Jamie floors Gut­mans three times en route to a quick-fire stop­page

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bank against Remigi­jus Zi­ausys. The un­beaten 27-year-old heard the fi­nal bell for only the sec­ond time, Steve Hawkins mark­ing him a shutout 60-54 win­ner.

Red­fearn, also in con­tention for Area hon­ours, was very mea­sured in his ap­proach. On two oc­ca­sions, heavy rights drove Zi­ausys back and seemed to trou­ble the vis­i­tor, but he did not go for a fin­ish. The Lithua­nian proved a sturdy op­po­nent. Fight­ing be­hind a high guard, of­ten pinned against the ropes, he en­sured Red­fearn got 18 min­utes in the tank.

Joe Maphosa made it two wins from two since turn­ing pro­fes­sional by breez­ing through four rounds against An­war Al­fadli. Thorn­aby’s former Team GB fly­weight was, pre­dictably, a level above the Sh­effield jour­ney­man. Maphosa was bright and ac­cu­rate, mov­ing nicely, while three times Al­fadli threw him­self through the air the­atri­cally, only to miss by the prover­bial mile. “Smokin’ Joe” ap­peared to knock An­war off bal­ance with a left hook in the third, but the bout went to Mr Hawkins’ score­card, which read 40-36.

County Durham’s Chad El­lis made a con­fi­dent start to his ca­reer when he de­feated a fa­mil­iar vis­i­tor to the North-east, James Gor­man. El­lis, from Spen­ny­moor, looks a wel­come and wor­thy ad­di­tion to the paid ranks. How of­ten do we see a debu­tant try too hard or be bro­ken by nerves? There were no such wor­ries with El­lis, whose dou­ble jabs and strong right found the head of the vet­eran North­ern Ir­ish­man. A short, sharp left from Gor­man to the chin in the sec­ond round wel­comed Chad to the pro game, but that aside it was one-way traf­fic, with Mr Hawklns scor­ing it 40-36.

Dar­ling­ton’s Chris Wood ex­tended his win­ning se­quence to four with a rou­tine 40-36 suc­cess from Mr Wil­liams over Russ Mid­g­ley. Wood loved his left hand and re­lied heav­ily on it, with some hooks to the Leeds feather­weight’s body be­ing the pick of the shots.

THE VER­DICT Some fine show­ings from a clutch of North-east fighters with im­pres­sive po­ten­tial.


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