Ringside Round-Up: ‘King’ Arthur back on winning trail
Super Six contender Arthur Abraham returned to winning ways on Saturday night, stopping Argentinean Pablo Farias after five rounds in Offenburg, Germany.
Having started off at his usual slow pace, Abraham put together some hard combinations to put Farias down twice in the fifth, before a third knockdown led to referee Manuel Maritxalar to call an end to proceedings.
On the same bill, WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz set up an April clash with former champ Mikkel Kessler by comfortably outpointing Henry Weber to a unanimous decision victory.
Back in the UK, Shane McPhilbin ended Leon Williams' ten-week reign as British Cruiserweight champion in an unattractive but ultimately entertaining York Hall bout on Friday night.
Nottingham man McPhilbin picked himself up from two knockdowns in the first and sixth rounds to stop Williams in the twelfth, forcing the ref to intervene after scoring two knockdowns of his own.
Also, heavyweight Sam Sexton overcame Larry Olumbamiwo in their career crossroads contest after an accidental clash of heads in the fourth led to the fight being waved off in the fifth and going to the judges scorecards.
Sexton, who was bleeding heavily from on the left side of his head after the incident, was declared the winner by a single point at 49-48. Both men acknowledged they would have to rematch after the unsatisfactory ending.