RY­DER-SIROTKIN

Ry­der wins elim­i­na­tor but Cheese­man steals the show at the Cop­per Box

Boxing News - - CONTENTS - John Den­nen @Box­ingnewsjd

The in-form “Go­rilla” puts him­self firmly in the mix for a world ti­tle shot

JOHN RY­DER has put him­self on course for a world ti­tle shot. Af­ter a run of good wins, over Pa­trick Nielsen then Jamie Cox, he cleared the last hur­dle, halt­ing An­drey

Sirotkin on a lively night at the Cop­per Box in a fi­nal elim­i­na­tor for the WBA su­per-mid­dleweight ti­tle.

Ry­der started off qui­etly, track­ing af­ter the Rus­sian but not get­ting his shots off. In­stead Sirotkin stayed or­tho­dox and ex­ploited the Is­ling­ton man’s south­paw stance. He whipped his right through John’s guard. He landed and quickly moved away. If fail­ing to con­trol the open­ing third of the con­test was frus­trat­ing for Ry­der, it prompted him to switch his ac­tiv­ity up a gear. As he ap­plied pres­sure in the fifth round and Sirotkin started to wilt. Ry­der ham­mered him with heavy left crosses. He ig­nored the blood leak­ing from a cut over his left eye and pressed on. By the sev­enth he had the Rus­sian reel­ing. Ry­der con­tin­ued the as­sault, a fi­nal right hook to the body left Sirotkin on his knees, halted at 2-54 of the sev­enth round by ref­eree Terry O’con­nor.

Ted Cheese­man’s ri­valry with Asinia By­field cul­mi­nated in a thrilling Bri­tish su­per-wel­ter­weight ti­tle fight. Read­ing’s By­field switched from stance to stance early on, flip­ping jabs into the Ber­mond­sey man’s guard like he was toss­ing out Fris­bees. But Cheese­man im­pressed, his ag­gres­sion con­stant yet in­tel­li­gent. He cut off By­field’s space, stayed up close and weaved his head away from punches, ready to fire off his own com­bi­na­tions, scor­ing with eye-catch­ing up­per­cuts and heavy right hands.

He broke through in the fifth round with a right hook slam­ming By­field to the can­vas. Cheese­man con­tin­ued to drive him across the ring. Asinia found shots to sling back at him but had to call on all his re­serves of re­silience to fin­ish the 12 rounds. Ul­ti­mately Cheese­man had dom­i­nated, win­ning 117-110 for Steve Gray and 117-111 for both Terry O’con­nor and Vic­tor Lough­lin. Howard Fos­ter ref­er­eed.

Chat­teris feath­er­weight Jor­dan Gill put in a su­perb per­for­mance to wrest the Com­mon­wealth ti­tle from Ryan Doyle. Gill moved well, jab­bing sharply. In an out­stand­ing fourth round, Jor­dan wob­bled the cham­pion, only for Doyle to un­leash a tremen­dous right hook. Gill came back at once with a pow­er­ful left.

In the sixth, just as Doyle was hav­ing a good round, Gill drove in his left up­per­cut, the weight of it enough to knock the Man­cu­nian off his feet. Gill squeezed him out of the fight in the next ses­sion. He slashed a right hook round, to shake up Doyle. The fol­low­ing as­sault ham­mered Ryan into the ropes as Gill hit the body, the head and prompted ref­eree Vic­tor Lough­lin to end things at 1-32.

Pho­tos: AC­TION IM­AGES/PETER CZIBORRA

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