In a pulsating thriller, former amateur rivals Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham battled to a draw in a contender for Fight of the Year. Both were promising beforehand that the fight would not go the distance, but the pair went at it for ten rounds at a relentless pace throwing punches non-stop for ten-rounds with Buglioni’s WBO European crown on the line. Buglioni tried to use his longer arms and sharper boxing skills to keep Markham at bay, but Markham’s constant pressure and close in work using the uppercuts and body shots were eye-catching.
Penge’s Bradley Skeete retained his WBO European title with a perfect boxing display to force Brunet Zamora to retire on his stool before coming out for the seventh round. Skeete’s jabs were fast and accurate and started reddening up Zamora’s face from the first round. With Zamora unable to get past Skeete’s long arms, Skeete picked apart Zamora until he dropped him in the fifth round from a big right hand. Bradley piled on the pressure in the sixth but couldn’t find the KO blow. However, Zamora’s corner had seen enough and the referee waved it off.
Harrow Weald ace continued his unbeaten run and claimed the Vacant WBO Intercontinental crown with a fifth round stoppage of Cristian Palma. Mitchell was frustrated with the tricky Chilean’s tactics, but got through in the fifth to drop Palma who claimed he was hit when he was down. With the win Mitchell should break into the WBO top ten rankings and adds the Intercontinental crown to his WBO European belt.
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