avoiding Zou as much as possible.
Anthony Ogogo RTD-1 Frane Radnic
Ogogo (10-0, 6 KO) won a bronze medal at London 2012, and signed with Golden Boy and all that, but his career has not taken off since turning pro in 2013. He dealt with a year-long injury layoff between July 2014 and July 2015, and then didn’t return to the ring until May of this year, but this was his second fight in a month, so that’s good. At 27, there’s a growing feeling he’s not necessarily a serious prospect, but he could change that.
Conor Benn KO-1 Lukas Radic
Benn (3-0, 2 KO) has fought in April, May, and June now, so he’s staying busy early. This was a big, heavy knockout, and it came because Benn actually took his time a bit more than we’ve seen before, when he’s been overaggressive to the point of pure recklessness. He was a bit more measured in this fight.
Ted Cheeseman TKO-5 Danny Little
Cheeseman stays undefeated, moving to 5-0 (4 KO) with another rather easy win against an opponent who is now 4-18-2 (0 KO). Cheeseman, 20, is a junior middleweight prospect who turned pro last September, so he’s still very early in his career, but so far he’s done what he’s supposed to do.
Felix Cash UD-4 Yailton Neves
Cash was in his pro debut here, Neves in his second. Neves is 0-2, Cash is 1-0. Cash started fast, scored a knockdown, but Neves pulled through and went the four round distance. Cash looked OK, it was a first pro fight, we'll see if he's a real prospect as he goes.