Written by Peter Van Leyden
Photo’s by Peter Van Leyden
Carl Greaves Promotions were hosts to another exciting and emotionally charged and sometimes controversial evening of boxing at the North Kesteven Centre in Lincoln. Up for grabs would be the vacant Midlands Heavyweight Title in the main event. On the undercard there was a mix of local talent that included a Commonwealth Gold medallist.
In the main event for the Vacant Midlands Heavyweight Belt was Melton Mowbray’s Paul Butlin and Nottinghamshire’s former British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin. This fight turned into a brawl and never seemed to live up to the hype that was mainly influenced by some social networking trash talking between both fighters and supporters in the weeks leading up to the fight. This contest often frustrated sections of ringside viewers who appeared more hostile as the fight progressed, the dual was not for the faint hearted and at times fight official Shaun Messer had his work cut out. From the start he was continually giving stern warnings to McPhilbin who was often the main perpetrator for hitting the back of Butlins head (point deducted) and hitting on the break with clubbing shots (disqualified). Butlin was also wrestled to the canvas on one occasion. Referee Messer eventually ran out of patience and McPhilbins performance lead to disqualification in the fourth round earning Butlin the Midlands heavyweight championship. Shane immediately left the ring before the official announcements were made. Some unhappy supporters aired their disapproval about the decision by making lots of noise while some scuffling took place however security dealt with the situation professionally and this soon calmed. It will be interesting to see if any action will be taking against McPhilbin for his conduct by the British board of control.
Nottingham’s Flyweight Jamie Williams was back to winning ways with a composed performance against experienced import David Kvaratskelia (Georgia). The fight went the distance over four threes. Williams boxed well and used the ring elegantly that was rewarded with sweet victory against a gritty opponent. A Score of forty points to thirty Six in favour of the Nottingham man was announced at the conclusion.
Scunthorpe favourite and crowd pleaser Jody Meikle would be fighting Sam Couzens (Tichfield). This contest would be at Light Heavyweight over four threes. The fight was entertaining throughout and both boxers preferred to stand and trade. Heavy exchanges took place each round and at one point Meikle appeared to be talking to the crowd. Blood splattered onto my notes at ringside as both men slugged it out to the end and there were no complaints from anybody in attendance when the fight was announced a draw by referee Kevin Parker with a score of thirty eight to thirty eight. Jody confirmed this would be his last professional contest and he will always be remembered for his characteristic performances up and down the country throughout his career whilst often mixing in good company and usually at short notice.
Callum Baptist (Lincoln) made his professional debut against Jack Heath (Maidenhead) the fight was at Featherweight over four threes and officiating was referee Shaun Messer. Heath boxed his way to victory against Baptist and edged the fight with a score of thirty nine to thirty eight. Baptist has tremendous talent however boxed as if the fight was a ten rounder and he could have been busier.
Newark’s Fonz Alexander was having his second professional contest against Marvin Greaves ( Lancashire), Body Beautiful Alexander displayed a granite chin and displayed great fitness that can be a credit to himself as well as his trainer and conditioner in former boxer Andrew Lowe. Both fighters pummelled away at each other with the crowd making lots of noise. Alexander set a fast pace throughout the battle as Greaves determination made this a real edge of the seat tussle for the spectators in attendance that eventually lead Alexander to a hard fought victory by way of a thirty nine to thirty eight decision over four three minute rounds.
Grimsby’s Kevin Hooper added another win at the expense of his opponent Michael Mooney (Worcester), this fight was contested over four three minute rounds and was enjoyable all the way with good combinations and boxing from both men. Mooney suffered a count late in the second round but didn’t appear in any real danger. Super Hooper had a good fan base watching there man fight and made themselves known in the auditorium regularly making their presence heard by cheering away. Judging by this performance Mooney is improving all the time but was edged out by a convincing display from Hooper who boxed his way to a good win at a score of thirty seven to forty points respectively.
2110 Commonwealth Gold medal winner Callum Johnson (Boston) looked the real deal oozing with class as he comfortably despatched rugged Lithuanian import Egidijus Kakstys inside two rounds. Patient with his boxing Callum detonated hurtful shots to the body of his foe and during the second round the Lithuanians corner had seen enough by throwing the towel into the ring to prompt referee Kevin Parker to end the fight and give Johnson a TKO victory late in the round. The fight was at Light Heavyweight.
The last fight witnessed local talent Daryl Baptist (Lincoln) against Danny Murphy (St Albans). This fight would be for the Vacant International Light Middleweight Title. Already established as a crowd favourite, Baptist boxed comfortably behind his jab keeping his defence tight while the St Albans man did land some good combinations. However, the youthful Baptist replied with his own. The fight was over early in the sixth round when Baptist landed an explosive shot to the body of Murphy dropping him to the canvas where he failed to beat the count of Referee Kevin Parker. Baptist was proudly sporting his International Belt soon after while he celebrated his win with his team.