RYAN DOES THE DOUBLE
Matthew beats his fellow Middleton man again – this time for the Central Area belt
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.
EDGING IT: Ryan pips Sharp again but some observers felt the decision was unjust