SPOILSPORT

Edagha’s spoil­ing tac­tics can­not pre­vent him from suf­fer­ing an­other loss

Boxing News - - Action - Andy Whit­tle

A SHOW at the Kings Hall, on the verge of be­ing can­celled ear­lier in the week due to prob­lems with po­ten­tial op­po­nents, fi­nally went ahead as sched­uled, with a quar­tet of con­tests and an ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing served up.

The four-round main event – a bout be­tween Ut­tox­eter’s pop­u­lar Josh Groom­bridge and South­wark-based Ital­ian Victor Edagha – was soured by the vis­i­tor’s propen­sity to hold and spoil when­ever the oc­ca­sion pre­sented it­self. This tac­tic duly earned Edagha the de­duc­tion of a point by ref­eree- for-the-night John Latham who, as early as the sec­ond round, had al­ready grown tired of hand­ing out warn­ings.

Tat­tooed Groom­bridge, a 40-35 win­ner at the fin­ish, might have had a mod­icum more suc­cess had he taken a step back at times in an at­tempt to evade the clutches of the as-yet-win­less Edagha, but he ul­ti­mately fin­ished frus­trated de­spite main­tain­ing his 100 per cent record.

Kil­la­marsh’s ever-watch­able Lee Con­nelly, who al­most al­ways finds him­self in the away cor­ner, bagged him­self a rare vic­tory by the nar­row­est of mar­gins. Mr Latham’s card read 58-57 at the con­clu­sion of a six-twos against Nuneaton’s Kris­tian Laight. Lee’s bet­ter workrate won out against an op­po­nent punch­ing for pay for the 273rd time.

Han­ley first-timer Ja­mal Le Doux faced a tough bap­tism over four against Mid­dle­ton’s shaven­headed Cen­tral Area mid­dleweight champ Dar­ryl Sharp, but he came through un­scathed at the fin­ish of a good lit­tle scrap and recorded a 40-36 de­but win.

New­cas­tle-un­der-lyme’s Rhasian Ear­ling­ton fin­ished a 40-35 win­ner against 11th-hour sub Elvis Dube, the out­classed Derby man be­ing floored in a neu­tral cor­ner very late in the opener by a chop­ping right.

A four-twos ex­hi­bi­tion be­tween Stoke’s Chris Nixon and one-bout Birm­ing­ham novice Jar­rett Do­herty – a good deal feistier than is usu­ally the case – had opened the show and was re­ceived well by the as­sem­bled Pot­ter­ies fight fans.

THE VER­DICT A cou­ple of gritty un­der­card bouts make up for a dis­ap­point­ing bill-top­per.

Photo: JANE WARBURTON

CLINCH­ING: The clash be­tween Groom­bridge [right] and Edagha gets scrappy at times

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