MCKINSON STAYS UN­BEATEN

But there are a cou­ple of shocks on the un­der­card

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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.

Photo: NATALIE MAYHEW

HEAD-HUNTER: Mckinson rocks Petrov with his left

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