RYAN’S RIB-BUSTER

Wel­ter prospect Martin re­bounds in clin­i­cal fash­ion

Boxing News - - Action - Will Hale

SWIN­DON’S Ryan Martin ex­ploded back into ac­tion as he stopped Ge­or­gian

Nikoloz Gva­java after 1-31 in the sec­ond of a six-threes in head­lin­ing a Tri­fecta-pro­moted card at the MECA.

Ref­eree Lee Cook com­pleted the full count over the East­ern Euro­pean after Martin landed with a sick­en­ing shot to the ribs which Nikoloz clearly had no idea could be de­liv­ered with such venom.

In the opener, Gva­java was re­laxed, or­gan­ised and in­tent on show­ing Ryan that his power was of no con­cern. But Martin set up the punch won­der­fully with dis­tract­ing head shots and thank­fully Gva­java, who re­cov­ered after med­i­cal at­ten­tion, was able to leave the ring un­der his own steam.

Ex­eter’s Harry Webb scored a four- threes shutout over Brain­tree’s Dy­lan Draper on Jeff Hinds’ tally.

Webb stalked his man and ap­plied con­sis­tent pres­sure in forc­ing Dy­lan into sur­vival mode from the early stages. De­spite ef­fec­tive body­work and some eye-catch­ing up­per­cuts, Harry couldn’t quite set up the early fin­ish.

Bris­tol’s David Bailey tuned up for a Celtic ti­tle try next time out as he scored a 39-38 four-threes ver­dict over Lithua­nia’s Remigi­jus Zi­ausys on Mr Cook’s card. Bailey has got an ex­cep­tional en­gine and punch out­put. He strung se­quences of com­bi­na­tions to­gether over all four ses­sions.

Zi­ausys, a tough cam­paigner, was able to counter ef­fec­tively to force the con­test to a tight fin­ish.

Mr Hinds of­fi­ci­ated two debu­tants who boxed over four-threes. Firstly, Wit­ney’s Bradley Townsend im­pressed in best­ing Manchester’s Dale Ar­row­smith by 40-37. Townsend was sharp and ac­cu­rate, but Dale was of­ten able to take the st­ing out of his work by par­tially catch­ing shots on the gloves.

Sec­ondly, Swin­don’s Bec Con­nolly shut out Poland’s Mon­ica An­tonik in an ac­tion-packed af­fair in which both traded leather fre­quently and freely. Con­nolly over­came a nasty swelling on her fore­head which seemed to come from a clash of heads in the opener.

Swin­don first-timer Bron­wyn Duff was held to a four-threes 38-38 draw against Bul­gar­ian Teodora Hris­tova for Mr Cook. Duff was de­ter­mined and was the busier, but Hris­tova man­aged to counter well as Bron­wyn tired.

THE VER­DICT Martin de­liv­ers a bru­tal fin­ish to bounce back in style after his Michael Mck­in­son loss last time out in April.

Photo: NAOMI YOUD

CON­NEC­TION: Martin lands a right hook on Gva­java

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