THE BOY IS BACK IN TOWN

Jones con­tin­ues to re­build

Boxing News - - Action - Ge­orge Bearfield

CHING­FORD’S Boy Jones con­tin­ued re­build­ing after his South­ern Area ti­tle loss ear­lier this year, top­ping the bill at the Prince Regent Ho­tel, Chig­well. Fight­ing at light­weight, Jones came out pur­pose­fully against Read­ing jour­ney­man Ibrar Riyaz work­ing ev­ery­thing off his ram­rod left jab, step­ping in with straight rights and hard hooks to the body. By the fourth Riyaz was com­pletely out of ideas, and yelp­ing – as he of­ten does – as Jones teed off on his head and body. But the Read­ing man weath­ered the storm and took it to the fi­nal bell. Jones won a shutout de­ci­sion after eight on the card of show ref­eree, Kieran Mc­cann.

In a lovely ges­ture, Jones af­ter­wards gave his In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge Belt to a young fan who is bat­tling se­ri­ous ill­ness.

The most com­pet­i­tive fight of the night was a six-round su­per-wel­ter­weight clash be­tween Eltham’s Shaquille Day and Ather­ton vet­eran Wil­liam War­b­u­ton. Day be­gan well with his sharper punch­ing at dis­tance, but War­bur­ton’s steady pres­sure be­gan to tell and he came out ag­gres­sively to win the fourth. Day re­cov­ered his com­po­sure, and in the fi­nal round ce­mented the win, fin­ish­ing the fight by wal­lop­ing War­bur­ton with some eye-catch­ing shots, in­clud­ing a long right to the side of the head off the ropes. Mc­cann had it 59-55 for Day at the end.

Rom­ford’s Mikey Sakyi was in de­struc­tive form against Man­cu­nian

Steven Back­house, drop­ping him in the first, with a left to the body-straight right com­bi­na­tion, and flooring him again in the sec­ond with a big right. Back­house rose on ‘seven’ with a cut over his left eye, and his cor­ner ended it at 2-59.

In other fights, Brain­tree’s Billy Bird out­pointed Rochester’s Sonny Whit­ing at mid­dleweight, win­ning each of the four rounds, and Con­nor Vian de­ci­sioned

Vic­tor Edagha 40-37 in the opener at

su­per-wel­ter.

Photo: PHILIP SHARKEY

THE HAT-TRICK: Jones [right] on his way to win­ning a third bout since an up­set loss in Fe­bru­ary

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