Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell swept through Scott Moises with an eighth round knockout in a lightweight attraction in his hometown of Hull, England, and extended his unbeaten run to five wins with four stoppages.
The swift punching southpaw decked Moises with an eye blink straight left in Round 2 and stayed in hot pursuit of his elusive foe throughout. The contest looked to be going the distance when a body shot in the seventh visibly winded Moises and the former amateur standout closed in the following session with a ferocious left uppercut to the solar plexus.
Campbell told Sky Sports, “Scott Moises was very tricky and tough, so full credit to him. His game plan was to frustrate me, but I caught up with him eventually and managed to get my shots off.”
The British star claimed ring center in Round 1, as his opponent circled him apprehensively. Campbell attempted to use the right hook to bring his man on to the straight left, but Moises movement and awareness kept the damage to a minimum in the opener.
The knockdown in Round 2 persuaded Moises to move faster, but it wasn’t fast enough. Campbell burst his opponent’s nose across his face with a solid left hand in the fourth, but was unable to locate the finisher as Moises smiled and continued with the track meet.
A body assault from Campbell was lacking and when he eventually targeted the ribcage there was an immediate reaction. The air was removed from Moises lungs in the penultimate round and a minutes rest period wasn’t long enough for him to recover.
It was the first time Moises had been stopped in his career.
The 26 year old Campbell recently spent some time in Scotland sparring with WBO lightweight titlist Ricky Burns, who is due to face unbeaten American Terence Crawford next Saturday. This reporter was lucky enough to witness some of the action and Burns’ mentioned afterwards that he was very impressed with Campbell’s talent and poise.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said, “This was just another part of the learning curve for Luke. Within 12 months he will be ready for anyone in the division.”
Campbell returns on a Matchroom Promotions show scheduled for April 19, which features Scott Quigg versus Nehomar Cermeno in the main event.
Former professional soccer player Curtis Woodhouse fulfilled a lifelong dream by capturing the British light welterweight title from Darren Hamilton by split decision amidst emotional scenes.
The official scores were 116-115, 116-114 for Woodhouse, while the third judge voted 116-112 for the champion.
It was an all action fight that could have gone either way and the entire twelve rounds were dripping with drama. Woodhouse had promised his father, who passed away five years ago, that he would win a Londsdale belt in his honor and the performance was that of a man possessed.
Woodhouse, who came in as a big underdog, confirmed during a post-fight interview with Sky Sports that he has now officially retired from the sport and if he remains true to his word then his final tally is 22-6 (13 knockouts).
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing