Jane Warburton sees English light-heavy champ score his fifth straight stoppage success
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.
EVASIVE ACTION: Conroy avoids Shinkwin’s jab, prior to winning via stoppage