MCKINSON STAYS UNBEATEN
But there are a couple of shocks on the undercard
BESET by withdrawals (even on the day of the show), Warrior Boxing Promotions still served up a nine-bout programme that the fans at Westcroft Leisure Centre enjoyed. Southpaw Michael Mckinson won his 12th contest in a row, well outpointing Lithuania’s Matrio Petrov over six. Referee Kieran Mccann scored it 59-55.
Belfast’s Mckinson rocked Petrov in the first with a left hook and stayed on top in a bout that got scrappy and untidy at times. Petrov did raise a bump under Mckinson’s right eye in the fourth, but Mckinson really stepped things up in the last two, beating his man to the punch and bundling him over in the last (no count).
Clapham’s Kirk Garvey gave away weight, but clearly outscored experienced Latvian Jevgenijs Andrejevs, referee Chas Coakley scoring 60-54. Garvey quickly found the range against his southpaw opponent, and when he opened up in the second, Andrejevs held on.
Garvey continued to dominate, and a bump appeared under the visitor’s left eye in the fourth.
Louis Adolphe (Wimbledon) made it seven straight wins, beating Plymouth’s elusive Chris Adaway 60-54 for Mr Mccann. Adaway was down in the first (and took his time getting up) after being shoved with the forearm, for which Adolphe was warned.
Adaway kept out of range as much as possible, while Adolphe chased and tried to pin him down. A frustrated Adolphe picked up more warnings, for holding his opponent’s head in the third and use of the head in the last.
Five four-rounders and a female sixtwos completed the bill, with the former producing a couple of shocks. Plymouth’s Christian Hoskin Gomez was without a win in his last nine (one draw), but overcame Reading’s unbeaten O’shane Clarke for a third-round stoppage.
Clarke dominated the first two, looking for openings and scoring with long lefts. But Gomez kept pressing forward, and a pair of right uppercuts at the end of the second proved ominous.
Gomez kept up the pressure in the third, while Clarke went on the move, and hit back when he could, but a right put him down for ‘seven’, and Gomez followed up with both hands. With Clarke taking stick, referee Lee Cook waved it off at 2-45.
Two years after his (losing) debut, Chichester-based Zambian Mwenya Chisanga came back to upset Camberley’s popular Jonny Phillips, referee Coakley scoring 39-37. Southpaw Chisanga used his reach to stop Phillips getting close. Phillips started putting shots together effectively in the third (which saw Chisanga warned for headwork), but Chisanga regained control in the last, pressing forward and forcing Phillips to hold.
Hungarian Gabor Balogh last boxed in March 2014, but shocked Brixton’s
John Harding Jnr with a secondround knockdown. But Harding quickly recovered and ran out a 38-37 winner for referee Cook.
Harding boxed well in the first, making Balogh miss and then opening up. However, in the second Harding walked onto a right and went down. He was up at once for the eight-count, and started putting shots together, though a Balogh attack had him backing off.
Harding countered well in the third as Balogh came forward, landing the occasional solid shot, and a prolonged burst from Harding in the last sealed it. Balogh finished with damage to both eyes.
Two debutants scored comfortable wins. Farnborough’s Andre Grant dropped Joe Beeden (Swindon) in the first and stayed on top to take a 40-35 win from Mr Coakley. A right to the head had Beeden over, though he was up quickly. Grant kept up the pressure, while Beeden looked to move out of trouble, and things got rather scrappy, though Beeden hit back gamely after getting caught in the third.
Marc Rice dominated Braintree’s
Dylan Draper and duly took Mr Mccann’s 40-36 verdict.
Rice kept up the pressure throughout, and was especially successful with the right. Mr Mccann warned Rice for a low blow in the fourth, and Rice promptly launched a two-fisted attack that had Draper holding on.
Though lighter, Buckinghamshire’s
Hannah Raskin looked altogether bigger than Bulgaria’s Borislava Goranova, and walked her down throughout to collect referee Cook’s 60-54 verdict.
THE VERDICT Headaches for the promoter, but fans enjoy the show.
HEAD-HUNTER: Mckinson rocks Petrov with his left