James DeGale, who is the mandatory challenger for the IBF super middleweight title, stopped Marco Antonio Periban in the third round. With this victory, DeGale sets himself up for a lucrative fight with IBF champion Carl Froch.
DeGale completely overwhelmed his opponent. After landing some great shots in the first two rounds, the former Olympic gold medalist knocked Periban into the ropes in the third. After landing another big left hook, the referee decided to stop the fight.
This performance from Degale is especially sensational because Periban has never been stopped before. The 30-year old Mexican took both Bika and J’Leon Love the full distance.
Periban saw his record fall to 20-3-1 with 13 KOs. DeGale improved his record to 20-1 with 14 KOs. His only loss was a controversial 12 round decision loss against Georgo Groves.
In the third fight of the night, Scott Quigg successfully defended his regular WBA super bantamweight title. After twelve grueling, lopsided rounds, the 26-year old champion scored a unanimous decision victory over Hidenori Otake. The judges at ringside scored the fight 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110. ThaBoxingVoice.com scored the fight 119-109 for Quigg.
Quigg boxed brilliantly throughout the fight, landing every punch in the book on his Japanese opponent. But Otake was tough as nails. He not only took every punch from the champion, he didn’t stop coming forward for one second.
Otake was stunned and cut after a terrific attack from Quigg, who cleanly landed a barrage of hooks on his opponent. But Otake quickly recovered and, while badly cut, made it to the final bell.
With this win, Quigg improves his record to 30-0-2 with 22 KOs. Eddie Hearn, Quigg’s promoter, told Sky Sports after the fight that the champion will be back in March next year. Preferably against IBF Super Bantamweight Champion Carl Frampton or Super WBA Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
In a big step up in class, Callum Smith has defeated durable Nikola Sjekloca with a twelve rounds unanimous decision. The official scores were 118-111, 120-108 and 118-110. ThaBoxingVoice.com scored the fight 118-110 for Smith.
After three competitive rounds, the 24-year old Liverpudlian hurt Sjekloca with a few beautiful body shots. Smith had his opponent in trouble throughout the fourth and fifth round, but wasn’t able to finish Sjekloca.
While Smith wasn’t able to hurt the 36-year old fighter from Montenegro again, he controlled the remaining of the fight with his jab and some great overhand rights. Sjekloca, who has never been stopped in his professional career, used very good head movement to stay away from further trouble.
With this lopsided victory, Smith improved his record to 15-0, 11 KOs. Smith, who was already ranked eighth by the WBC in the super middleweight division, is expected to fight for a final eliminator for the WBC title early next year.