RE­SILIENT RYAN

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Gareth Jones sees Wheeler get up off the deck to out­point Martinez FROME south­paw Ryan Wheeler had the fright of his fight­ing life at Ash­ton Gate (Sani­gar Events) against Barcelona-based Mex­i­can

Gio­vanny Martínez. The wildswing­ing vis­i­tor caught the un­beaten Wheeler with a left in the opener, be­fore a re­peat per­for­mance in the sec­ond sent him crash­ing be­neath the ropes.

kept on the move un­til the bell, set­ting the pat­tern for the rest of the eight-rounder, with an in­creas­ingly frus­trated foe try­ing to pin him down. Martínez oc­ca­sion­ally landed, but with­out the solid im­pact of the knock­down blow. Wheeler nipped in and out to se­cure a 77-75 ver­dict from ref­eree Lee Ev­ery.

Two six-rounders saw lo­cal prospects ex­tend their win­ning records. Bris­to­lian Tim Cut­ler had his work cut out be­fore gain­ing a 60-56 de­ci­sion against the com­bat­ive Lee Con­nelly, from Kil­la­marsh. Lee Cook of­fi­ci­ated. Things were eas­ier for Taun­ton­pole Pawel Au­gust, who hurt Southamp­ton’s Richard O’con­nor in the first, forced him to take a knee in the sec­ond and fin­ished it in the third. Mr Cook stepped in at 1-12.

The four-rounders brought points suc­cesses for three home­town he­roes. The im­prov­ing

Aaron Sut­ton pre­vailed (40-36 for Mr Ev­ery) over Is­ling­ton’s Jor­dan Gran­num, the same of­fi­cial see­ing

Sam Smythe 39-37 ahead of South­wark-ital­ian Vic­tor Edagha, while Tyler Davies beat Read­ing rover Ibrar Riyaz 40-37 for Mr Cook. Riyaz was sec­onded by 85-year-old Jim Evans, ap­pear­ing in a corner for the fi­nal time af­ter 74 years in the sport.

At the other end of his timeline, debu­tant Said El­tuyev, a Chechen refugee raised in Swindon, won 39-37 (Mr Cook) against Driffield’s

Danny Lit­tle. Ex­eter crowd-pleaser

Fa­heem Khan had the same mar­gin over Wigston trier Michael Wil­liams, and We­ston-su­per­ryan Mare’s Liam Hunt beat Duane Grant, from Old­bury, 40-36, both over­seen by Mr Ev­ery.

THE VER­DICT Wheeler shows cool­ness fol­low­ing his firstever trip to the can­vas.

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