Nathan and Nina are both winners in Nottinghamshire
PARTNERS Nathan Mcintosh and Nina Bradley both triumphed in their respective four-rounders at Newark Showground.
Having suffered only the second loss of his career four months ago, Nottingham’s Mcintosh bounced back by shutting out experienced Lithuanian Arvydas Trizno.
Local Nina, meanwhile, ran out a 40-35 winner (two-minute rounds) in only her second paid contest. It was a keenly fought encounter against Hungary’s
Klaudia Vigh, who hung in well under fire after being sent to the canvas following a spell of sustained pressure midway through the second.
Tall Newark debutant Olly Marple bossed his four against Dinnington’s Darren Snow, but despite his best attempts at chopping the Yorkshireman down with a multitude of body shots, he was forced to settle for a 40-36 victory.
Cheered on by a noisy band of followers from a dozen miles down the road in Ollerton, Ben Eland had a little too much for Hyde’s still-winless Mike Castell. Referee-for-the-afternoon Shaun Messer scored Eland a 40-37 winner – a tally that looked spot on.
Lydney’s Lewis van Poetsch hit too hard and too often for Nottingham-based Welshman Carwyn Herbert, who was having his first outing since securing a BBBOFC licence. I had this one a little wider than Mr Messer’s 39-38, but no matter – the right man still got the nod.
A slightly odd ending to the closing bout of the afternoon came when Clacton’s Justin Johnson, having endured a spell of intense pressure at the end of the third against local novice Jake Sharp, opted not to retire during the interval, despite lengthy consultations with Mr Messer.
Johnson had an apparent change of heart and remained on his stool after the bell sounded to start the fourth. The finish, rather than going down as a retirement, was announced as coming one second into the final round.
THE VERDICT Sunday afternoon shows seem to be growing in popularity, as a more-than-decentsized crowd bears witness to this latest Carl Greaves offering.
ONE FOR THE ALBUM: Mcintosh [right] and Bradley [second from left] celebrate with Team Greaves