DAVIES MAKES IT 10

But Sharp makes him ght for it

Boxing News - - Action - Si­mon Euan-smith

RICH­MOND’S Chris Davies made it 10 straight, tak­ing the ver­dict over Mid­dle­ton’s Dar­ryl Sharp af­ter a lively eight-rounder at York Hall.

Though there was a lot of miss­ing, with both fall­ing short, it was al­ways en­ter­tain­ing. South­paw Sharp coun­tered well as Davies pressed for­ward, and hit back when caught on the ropes (he was trapped in a neu­tral cor­ner in both the sixth and seventh). Gen­er­ally Davies was on tar­get that bit more, and was well worth his 78-76 vic­tory from ref­eree Mar­cus Mcdon­nell.

As­ton­ish­ingly, it was Sharp’s 25th straight loss (all but one on points) since beat­ing Ben Davies for the va­cant Cen­tral Area mid­dleweight ti­tle in May last year. He’s a lot bet­ter than the fig­ures sug­gest.

Adrian Red­man (In­gate­stone) also met with de­cent re­sis­tance be­fore post­ing a six-round ver­dict over Slo­vakian Andrej Moravek, ref­eree Robert Wil­liams scor­ing 58-56.

Moravek showed im­me­di­ately that he’d come to fight, and a two-fisted at­tack had Martin hold­ing in the first. But Martin came back strongly in the sec­ond, land­ing right hands, and in the fourth solid jabs knocked Moravek’s head back. But Moravek al­ways fought back, though he was stag­gered by a right in the last (pos­si­bly caught off-bal­ance).

Sen­sa­tion of the night on this Good­win Pro­mo­tion bill came in the four-round cur­tain-closer, with Bulgarian Ge­orgi Georgiev halt­ing Il­ford-based Zim­bab­wean Prince Brady in two min­utes 37 sec­onds. Here too the vis­i­tor clearly hadn’t just come to take the money. Georgiev moved well and coun­tered ac­cu­rately – Brady came af­ter him, switch­ing stance, but was caught by a left-right to the chin that had him sprawl­ing in his back. He was up at five, but lurched un­steadily – and ref­eree Mark Bates fin­ished the eight-count and waved it off.

Lon­doner Martin Foru had a dream de­but, knock­ing out Hun­gar­ian At­tila Ti­bor Nagy in two min­utes 40 sec­onds of a sched­uled four. A right to the body sent Nagy down in a de­layed re­ac­tion – he got up quickly but Foru was on him as soon as the count fin­ished. Foru landed freely with both hands, to head and body – and fi­nally Nagy went down on one knee, not at­tempt­ing to rise un­til ref­eree Bates’ count reached nine.

Lu­ton-based Nige­rian Li­nus Ud­ofia halted Bul­garia’s Kon­stantin Alexan­drov in the sec­ond of a sched­uled six. South­paw Ud­ofia was on top from the start, switch­ing stance and pick­ing his shots ef­fec­tively. In the sec­ond Ud­ofia was dig­ging in lefts to the body, and fi­nally Alexan­drov went down on one knee – he was up at four but ref­eree Bates com­pleted the eight-count and sig­nalled the end 2-38.

In the cur­tain-raiser (sched­uled for four) Sam Cantwell (Bex­ley­heath) stopped Bulgarian Ge­orgi An­donov

af­ter two min­utes 53 sec­onds of the third.

Cantwell dom­i­nated with big rights to the body, and An­donov was put down in the sec­ond. In the third a sim­i­lar shot had An­donov turn­ing away in agony, and ref­eree Bates stopped it at once.

In an­other four, Brix­ton’s John Hard­ing Jnr was a third-round win­ner over Bulgarian Daniel Rash­dan.

Rash­dan ral­lied af­ter be­ing caught in the first, but in the sec­ond he com­plained about a kid­ney punch (ref­eree Mcdon­nell warned Hard­ing) and bled from the nose. In the third Rash­dan ap­peared to have been shoved, rather than punched, into a neu­tral cor­ner – but he turned his back and Mr Mcdon­nell waved it off at 2-48.

Eric Mokonzo (Beth­nal Green) ended his los­ing run, tak­ing ref­eree Wil­liams’ 40-36 ver­dict in a four-rounder against Bul­garia’s Tsve­tozar Iliev.

Iliev lost his gumshield in both the third and fourth, bled from the nose and fin­ished with a bump un­der the left eye.

First-timer Kofi Donker (West Nor­wood) outscored Slo­vakia’s Ivan Godor over four, ref­eree Wil­liams scor­ing 39-37.

Godor made a big ef­fort in the last, but Donker well won the first three. A com­bi­na­tion had Godor hold­ing in the sec­ond, and Donker was find­ing the tar­get with left hooks in the third.

In sixes, there were 60-55 wins for Rom­ford’s Mark Lit­tle over Lithua­nian Remigi­jus Zi­ausys (Wil­liams) and Idris Hill (West­cliff-on-sea) over Croa­tia’s

Luka Leskovic (Mcdon­nell), and 60-54 wins for Jack Hughes over Manch­ester south­paw Steve Maguire (Wil­liams) and Sam Gil­ley (Waltham­stow) over Ather­ton’s Wil­liam Warburton (Bates).

Over four, Adi Bur­den (Ayles­bury) beat Cal­lum Ide (Bog­nor Regis) by 39-38 (Mcdon­nell), and there were 40-36 wins for Wil­liam Webber

(Dun­mow) over Lyd­ney’s Lewis van Poetsch (Mcdon­nell) and Italy’s An­gelo Bevilac­qua over Blackburn’s Na­heem Chaudhry (Bates).

THE VER­DICT House fight­ers win – but there’s a shock at the fin­ish.

Photo: PHILIP SHARKEY

AL­WAYS EN­TER­TAIN­ING: Davies beats Sharp

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