CHESS MATCH

Cat­ter­all and Davies dis­ap­point but Sharp­wood­stock raises the spir­its af­ter­wards

Boxing News - - ACTION - Andy Whit­tle RING­SIDE

IT was a bless­ing that the 12-round WBO In­ter-con­ti­nen­tal su­per-light­weight ti­tle bout be­tween belt-holder Jack

Cat­ter­all of Chor­ley and Hack­ney’s Ohara Davies didn’t close the show be­cause, while a ver­i­ta­ble chess match through­out, it didn’t ex­actly set the pulses rac­ing.

For round af­ter round the two, one south­paw and one or­tho­dox, kept it at a dis­tance and pecked away when best they could, each seek­ing to lure the other in and nei­ther ever re­ally ris­ing to the bait.

At the fin­ish Cat­ter­all was up on all three cards, 115-113 twice and a toowide 118-110, and in win­ning he se­cured a ninth suc­cess­ful de­fence. Howard Fos­ter was the third man.

What fol­lowed, and closed the night, was much bet­ter. Archie Sharp turned in quite a per­for­mance at Le­ices­ter Arena, ce­ment­ing his place amongst the lead­ing lights in a red hot do­mes­tic su­per-feath­er­weight di­vi­sion by drop­ping and out­point­ing Le­ices­ter’s un­beaten Leon Wood­stock en route to snatch­ing the WBO Eu­ro­pean ti­tle.

Not off to the best of starts af­ter sus­tain­ing very early dam­age to the right eye, maybe from a thumb, cham­pion Wood­stock’s night quickly wors­ened when a crack­ing left sent him to the seat of his shorts in front of his own cor­ner be­fore the first round (of 10) was out.

Buoy­ant at hav­ing made such an early break­through, Archie oozed con­fi­dence and pro­ceeded to open a lead that would ul­ti­mately prove too much for Leon, de­spite his best at­tempts in the much closer sec­ond half, to claw back.

Wood­stock’s best work prob­a­bly came in the sixth when just for a while one won­dered if he was about to turn the bout on its head. But Archie weath­ered the storm and by the fin­ish he was back call­ing the shots, forc­ing the gal­lant Le­ices­ter puncher to cover un­der fire.

All three judges had it 96-93 for the Welling man. Phil Ed­wards ref­er­eed.

Ib­stock’s British su­per-feath­er­weight champ Sam Bowen turned on the style on the big stage style to win the va­cant WBO In­ter-con­ti­nen­tal ti­tle against Ar­gen­tinean op­po­si­tion in the shape of Ar­gentina’s Ho­ra­cio Al­fredo Cabral.

Af­ter tak­ing a round or two to have a look, dur­ing which time he was tagged by a hefty and very early left to the head, there was a def­i­nite gear change at the top of the fourth. With Bowen’s con­fi­dence grow­ing, the vis­i­tor - stopped only once in 24 pre­vi­ous out­ings - was despatched by a crunch­ing left to the body which sent him down for the du­ra­tion of ref­eree Fos­ter’s count with 53 sec­onds of the ses­sion still to run.

Green­wich heavy Daniel Dubois went the dis­tance for the first time when he shared 10 what proved to be very onesided rounds against Amer­i­can Kevin John­son.

The for­mer world ti­tle chal­lenger, hav­ing been forced to en­dure a par­tic­u­larly busy open­ing spell, of­fered very lit­tle by way of threat and spent long pe­ri­ods with his back to the ropes at­tempt­ing to evade the ad­vances of the younger man. No real sur­prise that Shaun Messer should score this one 100-91 to the Londoner.

An­other 10-rounder to go the dis­tance (over­seen by Phil Ed­wards) for the in­terim WBO fe­male fly­weight ti­tle, be­tween pop­u­lar Leeds puncher Ni­cola Adams and game Mex­i­can Is­abel Mil­lan, went the way of the for­mer, the three scor­ing judges all hav­ing her ahead to the tune of 97-93 twice and 96-94.

The taller Latin lady, with her loop­ing hooks that just kept com­ing, and more of­ten than not just kept fall­ing short, stayed busy right to the fin­ish. Ni­cola, a good deal more mea­sured and ac­cu­rate with her own work, had to re­main both adept and con­stantly on her guard.

Hav­ing gone past four rounds for the first time since mak­ing her paid bow, In­gle-trained Adams is now eye­ing a tilt at the full WBO ti­tle and she may well be af­forded a shot on the War­ring­ton­framp­ton un­der­card in De­cem­ber.

Old­ham’s un­beaten Mark Hef­fron proved too much for Ghana’s Aryee

Ayittey, halt­ing him seven sec­onds shy of the halfway mark of a sched­uled eight.

The African was nick­named “Vol­cano” but sel­dom looked like erupt­ing. Not par­tic­u­larly keen on the num­ber of body shots he was ship­ping, his ap­petite for a scrap waned quickly, his cor­ner toss­ing in the towel af­ter their man vis­ited the can­vas for the sec­ond time in quick suc­ces­sion. That came as ref­eree Fos­ter waved it off with Ayittey still on the deck.

Only one of two sched­uled sixes over­seen by Mr Messer ran their al­lot­ted dis­tance with Birm­ing­ham’s Raza Hamza need­ing less than a third of his bout to dis­pose of Barcelona-based Nicaraguan

John­son Tellez. A left down­stairs had Tellez writhing on the can­vas and mak­ing no at­tempt to beat the count which ended with 21 sec­onds of the sec­onds re­main­ing.

Le­ices­ter su­per-wel­ter CJ Chal­lenger notched his ninth paid win but didn’t have it all his own way against Bices­ter’s game

Scott James. It fin­ished 60-57 in CJ’S favour, though I had it a frac­tion closer.

Both Tam­worth’s Ryan Hat­ton and Thorn­aby’s Joe Maphosa main­tained their 100 per cent records with four­round vic­to­ries.

Light-heavy Hat­ton tri­umphed 40-37 (for ref­eree Kevin Parker) against Poland’s

Prze­mys­law Binienda in a frus­trat­ingly scrappy af­fair whilst Durham’s Maphosa em­ployed fast hands to record a shut-out win over Hun­gar­ian Gyula Do­duon the card of ref­eree Messer.

A four over­seen by Kevin Parker saw Le­ices­ter novice Cal­lum Block­ley out­point Driffield’s ex­pe­ri­enced Danny

Lit­tle 40-36 to move to three un­beaten.

WHAT NOW? Cat­ter­all stays un­beaten but Davies will strug­gle to get his ca­reer go­ing again

EAGER FOR THE UP­SET: But Mil­lan nds Adams to be a level or two above

Pho­tos: AC­TION IM­AGES/PETER CZIBORRA

AN ED­U­CA­TION: Dubois goes 10 rounds against John­son

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