MCKINSON MARCHES ON
Unbeaten southpaw turns back game Mcness
MICHAEL MCKINSON claimed a clear points win over Romford’s Sammy
Mcness at York Hall. Mckinson’s nickname is “The Problem”, and he was a problem Mcness couldn’t solve. Mcness was consistently outworked, and was put down in the seventh. Mckinson took the verdict by 98-92 (John Keane), 98-91 (Victor Loughlin) and 99-90 (Lee Cook).
Mckinson (Portsmouth) scored well at distance with southpaw jabs, and Mcness could rarely get close enough to land. A left hook had Mcness holding in the second, and when he tried to attack in the third Mckinson hit back. By the end of the sixth, Mcness was bleeding from a swelling below the right eye, and in the seventh two lefts to the head dropped him for ‘two’. The bell rang seconds later, but in the eighth Mckinson opened up to have Mcness grabbing for safety. Mcness managed to avoid further trouble, and last to the end. Ian John-lewis officiated.
Croydon’s Sunny Edwards defeated brave Ryan Farrag (Liverpool). Scores were 99-91 (Mr Cook) and 100-90 twice (Matteo Muntella and Julio Piras). It was frustrating for former European bantamweight champion Farrag, but really he was always coming second. He came forward gamely but Edwards countered effectively, sometimes switching to southpaw and indulging in some showboating.
By the sixth, Farrag was reddening around the left eye, and Edwards did what old-timers would remember as the ‘Ali shuffle’. Farrag was warned to “keep ‘em up” in the seventh, but pressed forward, forcing Edwards to back off. Farrag kept up the attack in the eighth, picking up a warning for head work. But Edwards was back on top in the ninth, and although he was forced to hold briefly in the last he rallied with a big right hand and then a right-left to the head. Steve Gray refereed.
The third 10-rounder on this Lee Eaton bill (for MTK Global) saw Neslan Machado, a Cuban based in Miami, take a split decision over Tanzania’s Fadhili Majiha. The scorecards read 99-91 and 96-93 Machado (Mr Gray and Salvador Salva respectively), while Giuseppe Quartarone had it 96-94 for Majiha. It really was hard to score, with the action getting scrappy at times – referee Terry O’connor spoke to both in the ninth. Machado walked on to a counter in the first and went down. He jumped up at ‘one’, but was rightly given an eightcount.
Both had swellings under each eye, with Machado’s being grazed as well, and Machado sustained a small scalp wound in the fourth. But while there was a lot of missing, and tangling, I felt that generally Machado’s work was more effective, and when Majiha landed Machado came straight back at him. Majiha had a fair eighth, a right to the body forcing Machado to hold, but Machado ended the bout with two left hooks that had Majiha backing off.
Southpaw Johnny Coyle (Stanford-lehope) took a repeat win over Lithuanian
Arvydas Trizno, referee Lee Every scoring 60-54. Coyle beat Trizno by 60-53 in this ring in September 2014. Coyle took charge from the outset, while Trizno kept his defence tight, ducked and weaved, and threw the occasional counter. Trizno looked unsteady for a moment in the fourth, but otherwise stayed out of trouble.
Lewisham’s Dan Azeez made it six victories in a row by outscoring Ghanaian
Charles Adamu, referee Cook marking 60-55. Adamu suffered swellings under both eyes. Meanwhile, four debutants won without dropping a round, with Mr Every scoring for two Kazakhs over two Nicaraguans based in Barcelona. Southpaw Sultan Zaurbek floored Jose Aguilar in each of the first two sessions, winning by 40-34, while Nurtas Azhbenov beat Eligio Palacios by 40-36.
Jamal Akay (Maida Vale) dominated Lithuania’s Vaidas Balciauskas, who was floored in the second by a right to the head, bled from the nose and was banged up around the left eye. Referee Cook scored it 40-35. The same official made Londoner Donovan Mortlock a 40-36 winner over Northern Ireland’s
Casey Blair (Bangor), who was staggered by a big right uppercut in the second and bled from the nose.
Elsewhere, Mitchell Frearson (Hornchurch) beat Hungary’s Pal Olah 40-36 for Mr Every.
THE VERDICT Bigger things await Mckinson, Edwards and Machado.
FINE DISPLAY: Edwards is too good for Farrag