Tolan gone in sixty seconds as Saunders gains first round stoppage

14 Dec

Alan Dawson – London

Southern Area middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was a late addition to the Bethnal Green card at York Hall in London on Wednesday, December 14 and the undefeated Hatfield southpaw displayed his typical smooth moves inside the ring but gained a premature technical knockout victory as the referee – Jeff Hinds – deemed durable weight-jumping journeyman Tommy Tolan in no fit state to continue when he really could have boxed on.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Official verdict: First round teekayo for Saunders.

Teak tough Tommy Tolan, who had mixed it with sturdy domestic level opposition including bronze medal Olympian from the 2008 Games; Tony Jeffries and former Prizefighter champion Rocky Fielding, made his ring-walk with a poker face as he headed for the red corner. His opponent, the stylish combination-puncher Billy Joe Saunders, jigged his way to the blue and enjoyed the positive reception he received.

Showing a feint of shoulder and skillful shot selection, Saunders bagged himself an early victory, picking Tolan off with uppercuts, right hands and, perhaps because too many were unanswered, the referee waved the bout off with a little over one minute’s worth of fistic action completed. Saunders looked sharp and was no doubt the superior mover, boxer and fighter, yet the stoppage – considering Tolan’s ability to survive – was clearly premature.

“It’s impossible for an Irishman to come over and beat an Englishman in his own country, especially in my own town, d’ya know what I mean?” Quipped Saunders to Box Nation following the official announcement of his first round technical knockout victory.

With the loss, Tolan dropped to 4-8-0, 3ko while Saunders – who contested his fifth bout of 2011 – rose to 12-0-0, 8ko.

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One Response to “Tolan gone in sixty seconds as Saunders gains first round stoppage”


  1. On The Beak boxing news: 2011 « On The Beak - January 10, 2012

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