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Yarde vs Reeves results: Anthony Yarde victorious in Royal Albert Hall main event

Two prospects picked up wins, while one British title stayed put and another changed hands.

Boxing at Royal Albert Hall Photo by James Chance/Getty Images

Light heavyweight prospect Anthony Yarde is still unbeaten, winning his Royal Albert Hall main event over Travis Reeves today via fifth round stoppage.

Yarde (18-0, 17 KO) had a game opponent in Reeves (17-4-2, 7 KO), but the 38-year-old American was no real danger to the British prospect, either. Reeves took a number of good shots and held his ground for a few rounds, but by the fourth we were clearly headed for a stoppage, and that came early in the fifth, with Yarde rocking Reeves badly. The referee stepped in to stop the fight at 0:48 of the fifth round, Reeves still on his feet but out of an increasingly one-sided fight.

Yarde is climbing the ranks at 175, and put in a solid performance in the victory today. The 27-year-old fighter definitely looks the part, but we’re still talking about a guy who really hasn’t faced truly serious competition yet. A potential fight with Sergey Kovalev is being talked about in the media and what have you, but Yarde is really miles from that level still — it’s not a knock on him, he’s just not been tested at even the B-level of boxing, let alone against the true top tier.

Still, he got the win, and that’s what will matter most for today.

British middleweight champion Liam Williams retained his title with ease, violently knocking out an overmatched Joe Mullender in the second round.

Williams (20-2-1, 15 KO) wasted no time in this one, coming right at Mullender (11-3, 5 KO) from the opening bell. Early in the second, he hurt and dropped Mullender, who was brave enough to get up. The referee let the fight continue, which he probably shouldn’t have, as Williams marched right over, landed a right hand, and Mullender was flat on his back. The fight was stopped at 1:09 of round two.

After the fight, Williams talked again about potentially moving back down to 154 pounds for a fight with WBO titleholder Jaime Munguia, which was the potential to be really entertaining if it happens.

Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois improved to 10-0 (9 KO) with a second round knockout of Romanian veteran Razvan Cojanu, who fell to 16-6 (9 KO) with his fourth straight loss.

Dubois, 21, felt things out in the first round, then opened up the arsenal in the second, battering Cojanu to the canvas with a flurry of punches. Cojanu tried to get up, but was counted at 2:48 of round two. There’s been talk of Dubois potentially facing Nathan Gorman (15-0, 11 KO) later this year.

Chris Jenkins won a hard-fought 12-round battle with Johnny Garton, taking the British welterweight title in an upset on scores of 116-112, 117-111, and 119-109. BLH had it 116-112 for Jenkins.

Jenkins (21-3-2, 8 KO) had fought twice for the British junior welterweight title in 2015, drawing with Tyrone Nurse and losing a rematch four months later. The 30-year-old Welsh fighter made good on the opportunity at 147, outboxing Garton (23-2-1, 10 KO) for large portions of the fight. Garton never gave up on things, and made a real fight of it, and the two closed with an exciting final round.

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