Hall stops Bell in second round

Former light-heavyweight contender Richard Hall knocked out former cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell in the second round Saturday night.

Hall pressed the action quickly in the cruiserweight bout between native Jamaicans at the Hard Rock Live Arena. He sent Bell to a corner, connecting with lefts to the head early on.

In the second, Hall (30-8, 28 KOs) staggered the 36-year-old Bell with a punishing left to the head near the ropes. Bell’s knees buckled, Hall followed with two additional shots to the head and referee Sam Burgos stopped the bout at 1:58 of the round.

Bell (24-4-1) won the vacant IBF cruiserweight belt with a unanimous decision over Dale Brown in 2005. After one successful defense, Bell won a decision over WBA and WBC champion Jean Marc Mormeck in a unification bout in January 2007.