THE BOY IS BACK IN TOWN
Jones continues to rebuild
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
THE HAT-TRICK: Jones [right] on his way to winning a third bout since an upset loss in February