The two unbeaten fighters clash at the Echo Arena with more than just a Lonsdale belt on the line. This is a battle for bragging rights in a city with a proud boxing heritage.
The fight was less than two months after Claressa Shields dominated Christina Hammer in a one-sided decision to unify the four major women's middleweight titles on April The other woman to accomplish the feat is reigning undisputed women's welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus.
There have also been only four men to hold all four belts at the same time: cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who did it last year; junior welterweight Terence Crawford ; and middleweights Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins Taylor , 6 KOs , 32, made her seventh title defense in the toughest fight of her career.
The fight was a brawl from the outset. They landed many clean shots in a fight that rarely let up.
Persoon's left eye was marked by the third round, and she was cut over the left eye later in the fight but never stopped plowing ahead. They pounded each other with combinations, but Persoon knocked Taylor into the ropes in the eighth round with a right hand and forced her to hang on.
Taylor appeared to be slowing down in the later rounds and was in retreat at times, including when she was staggered in the 10th round, but she did enough on two scorecards to end the long reign of Persoon , 18 KOs , 34, of Belgium, who was making her 10th title defense since winning her belt in There's Amanda Serrano, and I think that fight should be next, but I am really happy to fight whoever.
That was the game plan, and we knew how to do it. I made it tougher than it needed to be, but I got it done.
It didn't look good for Algieri early when Coyle landed a powerful right hand to the chin that rocked him in the second round.
Coyle followed up with a series of punches that seemed to have him on the verge of going down before he got himself together.
In the fourth round, Algieri badly hurt Coyle with a left to the body that made him grimace in pain. He staggered backward toward the ropes, and Algieri landed two more to the body to drop Coyle. He beat the count, but even though he was clearly in pain, he mustered enough to slug it out with Algieri for the rest of the round.
The fight continued to be a slugfest, with both men showing the marks of the violence around their eyes. But when the eighth round was over, Coyle's corner stopped the fight.
They got with me some great overhand rights in the first few rounds. There was a lot of in-fighting. Tommy is a tough, young guy.
If you can come out of a fight with Tommy Coyle and not have some bruises and marks, well then, I tip my hat to you. But I went in there and got the stoppage I wanted to make a statement. One judge had Kelly winning , and the other two had it after a fight in which Robinson seemed to dominate, especially over the second half.
Kelly , 6 KOs , 25, of England, got off to a solid start, but Robinson came on throughout the bout. He opened a cut over Kelly's left eye in the seventh round and landed a lot of punches later in the fight. In the ninth round, Robinson , 12 KOs , 33, a southpaw from Philadelphia, sent Kelly's mouthpiece flying out and finished the round taking it to him.
Kelly snapped Robinson's head back with a right hand in the 10th round, but by the end of it, he was also cut over his right eye in what had been the toughest fight of his young career.
He won the 10th round on all three scorecards to achieve the draw. I thought I did," Robinson said. I feel like they brought a pup to a dog fight. On March 30, he seemed to be on the lucky side of a hometown draw against Egidijus Kavaliauskas. Buatsi , 9 KOs , 26, one of boxing's top prospects, dominated the fight.
He dropped Periban with a right hand in the fourth round.
Periban was able to continue but took a series of right hands before referee Tony Chiarantano stepped in with Periban getting blasted at 1 minute, 39 seconds. Periban , 16 KOs , 34, a former super middleweight world title challenger from Mexico, lost his second fight in a row.
I was too eager. I wanted to take my time. I thought I got a great win in my U. I hope Periban is OK.
He was slippery, but once I hurt him, I thought, 'It's time, it's time. Hopefully, in the future, there's going to be some big fights to come back here for. I am so glad to have experienced fighting in Madison Square Garden. I am humbled to be here. It was Jenkins' fifth loss in a row. Williams rocked him with a left hand and then dropped him with a flurry of punches.
Moments later, Williams nailed him with another series of punches that prompted referee Chiarantano to wave it off at 2 minutes 14 seconds. Junior middleweight Souleymane Cissokho , 6 KOs , 27, the Joshua-managed Olympic bronze medalist from France, rolled to a one-sided decision over Vladimir Hernandez , 6 KOs , 30, of Mexico, who took a ton of punches but hung in there until the final bell.
Cissokho got in a good workout, and the scores were , and