Local Ryan shuts out Puplauskas over eight rounds
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.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Mulcahy is now 10-0 after impressive display