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a divi­sion big­ger than East­bourne’s tough-but-win­less Scott Hill­man, who found him­self on the re­ciev­ing end of reg­u­lar bursts up­stairs, along with sev­eral weighty rights for good mea­sure. This one fin­ished 40-36 to the debu­tant.

Bul­well’s Ring­ham was also the re­cip­i­ent of a 40-36 win at the cul­mi­na­tion of his bout against Lyd­ney’s busy Lewis van Poetsch. The loser replied with enough to keep it en­ter­tain­ing.

Sta­ple­ford’s Nathan Kirk ticked over by outscor­ing Black­burn’s Na­heem Chaudhry 40-37, though he did pick up a lit­tle nick be­low the right eye. Hav­ing had a look in the opener and af­ter mix­ing things up nicely in the sec­ond, Kirk, while still on top, was tagged by a cou­ple of hefty hooks late on – Chaudhry just let­ting him know that he was still there.

Of the three re­main­ing bouts, one fin­ished 40-36 and two 40-35. The 40-36 came in a one-sided tus­sle be­tween Clifton new-starter Ryan Amos – who had his long hair taped back – and Hyde’s taller Dale Ar­row­smith. Amos was in charge from the out­set.

Lo­cal lad Paul Thomp­son banked vic­tory num­ber two against Dews­bury veteran Youssef Al Hamidi. Hav­ing vis­ited the can­vas mid­way through the last of a con­test marred by a suc­ces­sion of head clashes, Al Hamidi fin­ished an an­gry man and had a word or two to say to ref­eree Dean at the fin­ish.

Best­wood’s Del­mar Thomas won in next to no time on his pro bow last month, but was forced to set­tle for a dis­tance win here against Brad­ford debu­tant Jake Pol­lard. Out­boxed by some mar­gin and sent to one knee in the sec­ond by a chop­ping left, Pol­lard did well to see it out, grab­bing when the op­por­tu­nity arose to eat up a lit­tle time.

THE VER­DICT An ex­cit­ing bill-top­per but scope for im­prove­ment with the match­ing of the un­der­card box­ers, many of whom, ad­mit­tedly, were novices on this oc­ca­sion.


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