MCKINSON MARCHES ON

Un­beaten south­paw turns back game Mc­ness

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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.

Photo: SCOTT RAW­STHORNE/UN­KNOWN BOX­ERS

FINE DIS­PLAY: Ed­wards is too good for Far­rag

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