Saunders blasts Hammond into retirement after KO victory on DeGale versus Groves bill

PUBLISHED: 16:45 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 16:48 23 May 2011

Billy Joe Saunders secured a KO victory on Saturday night at the O2 Arena, London

Billy Joe Saunders secured a KO victory on Saturday night at the O2 Arena, London

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HATFIELD boxer Billy Joe Saunders blasted Kevin Hammond into retirement on Saturday with a devastating performance in front of a capacity crowd at the O2 Arena, London.

The 21-year-old won the contest with a second-round stoppage, after unloading a barrage of shots in the direction of his LIncolnshire-based opponent, with the fight shown live on Sky pay-per-view.

Hammond, although having lost nearly as many fights as he has won (8-7 with one draw) had never been stopped before, and only two days after the crushing defeat, announced his retirement.

The Herts hitter had his opponent given a standing count by the referee at the start of the second round.

There was no let-up for 30-year-old Hammond upon the fight resuming, and another couple of uppercuts mixed with body shots put the Cherry Willingham middleweight down on his knees, and the referee came to his rescue to wave the contest off.

Billy Joe remains undefeated with nine wins, six by way of knockout since turning professional with Frank Warren.

For more coverage, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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