The show goes on, and fea­tures a sur­prise re­sult

Boxing News - - Action - Andy Whit­tle Photo: MARK TIER­NEY/ JOE EL­FIDH BOX­ING

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

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