RYAN DOES THE DOU­BLE

Matthew beats his fel­low Mid­dle­ton man again – this time for the Cen­tral Area belt

Boxing News - - Action - Andy Whit­tle

THE score handed down in favour of chal­lenger Matthew Ryan at the con­clu­sion of an all-mid­dle­ton Cen­tral Area mid­dleweight ti­tle bout against old ad­ver­sary Dar­ryl Sharp fails to give a true re­flec­tion of just how close many of the ses­sions were. It was a point em­pha­sised by the fact a few at ring­side thought that gritty Sharp, beaten over eight when the pair clashed pre­vi­ously and who stuck close early on, might just have nicked it. The card of John Latham how­ever, read 98-93 in Matty’s favour, cred­it­ing him for his busier press­ing tac­tics be­hind the jab and it was ul­ti­mately the Ryan fans who were re­warded with lo­cal brag­ging rights again.

Hav­ing made it quite clear to un­der­fire Bul­gar­ian Ta­yar Mehmed prior to the fifth and penul­ti­mate round of his bout against Manch­ester light-heavy Lyn­don Arthur, that if he lost or spat his gumshield one more time he would be dis­qual­i­fied. Third man Dar­ren Sar­gin­son duly car­ried out his threat at the very end of the ses­sion, an act though maybe a tad harsh, did spare the man from Bur­gos, who had been forced to en­dure a steady and pro­longed one-sided beat­ing, any fur­ther suf­fer­ing.

Knock­out mer­chant Diego Costa,

a Manch­ester-based Brazil­ian, was on form once more, need­ing just half of his four-rounder to over­come Josef Obeslo,

the un­der fire Czech who had al­ready taken some­thing of a shel­lack­ing, be­ing counted out by Jamie Kirk­patrick with the clock read­ing 3-08 after be­ing sent over back­wards by a club­bing left as the bell sounded.

Chelms­ford first timer Lewis Mea­som

had quite a night, not only did he ap­pear in a pair of bor­rowed shorts hav­ing left his own be­hind, but he was then de­feated in just a round by Sean Ben Mul­li­gan.

The Prest­wych man tri­umphed after floor­ing the new start on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, the third time with a weighty right that sent Lewis over back­wards at the close of the round, ref­eree Mr Kirk­patrick abort­ing his count with an of­fi­cial time of 3-04 recorded.

Leeds pair Reece Cartwright and Zahid Hus­sain both ran out win­ners in their re­spec­tive bouts against ex­pe­ri­enced over­seas op­po­si­tion, mid­dleweight Cartwright halt­ing Poland’s Daniel Ur­ban­ski 45 sec­onds from the end of the fourth of a sched­uled six - right hooks drop­ping the vis­i­tor to his knees in cen­tre ring - while un­beaten feather Hus­sain dom­i­nated en route to a shut-out 60-54 vic­tory over Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Jose Aguilar.

There was a first in­side the dis­tance vic­tory for Hyde’s pop­u­lar Stacey Copeland who needed just 247 sec­onds of a sched­uled six-twos to ac­count for Hun­gar­ian Klau­dia Vigh, ref­eree Kirk­patrick in­ter­ven­ing with the out-of-her-depth Bu­dapest fighter, who had been down from a body shot late in the opener, un­der heavy fire.

Two un­beaten Liver­pudlian’s dom­i­nated their re­spec­tive su­per­feath­er­weight fours, Nick Ball ig­nor­ing a bloody nose from an early head clash to mix things up nicely and in so do­ing bam­boo­zle Croa­tia’s al­ways tough An­to­nio Hor­vatic, while in a slower yet thought­ful show­ing, Mar­cel Braithwaite had too much of ev­ery­thing for Barcelona’s Rey­naldo Ca­jina. Both bouts fin­ished 40-36.

Ear­lier in the evening a third Scouser,

Bran­don Daord had needed a frac­tion less than half of a four-rounder against Bul­garia’s Giorgi An­donov to se­cure his fourth paid vic­tory, tri­al­ist ref­eree Kirk­patrick halt­ing pro­ceed­ings with 15 sec­onds of the sec­ond re­main­ing with the ac­tion hav­ing sim­ply be­come too one-sided.

An away boxer who did up­set the ap­ple­cart was tall Lat­vian Edgars Sniedze. He re­quired only 102 sec­onds of a four to dis­pose of New­cas­tle novice Dean Laing, who hav­ing been dropped back­wards by a left cross was still un­steady on ris­ing and was duly counted out by Mr Sar­gin­son.

After los­ing 23 on the bounce, I thought Lon­don-based Ital­ian Vic­tor Edagha had done just enough to edge his four against Liver­pool’s Mick Phillips, ref­eree Latham couldn’t split them though and turned in a card read­ing 38-38.

With mid­night just hav­ing gone, for­mer Com­mon­wealth wel­ter­weight champ

Den­ton Vas­sell closed the show out with a 39-37 suc­cess against Is­ling­ton’s

Jor­dan Gran­num, third man be­ing Mr Latham.

THE VER­DICT A ver­i­ta­ble League of Na­tions on show at Bowlers Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Photo: STEPHANIE TRAPP/RINGSTAR

EDG­ING IT: Ryan pips Sharp again but some ob­servers felt the de­ci­sion was un­just

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