’THE PEXICAN’

Gal­lant Cor­co­ran is halted in a Bri­tish ti­tle thriller

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Johnny Gar­ton de­feats Gary Cor­co­ran to win the Bri­tish wel­ter­weight ti­tle

SADLY, FIGHT­ING BROKE OUT IN THE CROWD DUR­ING THE THIRD ROUND

JOHNNY

GAR­TON won the va­cant Bri­tish wel­ter­weight ti­tle with a breath­tak­ing stop­page of gal­lant

Gary Cor­co­ran at Brent­wood Leisure Cen­tre (Queens­berry Pro­mo­tions). With Cor­co­ran (Wem­b­ley) look­ing ahead, but un­der fire on the ropes, ref­eree Steve Gray waved it off af­ter 42 sec­onds of the 11th – much to Cor­co­ran’s dis­gust. Could he have gone on? Pos­si­bly. But with his tank sud­denly seem­ing to show ‘Empty’, could he have lasted the best part of an­other two rounds? I’m not sure.

It was heart­break­ing for Cor­co­ran. There don’t seem to be any stamina prob­lems for the for­mer WBO ti­tle challenger, and there’s noth­ing wrong with his fight­ing heart. But Gar­ton found that lit­tle bit ex­tra when he needed it.

Sadly, fight­ing broke out in the crowd dur­ing the third round of this Bri­tish Fight of the Year can­di­date – apparently be­tween Mill­wall and West Ham foot­ball sup­port­ers (Gar­ton sup­ports Mill­wall). The cul­prits were urged over the ring mic to “sit down and be­have your­selves!” and there were warn­ings that the in­ci­dent was be­ing filmed, and the film would be given to the po­lice. There was even the threat that the fight might be called off, which would have been grossly un­fair to the vast ma­jor­ity of de­cent fans, and the fight­ers who were giv­ing their all. Even­tu­ally peace was re­stored, and all the while the fight­ers kept ham­mer­ing away at each other in an un­for­get­table bat­tle.

Cor­co­ran’s pres­sur­ing seemed more ef­fec­tive in the early stages, though Gar­ton (Peck­ham) hit back un­der fire. A cut ap­peared on Gar­ton’s right cheek in the third. Be­hind af­ter five, Gar­ton started get­ting his punches off bet­ter in the sixth, but in this ses­sion he picked up a scalp wound – pos­si­bly from a head clash – and the blood started run­ning ver­ti­cally down his face. With so much close-quar­ter work, Cor­co­ran’s white trunks were soon stained red. Cor­co­ran was still land­ing more, though Gar­ton hit back when he could.

There were good ex­changes in the ninth, though Gar­ton held af­ter ship­ping a right, and the ac­tion con­tin­ued in the 10th – sud­denly there were signs that Cor­co­ran might have shot his bolt. A pro­tracted ex­change ended with Cor­co­ran back­ing off for the first time, and Gar­ton landed a left hook with Cor­co­ran on the ropes. Cor­co­ran came back but Gar­ton scored with two more left hooks. Cor­co­ran was warned for head­work and push­ing Gar­ton’s head down.

Gar­ton roared out for the 11th. A left hook knocked Cor­co­ran back into the ropes, and Gar­ton fol­lowed up with both hands. With noth­ing com­ing back, ref­eree Gray sig­nalled the end.

Ilford’s An­thony Yarde halted Ar­gen­tine Wal­ter Se­queira in the fourth of a sched­uled 10. Se­queira was will­ing to come for­ward and fight, but his punches had no ef­fect on Yarde, and even­tu­ally Yarde’s ex­tra power told.

Se­queira made a big ef­fort in the fourth, but a right to the head had him down by the ropes. Up at ‘four’, a com­bi­na­tion to the head had him down again for ‘six’, and then a right and fol­low-up left, plus a push, dropped him again for ‘four’. Ref­eree Phil Ed­wards waved it off af­ter 2-14.

Penge’s Bradley Skeete be­gan his come­back af­ter a dis­as­trous Euro­pean wel­ter­weight ti­tle tilt in April by stop­ping Mex­i­can Fer­nando Va­len­cia in the third of a slated six. The game vis­i­tor was floored at the end of the sec­ond by a rightleft to the head. The bell saved Va­len­cia from fur­ther trou­ble, but Skeete steamed out for the third, land­ing with both hands. Ref­eree Kieran Mccann sig­nalled the fin­ish and Va­len­cia went down by the ropes. It was all over af­ter 25 sec­onds.

Manch­ester’s brave Ben Capps was halted in seven rounds by Brent­wood’s

Joe Mul­len­der. It was sched­uled for 10. The first two rounds were com­pet­i­tive, but Capps was rocked by a left hook in the third, and then a right put him down. A graze ap­peared un­der Mul­len­der’s right eye in the fourth, but he def­i­nitely seemed to be land­ing more. Capps fought back stub­bornly in the fifth but was dropped by a left hook. In the sev­enth a right to the head sent him down to one knee. He tried to join bat­tle, but a right to the body put him down on all fours. Ref­eree Mccann waved it off af­ter 1-46 In a rare clash of un­beat­ens, Ful­ham’s Zak Chelli bested Ilford-based Nige­rian

Umar Sadiq, ref­eree Chas Coak­ley scor­ing 77-74. Sadiq was floored by a right in the sixth, though he jumped up at once. Chelli pressed for­ward con­stantly against his taller op­po­nent, and Sadiq didn’t throw enough punches. Sadiq made an ef­fort in the last, forc­ing Chelli on the re­treat, but the bout ended with Chelli throw­ing and Sadiq hold­ing. There was a swelling be­low Sadiq’s right eye.

West Ham’s Lu­cien Reid over­came a cut left eye­brow to drop Barcelon­abased Nicaraguan Rafael Castillo in the sev­enth and win 80-71. Mr Mccann ref­er­eed. Mean­while, Nathan Gor­man (Nantwich) scored a re­peat win over

Kamil Sokolowski (Poland/barn­sta­ple), ref­eree Mccann tal­ly­ing 79-73. Sokolowski fin­ished with bumps un­der both eyes.

Ref­eree Coak­ley awarded 60-54 vic­to­ries to Belfast debu­tant Caoimhin

Ag­yarko over Ladislav Nemeth (Slo­vakia), and Boy Jones (Ching­ford) against Les­ther Can­til­lano (Barcelona via Nicaragua). The same of­fi­cial handed 40-36 wins to Hain­ault’s James Branch over Swadlin­cote’s Kent Kaup­pinen, and Ilford’s Hamza Sheeraz against Zy­gi­man­tas Butke­vi­cius (Hull via Lithua­nia). Butke­vi­cius was cut in the corner of the left eye.

SEL­DOM, if ever, have I seen the Har­vey Had­den Sports Vil­lage quite so full as it was for this Scott Calow/joe El­fidh pro­mo­tion. The vast ma­jor­ity of fans went home happy af­ter see­ing their man, Botswana-born Ekow Es­suman, need only a smidgeon over four rounds to se­cure the va­cant English wel­ter­weight ti­tle and put paid to the hopes of Leek’s

Andy Keates.

Al­ready trail­ing by three rounds (though the sec­ond ses­sion was ad­mit­tedly a lit­tle closer), Keates vis­ited the can­vas on no less than four oc­ca­sions – twice in quick suc­ces­sion at the very end of the fourth and then twice more from bursts to the body in the next. Ref­eree Shaun Messer in­ter­vened with just 43 sec­onds of the fifth hav­ing elapsed, his in­ter­ven­tion co­in­cid­ing with Keates’ corner toss­ing in the towel.

There was con­cern af­ter­wards when medics were called to Keates’ dress­ing room and the fi­nal bout of the night – a four-rounder be­tween Heanor’s Jack Hutsby and Chess­ing­ton’s Richard Har­ri­son – was shelved. Thank­fully, af­ter be­ing given a pre­cau­tion­ary check, Keates was given the all clear. The six be­tween Not­ting­ham’s

Omari Grant and Telford’s still-win­less Dean Jones proved a feisty af­fair, de­spite Grant, who slowed a lit­tle to­wards the fin­ish, emerg­ing a clear 60-55 win­ner. Jones, his nose blood­ied from a nice three-shot com­bi­na­tion in the sec­ond, replied enough to keep it en­ter­tain­ing. Mr Messer scored for tri­al­ist Chris Dean.

With 22 de­feats in a row go­ing into his clash with Ne­wark’s re­turn­ing Chad

Sug­den, the omens did not look good for Latvia’s Jev­genijs An­drejevs. No sur­prise then that af­ter be­ing com­pre­hen­sively worked over by Sug­den, he should find him­self on the wrong end of Mr Messer’s 40-35 de­ci­sion.

The re­main­der of the un­der­card com­prised a fur­ther six four-rounders, those in­volv­ing first-timers Luke Haigh and Jor­dan Ring­ham be­ing ref­er­eed by Mr Messer, and the rest be­ing scored by him from ring­side for tri­al­ist of­fi­cial Mr Dean.

Har­worth ticket-seller Haigh looked

Pho­tos: AC­TION IMAGES/PETER CZIBORRA

LEAVE IT TO THE BOX­ERS: Crowd trou­ble mars the ex­cit­ing clash be­tween Gar­ton [left] and Cor­co­ran

COME­BACK: Skeete re­cov­ers from his Euro­pean ti­tle loss to beat Va­len­cia

RARE MATCH: Sadiq loses his un­beaten record to Chelli [right]

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