MA­TURE MULC­AHY

Lo­cal Ryan shuts out Pu­plauskas over eight rounds

Boxing News - - Action - Chris Walker

IT was Steve Wood’s VIP pro­mo­tional group that brought pro­fes­sional box­ing to the Liver­pool Con­ven­tion Cen­tre for the first time, and those who came along were treated to a ma­ture per­for­mance from Cen­tral Area 140lb cham­pion Ryan Mulc­ahy.

The lo­cal tried a va­ri­ety of at­tacks against awk­ward Lithua­nian Edv­inas Pu­plauskas. As the fight wore on, Mulc­ahy grew more con­fi­dent and a well-placed body shot in the sev­enth ses­sion was enough for Mark Lyson to hand an eight-count to the stricken Pu­plauskas. In­stead of dish­ing out fur­ther pun­ish­ment, Mulc­ahy re­mained re­served in the fi­nal round and was handed an 80-72 re­sult from the of­fi­cial.

Jack Arn­field took a rou­tine six-round ver­dict against Den­aby Main’s Adam Jones. Oc­cu­py­ing a com­fort­able po­si­tion within the WBA rank­ings, Arn­field will seek much more lu­cra­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties in 2018, but he was happy enough to just keep him­self in front against Jones, as he landed the more telling shots through­out. Steve Gray scored 60-54 in the Black­pool man’s favour.

Liver­pool’s Jay Far­rell was ex­plo­sive from the open­ing bell as he stalked Jamie Am­bler with men­ac­ing pur­pose for the ma­jor­ity of the first round. His per­se­ver­ance was re­warded when a stun­ning left hook rocked the Welsh­man. Ref­eree Gray in­ter­vened mo­ments later with only 2-31 on the clock.

Steve Bro­gan from nearby Skelmers­dale recorded a much needed win against Ibrar Riyaz, but he was made to work hard in the fight’s sec­ond half for the 60-55 card. Bro­gan dom­i­nated the first three rounds, but a right hand from Riyaz in the fourth mo­men­tar­ily trou­bled him and it raised the Read­ing boxer’s con­fi­dence. The fi­nal two ses­sions saw both fight­ers en­joy suc­cess, but there was no doubt who the vic­tor was as Bro­gan had his hand raised by Mr Lyson.

Two Liver­pool fight­ers got their ca­reers off to the best pos­si­ble starts as Sean Cairns and Nathan Ben­nett ar­rived on the pro scene with well-de­served points wins. Cairns be­came the lat­est name to tackle Sh­effield’s much-trav­elled An­war Al­fadli and he han­dled the ex­pe­ri­ence well by be­ing ag­gres­sive from the be­gin­ning. Mr Lyson’s score­card of 39-38 will tell read­ers that this was a tightly con­tested af­fair, but Cairns was far more dom­i­nant than the tally sug­gested.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween Ben­nett and Lithua­nia’s An­drej Cepur was a lot wider, as the for­mer Kirk­dale ABC star left an im­pres­sion on those in at­ten­dance. A stu­dent at Derry Mathew’s gym, Ben­nett ex­celled in the first two rounds with a num­ber of right up­per­cuts and left hooks that re­peat­edly found the ex­posed tar­get of Cepur. The wise vet­eran be­came ac­cus­tomed to the tac­tics of Ben­nett half­way through the fight and it was at this point that the suc­cess pre­vi­ously en­joyed by the Merseysider was be­com­ing hard to find. Ben­nett still did enough to win though, and the 40-36 pro­vided to him from Mr Gray was an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion.

There were high hopes that the four­rounder pit­ting Colin Day against Chris Ad­away would ex­cite, but a solid right cross from the for­mer in round one made Ad­away re­treat for the re­minder. Day cut off the ring ex­pertly for some­one who was only hav­ing his fourth fight, and he un­leashed a num­ber of heavy shots when­ever he got close to his op­po­nent. Mr Lyson scored 40-36 for Day.

Ulvert­son’s Ryan Wat­son went the dis­tance with Nuneaton’s Kris­tian Laight

be­fore be­ing de­clared a 40-36 win­ner by Mr Gray. Wat­son landed the more telling punches without ever both­er­ing Laight, and it was ev­i­dent early on that what­ever as­saults he did at­tempt, Laight would al­ways find a way to de­ter him.

This pat­tern was also demon­strated when Chor­ley’s Mark Jef­fers went the six-round du­ra­tion against Ply­mouth’s

Chris­tian Hoskin Gomez. Jef­fers be­gan su­perbly but could not find enough to dampen the en­thu­si­asm of his op­po­nent, who fin­ished quite strongly. De­spite the spir­ited ef­forts of Hoskin Gomez, he was still deemed to be on the wrong side of a 59-55 de­ci­sion from Mr Gray.

Cal­lum Pear­son, of Bar­row in Fur­ness, and Black­burn’s Na­heem Chaudhry

granted their sup­port­ers enough ac­tiv­ity to leave them sat­is­fied as the pair par­tic­i­pated in a de­cent af­fair. Pear­son seemed to have the last word on ev­ery ex­change and that was more than likely the rea­son he col­lected a 40-36 re­sult from Mr Lyson.

THE VER­DICT- Pro­moter Wood con­tin­ues to do the very best he can to keep his bulging sta­ble of North West fight­ers as busy as pos­si­ble.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES

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