Gutsy West is halted in Cen­tral Area ti­tle elim­i­na­tor

Boxing News - - ACTION - Andy Whit­tle

AN eight-round bat­tle of York­shire­men in the Cen­te­nary Suite at El­land Road (Bate­son Pro­mo­tions) saw lo­cal favourite

Tom Young se­cure a stop­page win over Sh­effield’s gutsy but ul­ti­mately out­classed

Dan West in what was a Cen­tral Area wel­ter­weight ti­tle elim­i­na­tor.

Al­ready ahead at the half­way stage de­spite the third ses­sion hav­ing been closer, Young be­gan the fifth with a hefty right to the head. From that point on­wards he looked a sure-fire win­ner, al­though his vic­tory did come a lit­tle sur­pris­ingly. A sud­den burst of in­tense pres­sure proved the stim­u­lus for ref­eree Howard Foster to in­ter­vene with just seven sec­onds of the sixth re­main­ing.

Leeds’ Ish­mael Davis tri­umphed for the sec­ond time in a lit­tle over a week. He dropped Old­bury’s Dwain Grant once in each ses­sion, the third time with a short left, be­fore ref­eree Foster

in­ter­vened at 2-10 in the third of a sched­uled four.

Mr Foster scored two fur­ther bouts 40-36, ad­judg­ing Hal­i­fax’s Kyle Scully a win­ner over Stock­port’s Jamie Quinn and do­ing like­wise as Heck­mond­wike’s

Cory O’re­gan saw off Torquay’s Adam Ban­nis­ter. An­thony Don­ald­son

from Skegby had a de­but to for­get, last­ing just 65 sec­onds of a four-rounder be­fore fail­ing to beat the count of Mike Alexan­der, hav­ing been sent to all fours by a pair of club­bing rights from York’s chis­elled Michael Fafera.

Mr Alexan­der over­saw three fur­ther fours, two of which fin­ished in shutout wins, an­other that saw just a sin­gle point sep­a­rat­ing the two com­bat­ants.

That closer af­fair re­sulted in a 39-38 suc­cess for come­back­ing Steven

Men­nell of Leeds, who edged past game Hull-based Lithua­nian Zy­gi­man­tas

Butke­vi­cius in a close-fought en­counter. The two 40-36 win­ners were Leeds debu­tants Chris Og­bon­son and Luke

Kelly. Og­bon­son im­pressed against Black­burn’s Na­heem Chaudhry, while Kelly, who im­proved with ev­ery round, over­came Hyde’s Dale Ar­row­smith.

THE VER­DICT Young now has his sights set on se­cur­ing a ti­tle.

BRAVE: But Young takes a stop­page win over West [right]

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