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.