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Saunders destroys Hill to claim Commonwealth title | Boxing Futures

Saunders destroys Hill to claim Commonwealth title

Posted on Apr 29, 2012

Billy Joe Saunders blasted out Tony Hill in the first round to claim the vacant Commonwealth middleweight title at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.

In the first bout at Royal Albert Hall since 1999, Saunders required just 30 seconds to land a stunning punch on Hill, forcing the referee to call a premature halt to proceedings.

Saunders landed a heavy right-handed blow moments after the start of the fight and, with Hill dazed, delivered a barrage of punches to win the crown.

The 22-year-old, who remains unbeaten since turning professional following the 2008 Olympics, was keen to underline his credentials as a potential world champion and did just that with a ruthless performance.

Meanwhile Sam Webb dug deep for a split decision win over Matthew Hall to set up a clash with British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose.

Webb was forced on the back foot by Hall's early aggression, but he gradually got a grip and took victory with scores of 115-114,116-112, while the third judge scored it 117-112 for the Mancunian.

Billy Joe Saunders post-fight interview

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