Eg­ging­ton im­pres­sively tears through his brave op­po­nent in just four rounds

Boxing News - - Action - Andy Whit­tle

RATHER than kick his heels await­ing some­thing big­ger in the new sea­son, Stour­bridge’s Sam “The Sav­age”

Eg­ging­ton opted in­stead to keep busy not far from home, which is how he found him­self top­ping the bill on this Tommy Owens pro­mo­tion in the Holte Suite at Villa Park Sta­dium.

Fac­ing him across the ring in a sched­uled 10 was un­beaten Hun­gar­ian

Peter Kramer, who just over a month ear­lier had claimed a share of the spoils against Ireland’s Peter Mcdon­agh in Bolton. There never looked liked be­ing a re­peat of that here, though, with Eg­ging­ton, watched from ring­side by men­tor Barry Hearn, run­ning through his reper­toire. He handed the brave but out­gunned Kramer a se­ri­ous beat­ing, reg­u­larly back­ing him up and leav­ing him cut above the left eye late in the sec­ond.

Fifty-seven sec­onds of the fourth re­mained when, with the in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent Eg­ging­ton hav­ing stepped it up yet an­other notch, ref­eree Terry O’con­nor de­cided quite rightly that enough was enough.

Birm­ing­ham south­paw Indi Sangha faced a step up in qual­ity when he went in with Pre­ston-based South African and ex-com­mon­wealth su­per-ban­tam ti­tle chal­lenger Michael Ram­a­beletsa in a sched­uled eight, and he duly came un­stuck. Ram­a­beletsa scored an early KO win, with just 44 sec­onds of the third hav­ing elapsed when ref­eree Kevin Parker – who over­saw all eight un­der­card bouts – com­pleted his count. Sangha, hav­ing been sent sprawl­ing for­ward by a pre­cise short hook, was still sat on the can­vas at the fin­ish. Things hadn’t be­gun well for Sangha, who was down as early as the first – sent over side­ways by a loop­ing Ram­a­beletsa hook.

Brum­mie Kane Baker re­turned to win­ning ways just three weeks af­ter be­ing widely out­pointed by the Liver­pool­based Sam Maxwell. Baker proved too much for King­steign­ton’s Jamie Speight, who has now lost 15 in a row, yet still holds the South­ern Area feath­er­weight crown.

It ended 80-72, but there had been an op­por­tu­nity for Baker to fin­ish it early, with only sec­onds of the third round re­main­ing. How­ever, af­ter vis­i­bly hurt­ing Speight with a left hook, he looked to­wards the third man to in­ter­vene (which he didn’t), in­stead of com­plet­ing the job.

Lo­cal Ish­mael El­lis se­cured his eighth straight dis­tance vic­tory by see­ing off Kil­la­marsh’s al­ways-game Lee Con­nelly by just a sin­gle point, Mr Parker scor­ing 58-57 in his favour. I had the heav­ily tat­tooed Birm­ing­ham man tak­ing it by a wider mar­gin, but Con­nelly was never too far be­hind and re­mained suf­fi­ciently strong as to take the last round.

An­other nar­row win­ner was Telford novice Nathan Mcfar­lane, who eked out a 39-38 suc­cess over Read­ing vet­eran Ibrar Riyaz at the end of an en­joy­able scrap. Riyaz, hav­ing en­joyed sev­eral prof­itable spells of his own, thought that he’d done enough to get the nod. My card tal­lied with that of the of­fi­cial, though, with Mcfar­lane tak­ing the first and the third, along with a share of the sec­ond.

Can­nock’s Lee Gunter hadn’t pre­vi­ously dropped a round but he lost out this time against War­wick’s pre­vi­ously win­less Myles Vale. Gunter pos­si­bly paid the penalty for putting in a lit­tle too much ef­fort in a sus­tained but ul­ti­mately un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to get Vale out of there late in the opener. Myles, hav­ing sur­vived that early shel­lack­ing, pro­ceeded to grow in con­fi­dence with ev­ery pass­ing round. At the end, he was named a 39-38 vic­tor. An­other away win­ner was Nor­wich’s Duane Green, who had his arm raised for the first time in three years af­ter a 39-37 tri­umph over Red­ditch’s Carl Dick­ens. Bested and hav­ing been cut high above the left eye, Dick­ens duly an­nounced his re­tire­ment later in the evening. Two re­main­ing fours saw shutout 40-36 wins for Birm­ing­ham pair An­thony Man­ning and Idris Virgo over Lithua­nian An­drej Cepur and East­bourne’s Scott Hill­man re­spec­tively.

THE VER­DICT Eg­ging­ton ticks over ahead of an ap­pear­ance on the Amir Khan un­der­card on Septem­ber 8.


ON TAR­GET: Kramer reels back af­ter tak­ing an Eg­ging­ton right

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