Chris Eubank retained his IBO title and entered the World Boxing Super Series with a unanimous points win over the former three-time, two-weight world champion Arthur Abraham.
Eubank produced a solid performance throughout parts of the fight and started connecting from the start with Abraham looking marked up straight from the offset.
Blood from the nose of Abraham was visible from the third round as Eubank’s arsenal had broken through the Armenian’s defence on various occasions, with the uppercut the highlight. Abraham looked to tighten up his defence from the early parts of the fight.
The fourth saw Abraham hit Eubank with a one-two in which Eubank smiled it off, mouthing ‘I like that’. Eubank carried on his high volume of punching against Abraham and caught the veteran with four uppercuts on the ropes, in which he shrugged his shoulders.
While looking tired at times, Abraham was not scared to trade with Eubank but the younger fighter attack on the body seemed to be catching up on Abraham.
The seventh saw a further assault by Eubank on Abraham with a noticeable right hitting Abraham, yet the Armenian showed his toughness and chin. Eubank then started to show his work in patches and this seemed to give Abraham some more time to breath.
The fight carried on with this pattern until the eleventh where Abraham connected with a hard left in which Eubank came back with a barrage of punches.
The IBO titleholder picked up the points decision with the judges scoring the fight 118-110 x 2 and 120-108. Eubank will be entered into the World Boxing Super Series where he will be facing Avni Yildirim. If he wins that, then he will face the winner of George Groves and Jamie Cox in an all British clash.
Lee Selby vs Jonathan Barros
IBF Featherweight champion Lee Selby defeated mandatory challenger Jonathan Barros with a comfortable unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 119-108, 117-110 x 2.
Selby came out of the block quick and forced the pace from the first round. He controlled the early part of the fight with his jab and looked to manage the distance.
The second round saw Selby further gain control against the game Argentinian which saw Barros being hit with body shots while forced the on the ropes. Selby continued with the fast tempo.
Selby picked it up again with a right and a left breaking through Barros’ defence. While controlling the fight from the offset, Selby seemed frustrated at getting hit with shots. Barros seemed to be a tough operator and was more than willing to trade with the fighter from Barry, Wales while remaining to keep the pressure on the IBF champion.
The frustration was evident as the fifth round saw Selby cut above his right eye which was caused by an accidental clash of heads.
Not overly affected with the cut, Selby continued prodding away with the experienced Barros applying pressure, ensuring the champion did not have enough room to show off his skillset.
Selby put down his opponent in the final round with a left hook but was not able to finish the tough South American fighter.
Selby, who endured a tough few days after the passing of his mother, went on to comfortably win the fight via unanimous decision.
Selby spoke to Behind the Gloves’ Oun Abbas Hussain and did indicate his desire to face Irishman Carl Frampton. Frampton fight on July 29 against Andres Gutierrez.
By Oun Abbas Hussain. You can follow him on Twitter on @Ouney86