COLIN WINS THE DAY

Lo­cal Mcguin­ness is stopped in an ac­tion-packed clash

Boxing News - - ACTION - Gary Shaw RINGSIDE

WITH just one loss be­tween them and ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions alike, the top-of-the-bill eight-round light­weight con­test on this VIP pro­mo­tion at the Olympia be­tween Skelmers­dale’s Colin Day and Liver­pool’s

Tom Mcguin­ness had al­ways promised to be an ex­cit­ing main event – and it cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point.

Un­beaten in seven pro bouts, Mcguin­ness – with ad­van­tages in height and reach – looked to work pa­tiently be­hind his jab, but Day – more com­pact and ev­i­dently in much more of a hurry – never let the taller man set­tle. Even though both landed some good shots in the open­ing two rounds, it was Day who quickly raced into an early lead as the lo­cal seemed to be dragged into a fight his style rarely suited.

To the de­light and roar of the crowd, both fighters had pe­ri­ods of suc­cess in the next few frames – some­times stand­ing toe to toe – but Day looked the more im­pres­sive, fin­ish­ing the fourth par­tic­u­larly strongly, be­fore clev­erly slip­ping away after be­ing caught on the ropes in the fifth to land two great shots him­self.

Al­though they un­der­stand­ably tired in the sev­enth, Day’s pres­sure fi­nally told as he dropped his ri­val for a count of ‘eight’ half­way through the round. Mcguin­ness’ task was made even harder as he was docked a point for hold­ing soon after. It was at this point, with lit­tle com­ing back, that ref­eree Dar­ren Sar­gin­son waved it over with just four sec­onds of the ses­sion re­main­ing.

Ruthin’s Sion Yax­ley opened the night’s pro­ceed­ings with a solid points win over Stour­bridge’s ex­pe­ri­enced Kevin Mccauley. Ref­eree Jamie Kirk­patrick scored 40-36. Mean­while, Liver­pool’s James Far­rell looked im­pres­sive – and ready for a step up – as he stopped tall Lithua­nian Iman­tas Davidaitis in a sched­uled four-rounder. Giv­ing away height and reach, Far­rell boxed clev­erly in­side. The end came just 17 sec­onds into round two when a right to the body was fol­lowed by a left hook to the head that sent the vis­i­tor down in two stages, be­fore Mr Kirk­patrick waved it over.

Pretty much every­one in the arena looked puz­zled when Mr Sar­gin­son gave Birm­ing­ham’s Ben Fields a 39-38 de­ci­sion over lo­cal debu­tant Jamie Collins. Al­though slow­ing a lit­tle by the third round, Collins looked to have done enough to war­rant a re­verse of the scor­ing in his favour.

War­ring­ton’s Mike Mckay al­most halted Czech Re­pub­lic’s Ivo Zed­nicek

at the end of their con­test, but the bell saved the vis­i­tor and he had to make do with a 40-36 points vic­tory from Mr Kirk­patrick. Busy from the start, Mckay landed some good, fast com­bi­na­tions through­out.

Former Isle of Man am­a­teur stand­out,

Matthew Ren­nie, marked his pro de­but with a stylish 40-36 win over Glas­gow’s

Gary Mcguire. Now based in Liver­pool, the Manx man was never in trou­ble. Mr Sar­gin­son ref­er­eed.

In an en­joy­able clash, Liver­pool su­perlightweight Luke Wil­lis show­cased his full reper­toire as he out­boxed and out­foxed Ne­wark’s sea­soned Fonz Alexan­der. Ef­fi­cient and pa­tient, with fast hands and good shot se­lec­tion, Wil­lis has yet to drop a round in nine pro bouts and is ready to move up the rank­ings in a hot divi­sion. Mr Kirk­patrick scored 60-54.

Eve­sham’s ex­pe­ri­enced Brett Fi­doe

had won his pre­vi­ous three to edge to 12 wins from 65 con­tests ahead of his meet­ing with Liver­pool’s Sean Cairns,

and “The Threat” proved to be just that again as he took a de­served 39-38 de­ci­sion over the lo­cal. Cairns did lit­tle in the first two ses­sions, al­low­ing Fi­doe to gain con­fi­dence and mo­men­tum as he did enough to get the nod from Mr Sar­gin­son.

If the crowd were shocked at that re­sult then it was lit­tle com­pared to what fol­lowed as Birken­head’s former Com­mon­wealth light­weight cham­pion,

Sean “Masher” Dodd, dropped a six-round ver­dict to Sun­der­land’s much­trav­elled Jor­dan El­li­son. In a scrappy and of­ten at­tri­tional af­fair, Dodd im­proved as the rounds wore on, but he ac­knowl­edged to ringside after the fi­nal bell that the con­test was closer than many thought. He was proved cor­rect as Mr Kirk­patrick scored El­li­son a 59-57 win­ner.

THE VER­DICT Day and Mcguin­ness end an en­ter­tain­ing show in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

Photo: KAREN PRIESTLEY

CAUGHT: Day’s pres­sure gets to Mcguin­ness [right]

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