‘HIT­MAN’ HAIGH

Jane War­bur­ton sees Ricky Hat­ton’s pupil dom­i­nate a late sub­sti­tute

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RICKY Hat­ton-trained Jake Haigh, of Mac­cles­field, was ini­tially sched­uled to trade leather with Dud­ley’s Josh Miller. How­ever, he in­stead went in against late re­place­ment Em­manuel Moussinga (Stour­bridge via Cameroon) in the bill­top­per on this five-bout Black Coun­try Box­ing pro­mo­tion at Kings Hall. Un­fazed by the change of op­po­nent, Haigh took ev­ery ses­sion for an 80-72 win.

Jake’s gloves were low early on, but they grad­u­ally got higher against the al­ways-dan­ger­ous Moussinga, who still man­aged to get through with a cou­ple of de­cent head shots when that guard slipped again mo­men­tar­ily in the fourth. Moussinga was made to pay, though, with Haigh let­ting fly with a lengthy bar­rage which left the Africa-born puncher with a bloody nose. The pace in the late rounds proved no­tice­ably slower, with Moussinga’s replies be­com­ing in­creas­ingly rare. It was a short night for Stoke’s Nathan Heaney, whose Czech op­po­nent,

Martin Kabrhel, was on the can­vas three times in the open­ing round of a sched­uled six. On the third such oc­ca­sion, ref­eree-for-the night Kevin Parker called a halt at 2-41.

A thrilling con­test that fin­ished 40-35 saw im­pres­sive one-bout Wolver­hamp­ton novice Con­nah Walker de­feat Slo­vakian Rudolf Durica. Hav­ing done might­ily well to sur­vive round three in the face of quite an on­slaught, Durica was then docked a point in the last for per­sis­tent hold­ing. Con­nor Parker, from Woodville,

stuck to a steady pace through­out, which was quite a con­trast to the Walker-durica bout. Vary­ing his at­tacks nicely, he took all six rounds (60-54) against Stock­port’s Jamie Quinn.

There was some nice box­ing from lo­cal debu­tant Cole Johnson en route to a 40-34 win against highly ex­pe­ri­enced Lithua­nian Si­mas Volosi­nas, who was an­other to suf­fer a late point de­duc­tion for clinch­ing.

THE VER­DICT Barely a month passes with­out the Pot­ter­ies host­ing a show. This lat­est of­fer­ing sees all five home box­ers score vic­to­ries.

Photo: JANE WAR­BUR­TON

LET­TING FLY: Haigh makes sure he shuts out Moussinga over eight rounds

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