Denny outscores Stokes to claim Area belt

Boxing News - - Action - Matt Bozeat

ROW­LEY REGIS south­paw Tyler Denny

jumped for joy after cap­tur­ing the va­cant Mid­lands Area mid­dleweight cham­pi­onship by out­point­ing Tom Stokes on Er­rol John­son’s BCB Pro­mo­tions show at a noisy Town Hall. The score­card of ref­eree-for-the-night Kevin Parker read 96-94 after 10 good rounds.

I had it wider for Denny. For me, the 26-year-old was well ahead after six, found it tougher in next three as he started to feel the pace, then dragged a big last three min­utes out of him­self as Stokes went for the knock­out he needed. On Mr Parker’s score­card – the only one that mat­ters – Denny won the first six, Stokes the last four.

In many of the rounds Denny car­ried out his pre-fight prom­ise to out­smart the West Bromwich ticket-seller. He ap­peared to bank the early frames by stand­ing off, beat­ing Stokes to the punch and coun­ter­ing. Stokes is known as a com­bi­na­tion-puncher, but it was Denny, the more re­laxed of the two, who con­trolled the pace early on.

By the fifth, the out­num­bered Denny sup­port­ers were mak­ing them­selves heard and at the end of the round, there was con­cern in Stokes’ cor­ner. Man­ager John­son told him to get his feet closer and let his hands go, but Denny was hard to hit – and quick to counter with sin­gles and flur­ries. The first round Stokes won on my card was the sev­enth. He piled on the pres­sure and with Denny’s mouth hang­ing open and his punches lack­ing their pre­vi­ous snap, a turn­around looked pos­si­ble. The eighth be­longed to Stokes as well, but the last two were closer as Denny found more.

John­son said he be­lieves Wolver­hamp­ton switcher Kyle Wil­liams

can be a force at fly­weight after watch­ing him ex­tend his un­beaten record. Wil­liams scaled 117lbs 10oz for his sixth straight win, a six-threes shutout against out­gunned 42-year-old Es­to­nian Sergey Tasi­mov.

For round after round, Wil­liams walked down his smaller op­po­nent, launch­ing big hooks and up­per­cuts from his waist. Tasi­mov looked dis­or­gan­ised in the sec­ond – he was get­ting hit hard by punches he didn’t see com­ing – and at the end of the third, Mr Parker went to check on him in his cor­ner after a tor­rid end to the ses­sion. Tasi­mov was un­der fire at the bell after Wil­liams buzzed him with a south­paw back hand.

There was a stop­page in the sched­uled six be­tween Bloxwich’s James Beech Jnr and Russ Mid­g­ley. Mr Parker stepped in to res­cue Mid­g­ley 40 sec­onds into the third.

The Leeds jour­ney­man had been over late in the sec­ond for a brief count. Beech had tried an arc­ing, chop­ping right through­out the ses­sion and when it landed, Mid­g­ley started to come apart. Beech fol­lowed up to force him to the floor – adding an ex­tra right hand when he was on one knee to earn a telling off.

The bell went be­fore an­other punch was thrown and Beech set about Mid­g­ley at the start of the third, driv­ing him around the ring with two-fisted at­tacks. Mr Parker waved it off after Beech con­nected with a right up­per­cut-left hook that knocked Mid­g­ley into the ropes.

New­cas­tle-un­der-lyme’s well­sup­ported Luke Caci was a 40-35 points win­ner over Cur­tis Gargano. Box­ing be­hind a sharp jab, Caci was al­ways dom­i­nant, and though Mid­dle­ton’s Gargano sought to buy him­self a few sec­onds with some clown­ing in the last two rounds, he never looked badly hurt or close to go­ing down.

In a four-threes be­tween novices, Danny Ball out­pointed the too-neg­a­tive Bri­erly Hill south­paw MJ Hall 40-37. Hall ended the fight with a graze un­der his left eye­brow.

The best ac­tion came to­wards the end of the third, pre­sum­ably the round Mr Parker scored level.

Ball shipped a clean left hook in an ex­change that brought gasps from his cor­ner, but kept swing­ing with Hall un­til the bell and was the ag­gres­sor through­out the last.

In the four-twos show-opener, Wolver­hamp­ton switch-hit­ter Lau­ren “Black Widow” John­son out­pointed Borislava Go­ra­nova 40-37.

Back from a hand in­jury that had kept her out since March, John­son walked Go­ra­nova around the ring for three rounds be­fore a more com­pet­i­tive last when the Bul­gar­ian had spells on the front foot.

THE VER­DICT Denny tri­umphs in battle of un­beat­ens.


CHARG­ING IN: Denny [right] goes on the at­tack against Stokes

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