PYATT’S EASY NIGHT
MAIN domestic report of the week was the Royal Albert Hall show that saw Chris Pyatt become European super-welterweight (or light-middleweight as it was known back then) champion with a 97-second destruction of John van Elteren.
Leicester’s Pyatt had been set to challenge Said Skouma for the crown in Rome a couple of weeks later, but the tough Frenchman vacated and in came 13-1-1 Van Elteren, a much easier opponent. Indeed, Editor Harry Mullan was so unimpressed by the Dutchman that he opined, “It is doubtful whether there has ever been a less qualified contender”.
Pyatt dropped him with his “first significant punch”, a long right to the head, and cut him on the left eye before forcing a standing count and finally flooring him with a wide left hook.