SMOOTH AS BUT­TER

Jane War­bur­ton sees skil­ful But­tery shut out Richards in style

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IN the bill-top­per at Kings Hall (Carl Greaves Pro­mo­tions), Burslem’s quick-footed Kaash

But­tery dom­i­nated with speed and va­ri­ety against Melk­sham’s tough Liam Richards, who still man­aged to grin through the pun­ish­ment.

Urged on by a noisy bunch of sup­port­ers, But­tery clearly en­joyed the last two rounds, and it was no sur­prise when he was awarded a 60-54 points vic­tory from ref­er­eefor-the-even­ing Kevin Parker.

Ut­tox­eter’s Josh Groom­bridge

re­turned to winning ways, hav­ing slipped up against Em­manuel Moussinga last time out in April. He landed thump­ing rights to win 40-36 against Paul Cum­mings

(Warmin­ster via North­ern Ire­land), who was sport­ing a black eye be­fore pro­ceed­ings even be­gan.

Rhasian Ear­ling­ton of New­cas­tle-un­der-lyme recorded a 40-37 points vic­tory over Swadlincote’s tricky Kent Kaup­pinen, who un­loaded some heavy right hands from the off. Ear­ling­ton kept jab­bing and dodged a cou­ple of dan­ger­ous flur­ries to se­cure the win.

Lo­cal Rob Fletcher took on Manch­ester-based Ira­nian Taha Mirhos­seini, whose some­times ov­er­en­thu­si­as­tic swings al­most sent him top­pling over him­self. It was dur­ing a sloppy last round that the bloody-nosed Mirhos­seini was de­ducted a point, leav­ing the fi­nal score read­ing 40-35.

Wrex­ham debu­tant Martin Jones proved both pop­u­lar and im­pres­sive in his first out­ing, scor­ing a 40-36 points suc­cess over Brain­tree’s Dy­lan Draper. It was a slower-paced fight for Han­ley’s Ja­mal Le Doux, how­ever, whose op­po­nent, Lithua­nia’s Vaidas Bal­ci­auskas, threw very lit­tle. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Le Doux also emerged a 40-36 win­ner.

The sur­prise re­sult of the night saw Derby’s Elvis Dube up­set the ap­ple­cart by outscor­ing home­towner Wes­ley Leavy 39-38. Dube was on a mis­sion to keep punch­ing no mat­ter what, and his fre­netic work rate saw him emerge vic­to­ri­ous for the first time since April 2016 – some 18 fights ago.

THE VER­DICT The only up­set in the Pot­ter­ies sees Dube se­cure a rare win.

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