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Luke Gibb was back with a bang at Maidstone Leisure Cen­tre on Satur­day night.

Su­per-light­weight Gibb (4-1) re­sponded to the first de­feat of his ca­reer by be­com­ing only the se­cond man to drop Black­burn’s Na­heem Chaudry (0-28).

Chaudry was a slick op­er­a­tor but Gibb proved to be a class above in his adopted home town, dom­i­nat­ing all four rounds.

Gibb, a for­mer Great Bri­tain am­a­teur, said: “It’s great to get back win­ning ways against a tough guy.

“I got a lovely knock­down in the fourth and just came short of stop­ping him.”

Char­lie Shane moved to 7-0 with a land­slide points win over fel­low south­paw Bryn Wain (0-21).

Med­way man Shane, the Bri­tish Chal­lenge belt su­per­mid­dleweight cham­pion, pro­duced eas­ily the best per­for­mance of the night.

He switched shots from body to head ef­fort­lessly and came close to his first stop­page.

Pro­moter Joe El­fidh in­tends to put him for­ward for a South­ern Area ti­tle fight.

Shane said: “I’m a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal now and I want big­ger fights next year.”

Mar­gate light-heavy­weight Paul Brown moved up to 3-0 with a 40-36 points win over Chess­ing­ton’s Richard Har­ri­son (3-31).

It was his third straight shutout points win and the 29-yearold said: “I worked hard for the four rounds, out­box­ing him in ev­ery round, throw­ing some lovely com­bi­na­tions and body shots.”

High Halstow feath­er­weight Jack Budge breezed past Ricky Leach (3-30-1) for his third points win since turn­ing pro.

He caught the eye of El­fidh, who plans to put him in with Jamie Speight for the South­ern Area ti­tle.

El­fidh said: “Jack’s been spar­ring with Barry McGuigan’s prospect Lee McGre­gor who’s 4-0 and fight­ing for the Com­mon­wealth ban­tamweight ti­tle on Oc­to­ber 13.

“Jack con­stantly needs toplevel spar­ring be­cause he doesn’t get tested by a lot of the lo­cal fighters to him, so he has to travel to McGuigan’s and other gyms.

“He was a top am­a­teur cham­pion who won ev­ery­thing and he’s al­ready ready to beat South­ern Area cham­pi­ons, so there’s no point in wait­ing.”

A i d a n C a s s i d y, fr om Sit­ting­bourne, marked his pro­fes­sional de­but with a points win over stand-in op­po­nent Ha­roon Karim (0-4).

Cas­sidy, a Haringey Box Cup sil­ver medal­list, used his size and reach ad­van­tage ef­fec­tively in the su­per-mid­dleweight bout.

I n o t h e r a c t i o n , T om McGin­ley (Chelms­ford, 6-1) beat Manch­ester’s Steven Maguire (0-5) on points.

John Bren­nan (Slough, 10-51) saw off Lon­don-based Ital­ian Vic­tor Edagha (0-41-1), also on points.

JE Pro­mo­tions are plan­ning to hold their next show in Maidstone in De­cem­ber.

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