CRUSHER CON­ROY

Jane War­bur­ton sees English light-heavy champ score his fifth straight stop­page suc­cess

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PRE­STON MARCH 31 ★★★ MAIN EVENT ★★★★ UN­DER­CARD ★★★ AT­MOS­PHERE

BAR­ROW light-heavy Liam

Con­roy re­tained his English ti­tle by virtue of a sec­ond-round stop­page (set for 10) of Bushey’s Miles Shinkwin at the Guild Hall on a John­ney Roye pro­mo­tion.

The chal­lenger had landed some de­cent shots in the opener, but the tide quickly turned when he was tagged by a right to the head and bun­dled to the ropes early in the next. Club­bing rights fol­lowed from Con­roy, be­fore ref­eree Shaun Messer stepped in with just 35 sec­onds of the ses­sion hav­ing gone.

There were 12 other bouts on the card. The fight of the night, by some mar­gin, was the 10-round thriller be­tween Dublin’s De­clan Ger­aghty and Liver­pudlian John Quigley.

Feint and counter was the or­der of the day in this all-south­paw en­counter which saw Ger­aghty cut on the right eye­brow when heads bashed in­side the open­ing 30 sec­onds. Blood flowed but the fight­ing con­tin­ued, with both men teas­ing each other with the hint of a move.

Round six saw Ger­aghty forced head­long through the ropes and, as if to re­turn the favour, a minute later Quigley was sent fly­ing across the can­vas, both men then be­ing told to tidy it up by ref­eree John Latham. At the fin­ish it was the more de­ter­mined Ger­aghty who, de­spite hav­ing a point docked for a foul, fin­ished stronger to claim the 96-93 vic­tory.

Chor­ley’s Jack Cat­ter­all in­flicted a rare in­side-the-dis­tance loss on ex­pe­ri­enced Stour­bridge op­er­a­tor Kevin

Mc­cauley. A body blow sent Mc­cauley down to one knee for Dar­ren Sar­gin­son’s full count, with 48 sec­onds of the first (of a slated six) still re­main­ing.

Al­fredo Meli of Belfast tri­umphed early too, send­ing Bucharest’s Romeo

Paun to the mat twice with body punches. On the sec­ond oc­ca­sion – right at the very end of the first – Mr Sar­gin­son waved it off. It had been sched­uled for eight.

Sale’s Ben Sheedy claimed a 59-55 win over Mid­dle­ton’s al­ways en­thu­si­as­tic

Dar­ryl Sharp. This one – over­seen by Mr Latham – never re­ally caught fire.

Matty Clark­son’s last out­ing was way back in Novem­ber 2014, but the Pre­ston man looked con­fi­dent as he faced late Lithua­nian sub Dmitrij Kali­novskij. Clark­son set­tled quickly and, de­spite the vis­i­tor giv­ing it a bit of a go late on, was al­ways go­ing to get the shutout 40-36 vic­tory from Mr Sar­gin­son.

Sahir Iqbal of Bolton had a strong first pro per­for­mance against Bri­er­ley Hill’s MJ Hall, dom­i­nat­ing from the out­set. Hall did have a lit­tle suc­cess in the third when he scored with a hook to the head, but he was al­ways sec­ond best in a bout scored 40-36 by Mr Latham.

Glos­sop’s Adam Hague picked his shots well against Newark’s tough Fonz Alexan­der en route to a 60-54 tri­umph in a con­test ref­er­eed by Mr Sar­gin­son.

New­cas­tle first-timer Lawrence Osueke took ev­ery round of his four against Jin­drich Velecky of the Czech Repub­lic. The im­port sus­tained a nasty cut to the left eye in the fourth, and Osueke smoth­ered him with strikes through­out the fi­nal frame. Mr Latham of­fi­ci­ated.

Damian Cham­bers of Duk­in­field won via first-ses­sion stop­page against lanky

Iman­tas Davidaitis. The Lithua­nian, who was down twice, was halted by third man Sar­gin­son. It had been set for four.

The third debu­tant of the night, Bar­row’s Michael Mcgoldrick, used a va­ri­ety of shots and kept busy against the re­luc­tant-to-en­gage

Remigi­jus Zi­ausys. Step­ping it up in the sec­ond, Mcgoldrick dug in a few body punches to weaken the Lithua­nian’s re­solve. How­ever, de­spite pick­ing up a gash above the left eye in the third, Zi­ausys made it through to the fin­ish, los­ing, un­sur­pris­ingly, 40-36 on Mr Latham’s card.

Greece’s Wi­gan-based Sotiris Pa­pa­geor­giou sur­vived a lac­er­a­tion to the right eye in round three to claim a 40-36 vic­tory over Italy-born South­wark res­i­dent Vic­tor Edagha. Mean­while, War­ring­ton’s Nathan Wheat­ley out­pointed North­ern Ir­ish­man Casey Blair (Ban­gor) by the same score. Re­spec­tive ref­er­ees were Mr Sar­gin­son and Mr Latham.

Photo: JANE WAR­BUR­TON

EVA­SIVE AC­TION: Con­roy avoids Shinkwin’s jab, prior to win­ning via stop­page

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