Gavin Gwynne gets knocked out after suffering horrific injury in fight on Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou undercard


Gavin Gwynne suffered a horrific injury at ‘Knockout Chaos’.

The European lightweight champion tried to fight on when his eye swelled shut but was stopped inside four rounds by Mark Chamberlain in Ridyah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday night.

Chamberlain was a step ahead from the first bell


Chamberlain was a step ahead from the first bellCredit: Richard Pelham/Getty Images

Chamberlain (15-0, 11 KOs) received a personal plea from His Excellency Turki Alalshikh to compete at ‘Knockout Chaos’ after surprisingly being named as one of his favourite fighters.

The most powerful man in boxing gave him a call to ask him to fight on Joshua’s latest undercard while he was still working a day job as a plasterer.

Chamberlain proved why he is so highly regarded by Alalshikh as he dominated a good fighter from the first bell and caused devastating damage.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a superb round one as he peppered his opponent with shots and caused a serious injury to his right eye, which was almost swollen shut after just three minutes.


Gwynne’s team did their best to bring down the swelling in the corner but it became a target for Chamberlain, who continued to beat him up throughout the second stanza.

The ringside doctor took a look at the eye before allowing him to fight on for a third round where he continued to take punishment from his heavy-handed opponent.

Chamberlain picked up the pace in the fourth frame, and the DAZN commentators began calling the fight an ‘uncomfortable’ watch as the referee seemed to be contemplating calling it off.

Gwynne got trapped against the ropes and tucked up as shots bounced off all parts of his body before his trainer threw in the towel – but it didn’t land in the eyeline of the official.

Gwynne suffered an eye injury early and never recovered


Gwynne suffered an eye injury early and never recovered
The referee had seen enough after less than four full rounds


The referee had seen enough after less than four full roundsCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

Regardless, the referee stepped in to save him from taking any more punishment before Chamberlain dedicated his career-best win to Alalshikh.

“This one goes out to His Excellency,” he said post-fight.

“I hope I’ve made you happy with that performance.

“I’d love to be back here. Massive thank you for this opportunity, not just to His Excellency but Queensberry, my manager, and Frank Warren for believing in me.

“I want to be back here in the summer.”



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