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The Brawl In The Hall.

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 roCalumunds.

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.

Taylor takes title in 10 round war

Written by Joe Hill

Photo’s by Danny Hill

Dennis Hobson brought a night of “Mayhem” to the Sheffield Octagon, giving us 9 bouts of boxing including two IBO youth title fights.

Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor (13-0-0) (11st 5lb) was up against Barnsley’s Ben Davies (5-0-1) (11st 5lb) over 10 x 3 minute rounds for the middleweight IBO youth title. Throughout the first two rounds both fighters showed equal expertise, exchanging equal blows with Davies being slightly out done by Taylor’s jab towards the end oLewis Taylorf the second round.  In the third and fourth both continued to battle it out head to head, each landing clean punches with Taylor just doing one better every time. This continued through the fifth and sixth until the seventh round when Taylor took a step back letting Davies do most of the work, Davies took advantage of this and came out on fire in the eighth determined for a win.  Taylor came out with a fresh head in the 9th though and again outboxed Davies for the remainder of the fight with the judges scoring it 97/94, 97/95, 100/92 in favour of Lewis Taylor. Suffice it to say Davies took the fight with only two weeks’ notice, given more time to prepare the outcome may have gone the other way; the only way to find out would be a rematch.

Fighting for the super middleweight IBO youth title, both hailing from Sheffield was Liam Cameron (15-3-0) (11st 13lb) and Wayne Reed (10-7-0) (11st 12lb) over 10 x 3 minute rounds. Another close fight where both gave it their all, while Reed came out all guns blazing in the opening rounds, landing enough to keep his opponent on their toes. Cameron opted for a more relaxed approach, defended well and placed every punch perfectly.Liam Cameron Cameron started to wear Reed down as early as the third round and a good combination of punches in the fourth saw Reed receive nasty swelling to his right eye. In the fifth Cameron worked on Reed’s eye which opened up into a nasty cut but a gallant Reed countered well and as Cameron started tire Reed took advantage. Reed then fought the better fight over the next few rounds with Cameron not doing much more damage until the last round where he almost finished things. The fight was scored a fare 98/92, 98/90, 98/92 to Liam Cameron.

On the undercard we had lightweight Jamie Sampson (8-1-0) (10st 2lb) looking to further his record against journeyman Ibrar Riaz  (4-57-2) (9st 13lb), a long 6 x 3 minute rounds saw Sampson take control and keep calm and composed against a trying Riaz who struggled throughout against a younger and fitter fighter. Riaz had a few moments in the later rounds but was no contest for Sampson who won 60 points to 55.

Also fighting was Ross “The Boss” Burkinshaw (11-5-2) (8st 11lb) against Malkhaz Tatrishvili (7-5-0) (8st 12lb), Tatrishvili definitely gave it a go against a more experienced fighter but was no match for Burkinshaw with the fight being stopped 2:05mins into the fifth round.Femi Fehintola

Sheffield’s Nassa Brothers brought the crowd with them on the night, Pharys Nassa (1-0-0) (8st 8lb) took on Khvicha Gigolashvili (2-4-0) (8st 13lb), Pharys being the better boxer took a 59 to 57 points win while older brother Ramzy Nassa (1-0-0) (8st 8lb) had an easy 60/54 points win over David Kvaratskhelia (3-8-0) (8st 7lb).

Bradford’s Femi Fehintola (24-3-0) (10st 1lb) met an awkward fighter in Newcastle’s Dougie Curran (9-25-3) (10st), Curran who’s tougher than his record suggests gave his all but Fehintola always gave more and won by a close 58 points to 57, Hassan Ahmed (5-0-0) (8st 4lb) remains undefeated beating Francis Croes (1-25-0) (8st 5lb) by a  40/37 points win and Uzair Najib (2-0-0) (9st 1lb) was up against Aivaras Balsys (1-8-0) (9st 1lb), Balsys was no match for Najib who ended proceedings 2:45mins into the second round.

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.


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.