BARCLAY BAGS WIN
Simon returns to winning ways against Kalinovskij
CORBY cruiser Simon Barclay, a points loser over 12 against Edinburgh’s Stephen Simmons just over a month earlier, returned to more familiar surroundings and to the Rockingham Forest Hotel where over the much shorter four-round distance he registered win number 10.
Referee-for-the-night Shaun Messer scored him a 39-37 winner over tall Lithuanian Dmitrij Kalinovskij who, in as an 11th-hour sub for Ilkeston’s Russ Henshaw, almost always goes the distance.
Barclay, upping the pace with every passing round, saved his best work for the last, and he looks set to return in March with a 10-rounder in the offing.
The only inside-the-distance winner of the night was Newark’s Chad Sugden
who, with the bit firmly between his teeth, secured a seventh career win by dropping usually durable Sofia native Daniel Borisov to his knees on no less than four occasions in a particularly onesided third round. Mr Messer, by that stage presumably tired of counting, called a halt with 10 seconds of the round still to go. It had been set for six.
Local Darren Murray returned after a couple of years out and was looking for his third paid victory when he went in against Lydney’s Lewis van Poetsch.
It was the Gloucestershire man’s arm that was rightly raised by Mr Messer though, a 39-38 verdict in van Poetsch’s favour being just reward against the crowd favourite who, tiring down the stretch, finished with a cut above the left eyebrow.
Two further fours saw Drew Brown and Dominic Specchio maintain their 100 per cent records. Brown, of Northampton, claimed a 40-35 success over Manchester’s Sam Omidi who, conceding more weight than he would have liked, was counted after walking onto a counter right late in the second. Meanwhile, Kettering’s Specchio impressed in only his second paid outing, taking every session against Newark’s Fonz Alexander.
DETERMINED: Sugden [right] finds a gap in Borisov’s defence