WIN FOR WADI
Camacho retains his title and his place in the domestic rankings
CANNING TOWN southpaw Wadi Camacho retained his Southern Area cruiserweight title with a close points win (97-95) over Willesden’s tough Ossie Jervier on a stacked 18-fight card at York Hall.
The pair were cautious in the early rounds. Camacho kept the fight long behind a stiff jab and stayed on the outside where he was most effective. Jervier had success up close in the middle stages, where he worked short hooks to the body, while his right hand connected well over the top. Camacho let his left hand go more late on to secure the verdict.
Strood’s Louis Greene dug deep in an exciting toe-to-toe slugfest and beat Islington’s Freddy Kiwitt to become the new Southern Area welterweight champion. Kiwitt took control of the fight early on by boxing off the back foot. Greene found his rhythm more in the sixth round and applied measured pressure. In the eighth, the contest caught fire and the noise levels upped. The duo threw bombs in the final frames, with Greene looking the more impressive as he switched hooks from head to body. Referee Kieran Mccann scored the contest 97-95 in favour of Greene.
In a final eliminator for Camacho’s title, Titchfield’s Danny Couzens inflicted Spiros Demetriou’s first defeat, outpointing him 98-91 on referee Mccann’s scorecard. Edmonton’s Spiros had success in the early rounds with his right hand, when he came in low under the guard of the bigger man. Couzens took his time to get going, but when he did he put his shots together well. Couzens had Demetriou down in the sixth with a flush counter right hand, and Spiros did well to see the fight out, despite being hurt and exhausted.
Richmond’s Chris Davies secured a controlled 40-36 decision over Middleton’s Curtis Gargano from referee Chas Coakley, while the same official also awarded Hayes southpaw Mitchell Preedy a 39-37 victory against awkward Brightonian Iain Jackson.
Ilford’s Ramez Mahmood stopped Bulgaria’s Stefan Sashov at 2-32 of the third round after sending him to the canvas three times with body shots (Mr Mccann officiated). Meanwhile, slick Silvertown southpaw Daniel Mendes outpointed Czech Jan Hrazdira 60-54 on Ian John Lewis’ slate.
Finchley’s forceful Charlie Beardon showed his class to outpoint Stourbridge’s tricky Kevin Mccauley 40-37 for Mr Coakley, and Abbots Langley man Paul Greenidge made an impressive entrance in the pro ranks with a 40-37 win against Bulgaria’s Borislav Zankov. Greenidge displayed great footwork and created good angles to get the nod from Mr Coakley.
Chingford’s Liam Dillon forced a knockdown in the opening round with a right hand, and went on to outscore Yate’s brave Harvey Hemsley 40-35 on Mr Mccann’s card.
Bushey’s Miles Shinkwin dominated Croatia’s durable Josip Perkovic,
earning a 59-55 victory. Shinkwin applied constant pressure, digging in hooks to the body. Perkovic came back with heavy counters, but this wasn’t enough to unsettle Miles, despite his face being heavily marked up.
The highlight of the undercard saw Luton’s Linus Udofia overcome Brixton’s Ashley Bailey Dumetz with an impressive fifth-round stoppage. A devastating right hand sent Dumetz to the canvas, where he was halted at 1-08 by Mr Coakley.
Finchley’s Ollie Pattison outpointed Bulgaria’s tough Tayar Mehmed 58-57 in Mr Mccann’s view, while Newham’s Ryan Walker vanquished Croatia’s Antonio Horvatic with a 39-37 win for Mr John Lewis.
Oli Edwards of Sheerness outpointed Trowbridge’s tough Dan Blackwell,
winning 40-36 on Mr John Lewis’ scorecard. Hayes’ Ricky Heavens also
registered a 40-36 success, against Newton Abbot’s Jack Green.
Enfield’s Tunji Ogunniya scored a dominant 40-36 victory over Islington’s
Jordan Grannum (Mr John Lewis), while Peterborough’s Sam Barron claimed the same shutout score against Poland’s
THE VERDICT Camacho keeps his Southern Area strap, but Kiwitt loses his.
HEAVY HANDS: Camacho ploughs into Jervier during a tight encounter