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Wheeler turns on the style in to turn back chal­lenge of Speight

Boxing News - - Action - Gareth Jones

UN­BEATEN Frome su­per-feather Ryan

Wheeler passed his tough­est test when he out­pointed for­mer Bri­tish ti­tle chal­lenger Jamie Speight over six-threes at Ash­ton Gate.

The 24-year-old Som­er­set south­paw’s ac­cu­rate lead was sup­ple­mented by sharp com­bi­na­tions, but the ring­wise Speight’a head move­ment and fleet­ness of foot made him an elu­sive tar­get in the early stages. As the Devo­nian tired, Ryan en­joyed greater suc­cess, but Jamie did enough to share the last on Kieran Mccann’s 60-55 card.

The other six-twos brought vic­tory for pop­u­lar Dan Sarkozi, but the lo­cal wel­ter con­tin­ues to in­fu­ri­ate his cor­ner­men with his ten­ta­tive ap­proach. De­spite a reach ad­van­tage over Is­ling­ton’s Jor­dan Gran­num, Sarkozi was re­peat­edly short with his jabs, seem­ingly re­luc­tant to step into range. The North Lon­doner came on late, but Dan still edged it 58-57 for ref­eree Lee Ev­ery.

The other bouts were all four-threes, with the clash between We­ston’s Liam Hunt and Welsh­man Geraint Goodridge the best. Goodridge, from Port Talbot, took an all-ac­tion opener, Hunt con­trolled the mid­dle two and Geraint dom­i­nated the last. Mr Ev­ery’s 38-38 looked fair. Nathan Hal­ton, from Torquay, dropped win­less Scott Hill­man (East­bourne) in the first and strolled to 40-35 from Mr Mccann, while Bris­to­lian Aaron Sut­ton was a 40-36 win­ner for the same of­fi­cial against Warmin­ster’s

Paul Cum­mings, while Mr Ev­ery matched that mar­gin for an­other lo­cal,

Tyler Davies, over Brain­tree trier Dy­lan Draper.

Mr Ev­ery also scored 40-36 as two im­ports took their lumps bravely. Hun­gar­ian Nor­bert Szek­eres stood up well to re­turn­ing Glouces­ter man Rob

Board­man, but per­haps it is time to say farewell to shop­worn Lat­vian Jev­genijs

An­drejevs af­ter his loss to Yeovil-raised Pole Pawel Au­gust, his 33rd de­feat on Bri­tish soil. The only early end­ing came when Torquay’s Adam Ban­nis­ter in­jured an an­kle when floored by home­towner Tim Cut­ler late in the opener and pulled out in the in­ter­val.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/AN­DREW COULDRIDGE

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