The show goes on, and features a surprise result
ON yet another show bedevilled by late withdrawals, promoter Joe Elfidh went ahead with a quintet of four-rounders at the North Notts Community Arena, all but one of which saw home boxers emerge victorious via the long route.
The one exception was in the afternoon’s curtain-raiser where, conceding a chunk of weight to Sheffield’s more experienced Nathan Hardy (in at the 11th hour as a replacement for Liam Wright), Lincoln’s previously unbeaten Jordan Mcloughlin was edged out by just a single point. Referee-for-the-show Kevin Parker scored 39-38 in favour of the Yorkshireman, who was a little too savvy throughout, and who bloodied Jordan’s nose late in the opener.
Sheffield’s Yemen-born Hassan Ahmed returned to the ring for the first time in over three years and experienced little by way of trouble en route to his seventh straight win, with Kent’s Ricky Leach – on the receiving end for the most part – offering little. Good movement throughout, coupled with a nice shot selection, much of it coming off the back foot, paved the way for a shutout 40-36 win for the Steel City stylist.
Cruiser Dan Cooper, of Lincolnshire, now training at the Ingle’s famous Wincobank gym, didn’t drop a round either as he handed Jiri Svacina of Czech Republic his 16th paid loss. It had looked in the early stages as if Dan might be on for an early finish, but Svacina, while bested by a distance, managed to make it through to the final bell.
Nottingham’s Omari Grant, particularly quick out of the blocks, outpointed Barry’s game JD Jones 40-36 in an always-watchable encounter, closer than the score might suggest.
Meanwhile, bearded Kyle Fox, of Hatfield near Doncaster, proved too strong for Slovakia’s shorter Rudolph Durica who, under the cosh from the outset, had a point deduced for holding before the first round was out. Fox won 40-35.
THE VERDICT Hard-working ex-pro Elfidh serves up a little Sunday service in Nottinghamshire.
TOO STRONG: Fox [right] has too much for Durica