2-1 TO SHINKWIN

New English ti­tlist wins rub­ber match against old foe Mcin­tyre

Boxing News - - ACTION - Si­mon Euan-smith RINGSIDE

MILES SHINKWIN beat old ri­val Joel Mcin­tyre to take the va­cant English lightheavy­weight ti­tle at York Hall (Good­win Box­ing). Shinkwin (Bushey) was de­clared a unan­i­mous win­ner by scores of 99-91, 96-94 and 97-93. Be­fore giv­ing the ver­dict, the MC an­nounced that ref­eree Terry O’con­nor wanted a round of ap­plause for both box­ers after a great con­test. I didn’t see it like that. This was their third meet­ing, all go­ing to 10-round ver­dicts – and maybe they knew each other too well. At any rate there were no real high­lights, with a lot of pos­ing and feint­ing.

There was drama, with both suf­fer­ing dam­age to the left eye – Shinkwin in the sixth, from a clash of heads, Mcin­tyre (Portsmouth) in the sev­enth. At the start of the eighth, Mr O’con­nor halted the ac­tion, so the doc­tor could ex­am­ine Shinkwin – there was now an ugly ridge of flesh over the eye. But he was al­lowed to go on, and the bout duly went the dis­tance. Mcin­tyre has sub­se­quently an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the sport.

South­paw Deion Jumah (Chelsea) won the va­cant South­ern Area cruis­er­weight belt, floor­ing and halt­ing Willes­den’s

Ossie Jervier in the fifth. A right to the side of the head dropped Jervier by the ropes. Jumah fol­lowed up quickly, with a left-right putting Jervier down again. He was up fast, but ref­eree Robert Wil­liams com­pleted the com­pul­sory count, took a care­ful look and waved it off at 2-08.

Ricky Lit­tle (Southamp­ton) grabbed the va­cant South­ern Area su­per-fly­weight strap with a sparkling win over Green­ford’s

Jack Hughes, ref­eree Kieran Mccann scor­ing 96-94. Though they weighed the same, Hughes looked much big­ger, but Lit­tle took the early ini­tia­tive, scor­ing with rights in the first two ses­sions. After that Hughes started to make his reach ad­van­tage tell, and landed well at long range. There were some good ex­changes, and both were marked up at the fin­ish.

Youssef Khoumari (Wem­b­ley) halted Portsmouth’s Dave Birm­ing­ham after 1-16 of the sixth and fi­nal round. The end was sud­den. Birm­ing­ham pressed, Khoumari coun­tered, and then Khoumari strayed low and ref­eree Mark Bates gave Birm­ing­ham time to re­cover. When they re­sumed Birm­ing­ham went on the at­tack, but Khoumari hit back, and Mr Bates called it off with Birm­ing­ham tak­ing stick on the ropes. Birm­ing­ham gave it a good try, al­ways press­ing for­ward, but Khoumari stayed cool, moved well and scored with coun­ters.

Chris Davies (Rich­mond) knocked out Hun­gary’s At­tila Ti­bor Nagy in the first of a sched­uled six, but only after be­ing decked him­self. Nagy’s early at­tack caught Davies by sur­prise and he went down, tak­ing the full eight-count. He held on, then two rights had Nagy hold­ing. A Davies as­sault had Nagy in trou­ble on the ropes and even­tu­ally he dropped to one knee. The bell rang dur­ing ref­eree Mccann’s count – Nagy shook his head dis­con­so­lately and was duly counted out after 3-08. El­lis Zorro (Hayes) beat Hun­gary’s

Krisz­tian Harangi at 1-45 of a slated four. Harangi came out fast but Zorro started coun­ter­ing. Harangi was quickly cut un­der the right eye, had a bump un­der the left eye, and bled from the nose. Harangi cov­ered up in his own cor­ner but two body shots sent him down. Ref­eree Bates waved it off, and it was an­nounced as a tech­ni­cal count-out. Harangi was given oxy­gen.

Anelle Massey (Min­ster) had a tough de­but against Lithua­nian Vaida

Ma­siokaite, who al­ways looked to counter as Massey came for­ward. After four lively two-minute rounds, Mr Mccann de­clared a 38-38 draw.

De­nis Denika­jev, a Lithua­nian based in North Lon­don, out­pointed Lee Hal­lett (Can­ning Town), ref­eree Wil­liams scor­ing 40-35. Hal­lett was floored in the third. Mean­while, Lu­ton’s Li­nus Ud­ofia shut out Slo­vakia’s Michal Gazdik, Mr Bates scor­ing 80-72.

Rom­ford’s Mark Lit­tle edged Lithua­nia’s Dmitrij Kali­novskij by 58-57 (Mr Bates), while Sil­ver­town’s Daveiel

Men­des de­feated Remigi­jus Zi­ausys – an­other Lithua­nian – by 60-53 (Mr Wil­liams). Mr Mccann scored for Rob­bie Chap­man (Cam­den Town) over Lyd­ney’s Lewis van Poestch by 40-36, and for Ricky Heav­ens (Hayes) against

South­wark-ital­ian Vic­tor Edagha by 39-38. Mr Bates marked in favour of Jonathan Palata (Sy­den­ham) against Slo­vakia’s Michal Lukacik by 40-36, and for Jerome Camp­bell (Kings­bury) ver­sus King­steign­ton’s Jamie Speight by 40-37. Else­where, Mr Wil­liams had Lon­don-based Si­cil­ian An­to­nio Bevilacqua beat­ing Cardiff’s Rhys Saun­ders by 39-37.

THE VER­DICT Maybe Shinkwin and Mcin­tyre know each other too well now.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/JED LE­ICES­TER

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