STOKES ON SONG

Sam re­peats the trick against old vic­tim

Boxing News - - Action -

AFTER an ab­sence of al­most 20 years, pro box­ing had re­turned to Southend just five months pre­vi­ously, but with this third suc­ces­sive show go­ing ahead at the Sky­lark Ho­tel, lo­cal fight fans are hav­ing their hunger sated.

A quar­tet of four-rounders were on the menu for this lat­est serv­ing from pro­moter Mark Prior, with three shutout points wins and a re­tire­ment vic­tory com­ing the way of the home box­ers.

The early fin­ish, gar­nered by lo­cal favourite Sam Stokes, came at the con­clu­sion of the third round of a bout against old ad­ver­sary

Richard Har­ri­son, of Chess­ing­ton, over whom Sam had re­turned to win­ning ways after his sole ca­reer loss with a 40-37 suc­cess at this very same venue back in May.

Swansea’s two-time Bri­tish su­per-light­weight ti­tle chal­lenger

Chris Jenkins banked a one-sided 40-36 win over a fully fledged su­per-wel­ter­weight in the guise of Slo­vakia’s Ru­dolf Durica who, a fort­night ear­lier, had been bested by York­shire­man Kyle Fox.

Jenkins had re­turned to the win col­umn in May with a six-ses­sion points tri­umph over Ply­mouth’s Chris Ad­away, after suf­fer­ing the first two re­verses of his ca­reer – back-to-back points losses at the hands of Hud­der­s­field’s Ty­rone Nurse (in their Bri­tish 140lb ti­tle re­match fol­low­ing an ear­lier draw), and Dubliner Philip Sut­cliffe Jnr.

Also vic­to­ri­ous via the shutout route against over­seas op­po­si­tion was Sit­ting­bourne’s Jack Raines. He in­flicted a 67th ca­reer de­feat on Lithua­nia’s Si­mas Volosi­nas.

The re­main­ing 40-36 win went the way of West­cliff-on-sea-based Pole Peter Mirga who, de­spite con­ced­ing a lit­tle weight, proved too much for Swin­don’s “Busy Bee” Joe Bee­den. Kieran Mccann and Lee Ev­ery shared ref­er­ee­ing du­ties.

THE VER­DICT Just a four-fight of­fer­ing in Southend, but it’s still ap­pre­ci­ated by the lo­cals.

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