BROTH­ERS GRIM

The Nassa boys are both de­feated in front of their home­town fans

Boxing News - - Action - Andy Whit­tle

A PAIR of 10-round Com­mon­wealth ti­tle elim­i­na­tors be­tween Sh­effield and Tan­za­nian com­bat­ants on this Den­nis Hob­son pro­mo­tion at Ponds Forge Arena re­sulted in one vic­tory for the Steel City and one for the African na­tion.

The first con­test, at ban­tamweight, saw strong, re­lent­less south­paw Na­sibu

Ra­mad­han si­lence the crowd and put paid to the hopes of home favourite

Loua Nassa. Ref­eree John Latham rightly stepped in 24 sec­onds into the eighth to save Nassa from any fur­ther pun­ish­ment. Truth be told, Nassa had been in­creas­ingly up against it and, with lit­tle prospect of turn­ing it around, had looked headed for a wide de­feat.

There was cause for home cel­e­bra­tion in the sec­ond elim­i­na­tor as su­per­fly­weight Tommy Frank proved too much for another port­sider in Adam

Ya­haya. It was no sur­prise when, at the cul­mi­na­tion of 10 very one-sided rounds, Mr Latham turned in a card read­ing 10090 in favour of the lo­cal.

Three four-rounders ran well short of their sched­uled dis­tance. The most im­pres­sive-look­ing vic­tor in that trio was Manch­ester’s Michael Gomez Jnr, who tri­umphed with just one sec­ond of the opener re­main­ing. Ref­eree Dar­ren Sar­gin­son com­pleted his count de­spite Barcelona-nicaraguan Rey­naldo Ca­jina hav­ing risen from the seat of his shorts.

Glouces­ter’s ex­pe­ri­enced Andy Har­ris didn’t make it through to the sec­ond ses­sion ei­ther, re­tir­ing at the end of the first against pop­u­lar Sh­effield debu­tant

Keanan Wain­wright. Har­ris ab­sorbed plenty of pres­sure be­fore be­ing decked in the dy­ing mo­ments by a right up­per­cut. Tri­al­ist Andy Brook ref­er­eed.

Whether a de­but out­ing against Eve­sham’s tough Brett Fi­doe is the great­est idea is open to ques­tion. In­deed, Sh­effield’s Ha­keem Nassa would now likely say no. The first-timer was floored twice in quick suc­ces­sion be­fore Mr Brook waved it off at 2-24 of the sec­ond.

Home­towner Dan West, cut­ting the ring off right from the start, recorded a trou­ble-free 40-36 suc­cess over Hyde’s

Dale Ar­row­smith. The loser suf­fered some dam­age be­low the left eye, then picked up a bloody nose in the last. Mr Sar­gin­son scored from the out­side for Mr Brook.

Two fur­ther four-rounders – each ref­er­eed by Mr Sar­gin­son – went the dis­tance and both re­sulted in vic­to­ries for Sh­effield debu­tants. Su­fyaan Ahmed con­ceded weight to late sub An­to­nio

Hor­vatic of Croa­tia. De­spite wear­ing a Su­per­man t-shirt dur­ing his ring walk, Hor­vatic rarely looked wor­thy of sav­ing him­self, let alone the world. He cer­tainly wasn’t able to keep Ahmed suf­fi­ciently at bay to­wards the end of a busier last round dur­ing which he was dropped be­fore los­ing out to the tune of 40-35.

A good deal closer was the clash be­tween Kane Salvin and one-fight New­cas­tle novice Zaki Shirzad, who proved a feisty op­po­nent. Just a point sep­a­rated the pair at the fin­ish, with Salvin edg­ing out the Afghanistan-born boxer by 39-38.

THE VER­DICT Mis­ery for the Nassa broth­ers but Tommy Frank de­lights the home fans.

Photo: KAREN PRI­EST­LEY

THE UPSETTER: Ra­mad­han de­feats the lo­cal favourite

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