Si­mon re­turns to win­ning ways against Kali­novskij

Boxing News - - Action - Andy Whit­tle

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

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