Jones takes title with TKO

Written by Joe Hill

Photo’s by Danny Hill

West Yorkshire Boxing Promotions packed out the Elland Road banqueting Suite in Leeds as they hosted a 10 bout night of boxing. At the top of the bill and challenging for a British Masters Title was Leeds’ light middlJones on the front footeweight Damon Jones (10-0-0) and Nottingham’s Tyan Booth (11-10-4) over 10 x 3 min rounds. It didn’t start well for Booth as Jones stormed straight in putting Booth firmly in his place, knocking him down in the second minute and cutting Booths eye before knocking him back to the canvas seconds later.  Feeling the sting of Jones’s powerful jab Booth continued to struggle throughout the second and third rounds.

Booth found his feet in the fourth and put more into the fight but Jones was still all over him and continued to hit hard for the rest of the round, throughout the fifth and into the sixth where Jones laid Booth down on the bottom rope, Booth returned to his feet but Jones proved too much to handle, referee John Latham stopped the fight 2.04mins into the Sixth round leaving Jones to take home the treasure.

On the undercard was Leeds’ welterweight Adil Anwar (19-3-0) who was up against Hungarian Laszlo Fazekas (18-12-1) over 4 x 3 min rounds. Anwar had a lot to prove after losing his last two fights against Simone Lucas and Darren Hamilton and showed to be on form tonight albeit against a much easier opponent winning by 40 points to 37.Jones floors Booth

Fighting his debut was Mancunian middleweight James Higgy who was up against Nathan Capeness (0-2-1), Both boxers gave it a go in the first round but Higgy came out better off as an injured Capeness retired at the end of the round.

Another fight cut short was Leeds’ light middleweight Stevie Mennell (2-0-0) who took on Lithuanian Tadas Stulginskas (1-1-0), a slow first round saw Mennell weighing up his opponent and in the second round going to town on him and finishing it after 2.06mins.

Bradford’s Darren Tetley (1-0-0) had a clear 40/36 win over Oldham’s Marvin Greaves (3-1-0) while Hassan Younis (2-0-0) also won on points against Journeyman Jason Nesbitt (10-171-4) by 59 points to 55. Tony Aitcheson (2-0-0) remains unbeaten as he finished Gyorgy Varju (2-1-0) 1.09mins into the second round. Luke Keleher’s exhibition fight with Lee Connelly was ruled a no contest after Connelly received an accidental cut to his eye and was unable to continue.


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Sheedy retains unbeaten record

Written by Joe Hill

Photo’s by Danny Hill (link to all pics to follow)

Pioneer Promotions and Glyn Rhodes MBE brought five quality bouts of boxing to Doncaster Racecourse with the main event being Sheffield southpaw Sam “Speedy” Sheedy (12-0-0) (11st 3lbs 8oz) taking on valiant Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov (5-2-0) (11st 2lbs) in a 8 x 3 round light middle weight contest.Sheedy dominates

Unbeaten Sheedy took control of his opponent from the second the bell rang, showing good technical ability by not rushing into it, looking his opponent up and down, finding the openings and placing his shots perfectly. This continued in the second as Sheedy put the pressure on his opponent with some good combinations but Hyuseinov not being afraid to get stuck in also landed some good strong shots. Hyuseinov having what appeared to be a slip saw him get an eight count but he was straight back onto his feet.

Throughout the third and fourth round Sheedy continued to rule Hyuseinov, landing the same perfect punches and tiring his opponent. Hyuseinov, starting to look fatigued in the fifth gave Sheedy a chance to stand back and have a breather which in turn gave the Bulgarian a few chances which he failed to take advantage of.

Throughout the next few rounds Sheedy continued to dominate with the most memorable moment being a good string of punches towards the end of the seventh leaving Hyuseinov unsteady on his feet and being saved by the bell. An eighth round battle saw both fighters determined to finishChadderton battles through the fight early but Hyuseinov’s gloves weighed down his tired arms and left Sheedy to take another round winning by a clear 80 points to 72.

On the undercard was popular local lightweight Tommy Chadburn (1-0-0) (9st 4lbs 2oz) in his second professional fight against tougher than he looks Lithuanian Aivaras Balsys (1-7-0) (8st 13lbs 8oz) over 4 x 3 minute rounds. Chadburn stormed into the fight with his fists flying, landing a good fifty percent of them but Balsys moved well and shocked Chadburn with a crack on the nose. Not fazed by his opponent Chadburn developed a better attitude in the second, keeping more of a composed manner, he landed more punches but also left his guard open for Balsys to land some good counters.

A good battle through the next two rounds saw both fighters showing good skill and determination; Chadburn worked some good, fast combinations while Balsys did the same but at times struggled to get past Chadburn’s wall of defence. Chadburn just taking the edge won by a close 39 points to 38.

Also fighting was Doncaster’s cruiserweight prospect Matthew Brierley (3-0-1) (13st 11lbs 8oz) who took on Cumbrian Lee Kellett (4-5-2) (14st 10lbs) in a 4 x 3 round contest. Brierley proved that he is one to watch as he made ligJones and Fewkes dig deepht work of Kellet as well as showing that he is not yet at the top of his game, a bit more experience and some tougher challengers could see Brierley as possibly one of the best cruiserweights the country has to offer.

Sheffield middleweight John Fewkes (21-2-1) (11st 3lbs) had a tough fight against Doncaster’s Adam Jones (2-5-2) (11st 8lbs), the 6 x 3 round bout ended in a 57/57 draw with both fighters expecting the win and causing mixed reviews amongst the spectators. Personally I thought Jones was the better fighter on the night and deserved to win, many would disagree.

After a four year break from professional boxing Sheffield middleweight Lee Edwards (12-2-0) (11st 7lbs 8oz) was up against journeyman Dee Mitchell (9-54-1) (11st 7lbs 5oz) the very same person he beat in his last fight at Ponds Forge back in 2010. Edwards showed that he is back in business and won by a clear 40 points to 36.

Kays battles to defend English title.

Written by Joe Hill

Photo’s by Danny Hill (link to all pics to follow)

Steve Wood’s VIP Promotions gave us a quality night of boxing at Oldham Sports Centre which was originally scheduled to be a 13 fight show but was taken down to six due to a number of illnesses. ThKays weighs up Glovere highlight of the night being Ashton Under Lyme’s Jon “2 Smokes” Kays (17-3-1) (9st 3lbs 7oz) who was to defend his English super featherweight title over 10x3min rounds against “The Tipton Slasher” Lee Glover (7-1-00) (9st 3lbs).

In the first round Kays took control of the fight throwing some good combinations and landing a good solid right several times. Glover, lacking in defence threw a few counters but was overpowered by Kays in this round. Despite having had only one fight since 2011 Glover came back to his own in the second round and gave Kays more of a contest.

The third and fourth saw both fighters dishing out equal shares of the punishment. It looked like it could go either way at this point right up until the fifth when Glover started to look tired and started holding on to Kays.  Jon tried to sneak in as many jabs as he could, whenever he could to counteract this.

Over the next fFaizy finishes the fightew rounds we continued to see Glover hold on to his opponent while Kays dominated the fight with his big right, coming back in short bursts Glover proved to show that he was there for the battle and wasn’t willing to give in easily. The final round was a little bit slapstick with both fighters desperate to finish it, Kays putting his weight into his punches and taking a few tumbles gave Glover more time to compose himself but with both fighters unable to finish it the final decision on the night went to the judges who scored it 96/96, 97/95, 96/95 in favour of Jon Kays.

A few last minute changes to the undercard saw Oldham’s Ashley Mayall (4-3-0) (10sMark Thompson in action against Maxwellt 5lbs) take on Lancashire based AJ Faizy (1-0-0) (10st 4lbs). In only his second professional fight, Faizy, an Afghan refugee who fled to the UK at 14 and was taken in by his trainer Barry Higginson proved to be a good prospect as he got stuck straight into the fight and with both fighters throwing excellent combinations Faizy proved to be too much for Mayall and stopped it with just 1 second remaining of the first round.

Also fighting was Heywood’s Mark Thompson (24-4-0) (11st 6lbs) who had an easy 40/37 points win against Journeyman Max Maxwell (16-38-3) (11st 7lbs). Also winning on points was Oldham’s Marvin Greaves (2-1-0) (10st 5lbs) who made light work of Kristian Laight (8-168-7) (10st 2lbs) beating him by 40 points to 36. Anthony Smith (4-0-0) (8st 2lbs) had a tough opponent in journeyman Anwar Alfadi (2-41-4) (8st 8lbs) but remains unbeaten winning by a close 39/38 and Artif Ali (2-0-0) had a clear 40/36 points win against Jonathan Fry (1-9-1).

Successful nights work for Davies and Wale.

Written by Joe Hill

Photo’s by Danny Hill (link to all pics to follow)

It was business as usual for Barnsley middleweight Ben Davies (4-0-1) (11st 5lbs 7oz) as he took on Shropshire slammer Kieron Gray (6-26-1) (11st 5lbs 6oz) in an 8 x 3 minute contest for the British Masters Bronze titleDavies pushes forward at the packed out Barnsley Metrodome.

From the off Gray was throwing all the punches while Davies stayed composed, moving away from his opponent and looking for his moment to pounce. Going into the second Davies continued to keep his cool, making each punch count while Gray seemed to be doing too much work for no great gain.

In the third and fourth Davies took to work on Gray’s body, landing some painful blows and wearing Gray out. Gray standing his ground continued to take the punishment and also continued to throw his fists, albeit a little sloppy. Davies the better fighter dominated throughout with Gray retiring at the end of the sixth due to a damaged hand. SONY DSC

Also fighting on the Carl Greaves promoted night at super bantamweight was Barnsley’s Josh Wale (15-6-1) (9st 5oz) in a scheduled 6 x 3 minute rounds against Hungarian Miklos Hevesi (1-3-0) (9st 1lbs 3oz). There’s not much to say about this fight, Wale got stuck straight in as he usually does, Hevesi did nothing and the fight was stopped in the 46th second.

Sheffield Cruiserweight Jon Ibbotson (15-3-1) (14st 8lbs 2oz) took on Plymouth’s Courtney Richards (2-2-0) (14st 7lbs 5oz) in a close battle which I thought swayed more in favour of hard hitter Richards, however, thRichards landse fight was scored a 57 / 57 draw.

Barnsley’s Ben Wager (7-5-1) (10st 1lb) had the upper hand over Worcester’s Michael Mooney (4-4-0) (9st 13lbs 6oz) beating him 39 points to 37. Lightweight Lee Connelly (2-6-0) (9st 10lbs 7oz) had a clean 40 / 36 points win over Lithuanian Simas Volosinas (4-14-0) (9st 9lbs 2oz). Lee Gibbons (0-2-0) (9st 13lbs) took a 39 / 37 points win over tough journeyman Youssef Al Hamidi (12-65-3) (9st 13lbs 6oz). Richard Thomas (0-1-0) (12st 1lb) won his first professional fight against Bryan Richardson (0-2-0) (11st 12lbs 6oz) stopping it 1min 35seconds into the first round and Cruiserweight Will Burkin (0-2-1) (14st 6lbs) had a tough opponent in Chris Nixon (1-0-0) (13st 7lbs 5oz) with Nixon winning by a close 39 to 38 points.

Kettleborough defends title.

Written by Peter Van Leyden.

An epic night of excellent boxing took place at the Kesteven Centre in North Hykeham promoted by the popular Carl Greaves Promotions who has built a strong reputation in producing small hall classics in recent years. In the main event Newark’s Lightweight favourite Adam Kettleborough would be defending his International Bronze Lightweight Championship against challenger Birmingham’s Ainsley Seivwright. The main event was supported by a solid undercard that was brutally entertaining.  Kettleborough

The show’s opening contest over 4×3 minute rounds at Light Middleweight was Fonz Alexander (Newark) who would be making his professional debut against Harginder Gill (Hounslow). Alexander sporting sequinned shorts pushed forward throughout the fight often producing effective work with a determined look on his face while Gill soaked up the pressure, covering up, bobbing and weaving in a vain attempt to avoid punches. By the second round Gills face was reddening as a result of Alexanders punches, however Gill did fire some hooks Back of his own aimed at his enthusiastic opponent and he occasionally stood his ground. Alexander detonated hooks onto Gill in the third round and this was his best work of the fight so far as Gill continued to stand firm. In the last round Alexander continued to apply pressure forcing the tough Gill to defend in what was an exciting end to the fight. Alexander was awarded a clear 40/36 victory.

A heavyweight scrap over 4×3 minute rounds between Melton Mowbreys former prize fighter participant Paul Butlin and Wakefield’s James Oliphant was the next fight. At Seventeen stones, Eight pounds Butlin held a distinct weight advantage over his lighter opponent who came in at fifteen stone six pounds. With an untidy brawling style throughout the fight and attached to his opponent  like a barnacle for most of the contest it was apparent that Oliphant wanted to hold his bigger foe in the clinch while often punching with one hand. Butlin, making his first appearance since his second round loss against Olympic Gold Medallist superstar Anthony Joshua made better success when he managed to keep the fight at distance and landed some solid shots that contributed towards Butlin earning a point’s win that welcomed the big man back to winning ways with a score of 39/38.

Young prospect Daryl Baptiste (Lincoln) was having his third fight as a professional over 4×3 minute rounds against Dean Croft (York) and was also back to winning ways at Middleweight. Local favourite Baptiste worked off his jab each round with a confident approach and picked his shots with precision becoming more menacing as the fight progressed. The rugged looking Croft connected with some of his own shots and was patient on retreat however Baptiste was undeterred and well-focused and stook to his game plan of boxing all the way to a convincing points win with a score of 40/36.

Announced as a welteHooper with his team.rweight contest by the master of ceremonies and  over 4×3 minute rounds was two time English title challenger and existing Midlands Lightweight champion Kevin Hooper (Grimsby) versus Kristian Laight (Nuneaton) who would be having his one hundred and eighty third fight. Known as Mr Reliable, the popular Laight is a capable switch hitter and the journeyman displayed a defensive style that was  impressive while using the ring and flicking light combinations and a jab in the direction of Cooper that always reminded him he was there. Despite this Cooper had a sizeable fan base in the auditorium and his supporters made plenty of noise chanting “Super Cooper” as there man marched forwards. Laight worked hard but Hooper forced the pace of the contest eventually receiving a point’s victory of 40/36.

Nottingham’s Jamie Williams was having his second pro fight at flyweight against Gary Reeve (Gateshead) who himself likewise was having his second fight. The stylish Williams started off well boxing confidently but the much shorter pocket rocket styled Reeve was looking for the big punches. Late in the first round an accidental clash of heads caused Williams to suffer a cut to the left eyebrow while Reeve had a cut at the left side of his forehead. By the second round Williams had blood flowing from his eye onto his face as Reeve landed shots that penetrated the injury further in a brutal round. In the third, hard shots were on target from Reeve as he ferociously marched forwards after Williams, sensing the finish. A crunching shot had Williams stumbling backwards but he gamely managed to stay upright. Early in the round a doctor’s inspection of the injury to Williams’ eye ended the contest and the fight went to the scorecards with Reeve receiving a 29/28 victory. Later Williams cut required seven stitches.

Local Bantamweight boxer Bobbie Jenkinson (Lincoln) would be trading blows with Spanish import Francisco Javier (Las Palmas). Unbeaten Jenkinson looked like he was in for a comfortable nights work from the way he was boxing against the pony tailed Spaniard and edged the first round that was competitive as the Spanish corner yelled instructions. In the second Jenkinson was caught unexpectedly by a crunching left hook that bounced off his chin dropping him to the canvas, Jenkinson beat the count only to be caught again by a left hook that again sent him tumbling to the canvas. This time Jenkinson was up at three seconds, when the count reached Eight referee Kevin Parker decided he had seen enough and ended the contest in favour of Javier much to the disappointment of Jenkinson as he suffered his first defeat as a professional.

The main event for the International Masters Bronze Lightweight Championship between defending champion Adam Kettleborough (Newark) and challenger Ainsley Seivwright (Birmingham) would be a classic contest that turned into eight rounds of thrilling scintillating action. Box fighter Kettleborough would be defending his title against the talented challenger Seivwright. A large contingent of supporters had travelled from Birmingham to cheer their man on. Kettleborough also enjoyed large support and both sets of supporters contributed towards making a riveting atmosphere as both fighters traded their respective skills against each other.

The first round observed Seivwright boxing well and using the ring to his advantage as the defending champion Kettleborough adopted a tight defence it was Seivwright who marched forwards and the Birmingham boxer circled the ring creatively. The second observed Seivwright on target with some good hooks that reddened the champion’s face, late in the round both fighters traded blows on the ropes as referee Robert Chalmers watched closely. The fight suddenly sprung to life in the third as Kettleborough produced his most effective work so far of the fight that changed the rhythm of the contest as he began to find his range landing good shots with further fighting on the ropes. Fierce fighting took place in the fourth as Kettleborough was warming to the occasion, both sets of supports were making plenty of noise. By the Fifth round both fighters dug deep into the trenches as Seivwright circled the ring with the champion constantly marching forwards. In a gruelling sixth round Seivwright continued to use the ring and worked off his jab however he did appear to be tiring and was forced into a fast pace by his opponent who did appear to finally catch up with his challenger as they both traded away. Kettleborough was looking for the finish and the punch that could end matters as Seivwright defiantly hung on until the end of the round. In the penultimate round Seivwright had a lively start as his forehead was visibly bruising but the local man came into the session as it progressed. The final round observed both boxers fighting each other toe to toe and it seemed it was a case of who wanted it the most while they traded blows against each other practically punching each other to a standstill as the crowd were making lots of noise as the round ended. The final bell must have felt like an orchestra to the ears of both boxers as the fight came to a conclusion. In what was considered a very close fight, a score of 77/76 in favour of the defending champion was announced. Kettleborough has ambitions of going after further titles in his career in the future and in only his third professional contest Seivwright must take credit from this performance which will almost certainly see him be back in the ring again soon.

Hall battles to claim World title

Written by Joe Hill

Photo’s by Danny Hill (

The first of what I hope to be many Boxing shows at Leeds First Direct Arena was brought to us by Dennis Hobson Promotions in association with Queensberry Promotions. And we were in for a treat as hoping to take home the VacHall battles with Malingaant IBF World Bantamweight Title which was controversially stripped from Jamie McDonnell earlier this year was Darlington’s Stuart Hall (15-2-1) (8st 5 1/4lbs). Hall set to battle it out over 12×3 minute rounds against South Africa’s Vuzi Malinga (21-4-1) (8st 5 1/2lb). In the opening rounds Hall dominated with Malinga struggling to land punches against a faster fighter, Hall showed good movement, picked his punches well and avoided any counters that were thrown at him. A big right from Hall in the third knocked Malinga down for the eight count but just as people thought they were going to be in for an early night this knock had the opposite effect on Malinga as he woke up and came back a different fighter in the fourth. From this moment on Malinga forced his way past Hall’s defence and landed some good jabs marking Hall’s eye in the process.

Over the next few rounds both fighters proved to be World class with Hall just taking the edge although it was obvious that both fighters had the ability to land that finishing punch at any time. Hall’s defence dropped a little in the seventh allowing Malinga to do more work on his eye which by the tenth was a complete mess. Hall’s performance wasn’t affected by this as he gave his fans what they wanted, battled oHall battles with Malingan and came out on top with a unanimous points win, taking the World Title home to Darlington.

British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Frankie Gavin (17-0-0) (10st 10lb 5ozs) of Birmingham remained unbeaten after 10×3 minute rounds against Welsh light middleweight Bradley Pryce. A slow start to the fight that didn’t really get going until the third showed Gavin doing most of the work, this continued as both boxers settled into the fight.

Lacking defence Pryce let too many punches in but managed to get a sneaky jab in now and again.  Gavin proved to be of a different class, despite a couple of low blows he fought the perfect fight as he put most of the work in. Pryce did spring to life in the last couple of rounds catching Gavin with a nice right hook in the ninth and made a desperate attempt to finish it in the tenth. Gavin took the win 99/92 on points.

Also on the undercard, Paul McCloskey (24-2-0) (10st 2lbs) of Northern Ireland took on Derby’s Dave Ryan (14-8-0) (10st 2lbs). McCloskey the better boxer on paper started off well in a cool and composed manner, placing his punches well and doing a good job of weighing up his opponent although Ryan had no trouble landing the head shots as McCloskey failed to lift his low guard.

Ryan, surprising the crowd, continued to overpower McCloskey although at times McCloskey was proving to be in with just as much chance of finishing the fight. McCloskey showed good movement throughout and at times gave as good as he got. After going the full 8×3 minute rounds Ryan took the points win 77 points to 75.Sykes gets better of Fehintola

Also fighting on the night was Bradford’s Femi Fehintola (24-2-0) (9st 5lbs) who took on Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes (25-3-0) (9st 5oz) in an 8×3 minute lightweight contest. This ended in a disappointing result for Fehintola as Sykes out-boxed him throughout proving to be the fitter and more powerful of the two, taking the 80/73 points win. A shortage of ring experience over the last few years didn’t help Fehintola although he did show good heart against Sykes who will challenge Liam Walsh for the British title in February.

Another well fought bout introduced Dronfield middleweight Lewis Taylor (11-0-0) (11st 8lbs) who remained undefeated after beating Birmingham’s Max Maxwell (16-33-3) (11st 8lbs) 80 points to 73.

Also keeping his record clean was Welsh prospect Lewis Rees (8-0-0) (10st 6lbs) who had a clear 80/72 points win against a more experienced boxer in Poland’s Krzysztof Szot (18-9-1) (10st 6lbs).

Leeds cruiserweight China Clarke (13-1-1) (14st 2lbs) got another win under his belt in front of his home crowd beating Plymouth’s Courtney Richards (2-1-0) (14st 3lbs) 40 points to 37.

Rotherham’s Atif Shafiq (7-0-0) (9st 11lbs) impressed with a 2:19sec stoppage against Reading based journeyman Ibrar Riyaz (4-50-1) (9st 10lbs).

Leeds Justin Newell (5-0-0) had a clear 60/54 points win over Atherton’s William Warburton (10-55-3), Stockport’s Chris Healy (4-1-1) also had a clear points win over Derby’s Elvis Dube (5-21-1) winning 40/36 and Leeds’ Stevi Mennell (1-0-0) took the points win against Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell (9-49-1).

Clarke claims points victory in style

Written by Joe Hill

Photo by Danny Hill

Last night Mark Bateson and Kevin Spratt brought us The Main Event at Leeds, Elland Road with Guest of Honour Former World Heavyweight Champion and World Boxing Hall Of Fame Inductee Larry Holmes.Clarke works his jab

Fighting in the presence of a legend was Leeds favourite China Clarke (12-1-1) and Lithuanian bruiser Remigijus Ziausys (20-54-4) over 4×3 minutes rounds. From the bell Clarke controlled the fight with his leading left jab with Ziausys taking them well and sneaking in some good powerful body shots. Ziausys continued with the big swings through the second but Clarke’s usual combination of well-paced technique, good movement and perfect jabs showed him to be the better boxer.

Going into the third Ziausys continued to try and do some damage catching Clarke with more big body shots but Clarke took it in his stride and stayed the better boxer throughout. Ziausys came to life in the fourth with some good combinations but again Clarke moved well, stayed composed and fought back to a better standard winning 40 – 36 on points.

Clarke will next be fighting on the Hall Versus Malinga Undercard at Leeds Arena on 21st December.

Fighting his debut last night over a scheduled 4×3 minute rounds was Leeds Stevi Mennell who was up against Nottingham’s Andy Hardy (0-15-0). What looked to be an easy debut for Mennell proved to be as he dominated the first round taking his time, working out his opponent and landing some brilliantly placed punches cutting Hardy’s left eye in the process.

After much debate Hardy was allowed to continue in the second but with his eye in a bad way and starting to close he allowed Mennell to hit him with a big right hook sending him to the canvas and unable to continue 1:37 secs into the round.

Mennell who made a rare good gesture by donating all of his earnings from the fight to Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance looks to be an exciting prospect for the sport and will also be fighting at Leeds Arena on 21st December.

Leeds super bantamweight Iktsham ‘Tyson’ Lone (0-1-0) fought Sheffield’s Anwar Alfadi (2-36-4) over 4×3 minute rounds. Lone had something to prove after losing in his debut to Chris Wood back in September and looked to be a lot more comfortable than he was then, although fighting a much more experienced boxer. Over the four rounds both fighters exchanged punches well with Lone coming out on top and winning by 39 points to 38. Lone failed to impress me on his debut but in last night’s performance I saw a different Boxer showing much more skill and composure and I will definitely look forward to his next fight

True Grit on display at the showground

Written by Peter Van Leyden

Photo’s by Peter Van Leyden

An afternoon of professional boxing took place at Newark’s Showground, Cedric Ford  Pavilion. This venue was a dinner occasion with members of the audience treated to a three course meal while others were seated in the spectator area and many were propping the bar up as  alcoholic beverages were lavishly served throughout the event. The surroundings were exquisite and well presented and the ring looked significantly prominent, waiting to welcome the fighters that were prepared for battle. This was another successful event hosted by the popular Carl Greaves Promotions.

In an entertaining affair in the show opener the audience were treated to a competitive Light Middleweight  fight between Ryan Hookway ( Leicester) and Dean Croft (York). Both fighters landed solid hooks throughout the contest and Osbenplenty of leather was on target. The rugged looking Croft often sporting a tight defence continued to move forward while Hookway countered effectively. Fierce fighting took place in the last round that observed both boxers unloading hooks while their respective chins stood firm. Hookway took the fight by a score of 40/36 in a 4×3 minute round fight.

Local talent Daryl Baptist (Lincoln) experienced his first defeat as a professional at the hands of  tough journeyman Costas Osben (Rainham), this contest was also at Light Middleweight. A calm and composed start by Baptist, working off his jab, took him the first round, however, a determined expression on Osbens face suggested he was prepared for a war whilst often unleashing wild shots. In the second Baptist created his most effective work, detonating brilliant hooks onto his foe and forcing Osben to get on his bike and ride the round out, holding at every opportunity. The third round saw Baptist jabbing and boxing well throughout the round as Osben continued to back off. For the fourth round both fighters wasted no time to get on with the action, both trading away then suddenly Baptiste was caught with a peach of a left hook that dropped him to the canvas. The referee counted to four then decided to wave the fight ovWilliamser immediately calling in the ring doctor. Fortunately Baptist made a speedy recovery whilst taking in oxygen from the paramedics. This was a game performance from Osben over a 4×3 minute contest.

In a Flyweight contest, local favourite and debut boy Jamie Williams was taking on Czech Republic import Ahmet Kuricaj with the taller Williams towering over his opponent. The stylish  Williams took control of the fight from the first bell but the terrier like Kuricaj had come to fight. The second round  saw Williams landing unrelenting shots onto his target that forced his opponent into a corner whilst the referee looked closely. After a further onslaught from Williams  the referee decided to end matters saving the Czech import from any further punishment. This fight was also contested over 4×3 minute rounds.

The main event produced a real war of attrition and true grit for the vacant International Masters BronKettleborough with his new beltze Lightweight Title. Local boxer Adam Kettleborough would be fighting Huddersfield’s Ismail Anwar. Home town boy Kettleborough produced a determined display and was forced to fight heavily at times by the fast punching Anwar. Some brilliant rounds took place, both fighters competitively landing shots to the head and body.  Anwar was often producing classy footwork and movement and was surprisingly fast at getting his shots off. Often both fighters traded meaty shots on the ropes and Kettleborough landed some solid hooks to the body. It was apparent that both boxers could take a good shot as they traded away continuously throughout the contest with the crowd vocal and alert. Kettleborough’s corner urged their charge on as the fights pace never slowed down and credit must be given to both warriors for an outstanding display of courage and ring craft. The final bell was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience and experienced referee John Keane scored the contest in favour of Local favourite Adam Kettleborough by a close score of 78/77. Adam was elated and overjoyed at his victory.

Boxing Heroes – Joe Frazier

Written by Pete Wolstencroft.

Photo by Danny Hill.

In the seventies you might have preferred reggae to rock, Magpie to Blue Peter, a close crop to a mane of flowing locks, but for many of us there was only one choice that really mattered: whether to support Frazier or Ali. I was always firmly in Smokin’ Joe’s camp. His blue collar style was much more my cup of tea. I won’t say that I hated Muhammad Ali, just that I would usually root for whoever was in the opposite corner. And on three memorable occasions that man was Joe Frazier.Frazier in later life.

Now that so many years have passed I recognise Ali for the sporting genius he was: a heavyweight with the speed of a lightweight. I also recognise that he was a major cultural figure whose iconic influence spanned the globe and touched on the world of civil liberties, politics and global power struggles.

But none of those things ever took away my liking for Frazier. Frazier was the twelfth child born to a family of dirt poor share croppers in Beaufort, South Carolina. His father, Ruben had lost the use of his left arm, but could still work most other men into the ground. He was also something of a ladies’ man. Young Joe inherited both his father’s work ethic and his love of the company of women.

As an amateur, Frazier represented the USA at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he won the gold medal at heavyweight, despite having fractured the thumb of his left hand in the semi-final. His opponent in the gold medal bout was the German, Hans Huber, who could not cope with Frazier’s non-stop aggression, even if he could not throw his signature left hook with any great venom due to the injury.

If any boxer was ever going to be synonymous with the left hook, it was Frazier. A childhood accident had damaged his left arm, leaving him unable to straighten the arm out completely. Joe turned this slight disability to his advantage and would throw the left hook continually during his fights. He might have been a son of South Carolina, but his fighting style was forged in the gyms of Philadelphia – the city of brotherly love. Philadelphia is still a proving ground for young boxers today. The fictional Rocky Balboa had his home there, but the idea for using slaughtered animals in an abattoir as punch bags, was not Rocky’s idea: it came from Smokin’ Joe.

Joe Frazier turned professional on the 16th of August 1965 and by the end of the year he had four knockout wins to his credit. In 1966, the legendary Eddie Futch was brought into the Frazier camp as assistant trainer to Yank Durham. The two trainers worked on refining Frazier’s style until it distilled into that peculiarly effective mix of high work rate, coupled with a constantly bobbing head that made Frazier hard to hit. I have watched a few videos of Frazier on Youtube recently and can scarcely believe just how effective that style was. Smokin’ Joe was a long way from being a slugger.

By the end of his second year as a pro, Frazier had won a ten round decision over Argentine brawler and legendary tough guy, Oscar Bonavena. It was clear that Frazier was not going to be a mere contender. From the Bonavena fight onwards, Frazier only ever fought in the top class. In his 17th fight, he became the first man to stop George Chuvalo in what was the Canadian’s 63rd professional fight. Today’s heavyweight hopefuls would not be expected to perform to that level so early on in their careers.

In 1968 Frazier beat former amateur foe Buster Mathis in a bout that was recognised as being for the world heavyweight title: in five states of the USA. True recognition as the undisputed world champ would come in 1970, when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round. At this time, former champion Muhammad Ali was still barred from boxing as a result of refusing to be drafted into the United States army; a principled stand that robbed him of his prime years. The hiatus, however, served one purpose. It set up that first match in his three fight series with Frazier. This was the first time that two undefeated heavyweight champions had met in the ring with the greatest prize in sport at stake. Frazier won a gruelling fifteen round decision in that fight: his relentless left hooking assault, complete with continually bobbing head prevailing over the flashier and more obvious skills of Ali. It was on that night that I, like many others, decided I would be a Frazier follower forever, and particularly if the man in the opposite corner was Ali.

As an older man, I can see that both of these champions were great. Ali needed Frazier to bring out the greatness in him. Without their rivalry, Ali’s career would have been diminished. Frazier was never again able to beat Ali; losing on points in their second meeting, and on a corner retirement at the end of the fourteenth round in the legendary Thrilla in Manila. When I met Frazier in Blackpool a short while before his death, his manager assured me, that had Joe answered the bell for the start of the fifteenth round, he would have won, because over in the other corner, Ali was begging Angelo Dundee to cut the gloves off: he had had enough. Perhaps that story was true, but boxing fans will know that it is best to be cautious with such tales.

The only other man to beat Frazier was George Foreman, who seemed always to have Frazier’s number. Their first fight was two round demolition job and the second one was not much better for Frazier, who was stopped in the fifth round by Big George. The fact that Frazier shaved his head moments before entering the ring in an attempt to intimidate the, by now, former champion, probably said more about his nerves than about his confidence on that night.

After the second loss to Foreman, Frazier was inactive for a long time. An ill advised last hurrah featured a draw against relative novice, Jumbo Cummings. The man they called Smokin’ Joe knew that such a result boded ill for further fights and he hung them up for good. Famously, however, he never officially announced his retirement and so for a while the ghost of Smokin’ Joe Frazier hung over the heavyweight division, as if lying in wait to ambush unworthy pretenders.

The final record says that Frazier had 37 fights of which he lost just four. No man ever beat him who had not worn the heavyweight crown. From his early fights he only ever mixed it with top class opposition. These days a heavyweight champion is likely to be over six feet four inches tall and is unlikely to be able to walk down the street unnoticed. Frazier was just a shade under six feet tall and would rarely have caught the eye, were it not for his habit of wearing gaudy, broad brimmed hats. But under those hats there stood a giant in the history of heavyweight boxing: Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

Campbell and Coyle keep locals happy.

Written by Joe Hill

Photo’s by Danny Hill

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing brought a great night of big fights to The Hull Arena with Hull’s Tommy Coyle (16-2-0) (9st 8lbs 4oz) and Greenock’s John Simpson (25-9-0) (9st 8½lbs) battling it out for the IBF inter-Continental Lightweight Championship over 12x3min rounds. Coyle lands

Coyle had a lot to prove after being stopped by Derry Mathews back in July and certainly did as he went into the first round, not giving Simpson much of a chance as he laid on a string of consistently clean jabs. Simpson looked a bit more comfortable in the second letting Coyle know he was there and landing some good shots, however, Coyle countered well with a good left and right knocking Simpson down for 8 at the end of the round.

Not disconcerted by being knocked down or the cut he now had to his right eye Simpson came out fighting well in the third, standing his ground better and taking Coyle’s big hits with a pinch of salt. Over the next couple of rounds both fighters continued to show good technique but Coyle had the upper hand as the more powerful of the two and worked on Simpson’s eye whilst Simpson looked to be in trouble but still made a good job of the chances he had.

In the seventh Coyle came out with the same level of confidence he had throughout the fight, landing more of the same clean shots with a giant right knocking Simpson off his feet. Simpson got back up but moments later was straight down again and stopped by referee Phil Edwards 2min 2secs  into the round.

Also fighting was Hull’s Gold winning Olympic hero Luke Campbell MBE (2-0-0) (9st 8lbs 7oz) who was matched against Chesterfield’s Lee Connelly (2-5-0) (9st 8lbs 5oz) in what was to be Campbell’s first proper test as a professional. Campbell had a good local crowd behind him and didn’t disappoint as he dominated in the first of a scheduled 6x3min rounds with Connelly looking to feel the pressure from the start. SONY DSC

In the second Connelly started to get into the fight, showing Campbell that he wasn’t in for an easy ride but again Campbell was consistent with more nice clean boxing skills which continued throughout the third. Going into the fourth round Campbell’s good level of speed and accuracy left Connelly with a bloody nose but Connelly shook it off and continued to warrior on.

In the fifth round Campbell continued to place and sink his jabs well making it hard work for Connelly but showing great determination Connelly fought back landing some good shots of his own. The referee seeing  Campbell getting the better of Connolly stopped the fight 2 minutes into the fifth but with many including Connolly believing he had more to give and could have gone the distance although probably not changing the outcome of the fight.

Sheffield Heavyweight Richard Towers (14-0-0) (16st 9lbs 11oz) met Australia’s Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (17-0-0) (17st 13lbs 7oz) in a scheduled 12x3min contest in the Commonwealth Eliminator Final. With both boxers currently unbeaten we looked to be in for a close fight, however, from the off Browne showed to be the more relaxed fighter. This worked highly in his favour as he did most of the work, landing some big hits and making light work of Towers throughout the first and second round.

In the third Browne continued to strike well, cutting Towers’ eye and knocking him some distance into the ropes at the end of the round with Towers being saved by the bell. Browne shows his power

Towers came out in the fourth with his head up and had a better round and showed better skill, although Browne still continued to lead the way.  Browne came into the fifth with an excellent combination of punches, throwing Towers into the ropes leaving him in no state to carry on after just 51 seconds. This now leaves Browne as top contender for the Commonwealth Heavyweight title.

Another belt up for grabs was the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title and fighting for it was Hull’s Samir Mouneimne (14-0-1) (8st 13lbs 4oz) and English featherweight champion Josh Warrington (15-0-0) (8st 13lbs 2oz) from Leeds over 13x3min rounds. In what was to be a big test for both boxers Mouneimne dominated throughout the first couple of rounds making it hard for Warrington to find his bearings. Warrington looked to step it up a gear in the third, making it more of an even fight. Whilst Mouneimne showed good movement and technique in the fourth Warrington started to move with him, lanWarrington claims Commonwealth titleding some equally as good punches.

Mouneimne looked to slow down in the fifth letting Warrington shine and leaving him with a cut to his right eye in the sixth. In the seventh a big combination from Warrington almost had Mouneimne but he took it well and continued to fight on. Warrington continued to be the better fighter over the next few rounds but Mouneimne sprung back to life in the ninth showing some good boxing and continued to do so for the rest of the fight. Unfortunately for Mouneimne, Warrington looked to have it on points by some distance but a cracking combination in the final round left Mouneimne unsteady on his feet with referee  Howard Foster stepping in and giving Warrington his well overdue first ever stoppage 1min 27secs into the round.

Also fighting on the night was Driffield’s former English welterweight champion Curtis Woodhouse (19-6-0) (10st 5lbs 10oz) who had been matched against Lydney’s Lewis Van Poetsch (3-4-0) (10st 5½lbs). Woodhouse had something to prove after being beat by Derry Mathews in September and although still not back to his previous form dominated the fight winning with a 59/54 points win.

Goole’s Zak Collins (7-0-1) also came away with a good points win over 4x3min rounds against Tamworth’s Matt Seawright (5-82-5) winning 40/36.

Welsh Super Middleweight Keiron Harding (12st 2lbs 3oz) managed to steal his first win in his debut against Mark Till (1-1-0) (12st 4lbs) from Stoke-on-Trent winning 40/38 on points and Leicester’s  Rendall Munroe (26-3-1) (9st 1lb 4oz) had a comfortable points win in a 4x3min featherweight contest against tough journeyman Pavels Senkovs (3-64-5) (9st 5lbs) winning 60/55.