Hun­gar­ian vis­i­tor’s ef­forts go un­re­warded

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LOUIS ADOLPHE had his hands full against Hun­gary’s Zoltan Sz­abo and looked, I thought, a tad lucky to get the ver­dict at York Hall. Ref­eree Kieran Mccann had Adolphe (Wim­ble­don) ahead by 58-56, cred­it­ing Adolphe’s counter-punch­ing over Sz­abo’s ag­gres­sion – but I felt Sz­abo was gen­er­ally land­ing more, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half. Sz­abo landed a good left hook to the body as the bell ended the fourth, and there was a lump on Adolphe’s right cheek.

A right to the body in the fifth had Adolphe grab­bing for safety, and Sz­abo kept up the pres­sure in the last, though Adolphe was con­nect­ing with light coun­ters. A left hook sent Adolphe into the ropes to­wards the end.

Old­ham’s Sam Omidi caused a sur­prise by hold­ing Croy­don’s Con­nor

Vian to a draw, ref­eree Lee Cook scor­ing 57-57. Omidi was cut on the left eye­brow and had a bump un­der the left eye, but showed plenty of ini­tia­tive and used his height and reach ad­van­tages well. The shorter Vian tried to get in­side and land – a right to the head rocked Omidi in the fifth, but he came back grimly. Omidi landed at long range in the last, and I felt he well de­served the draw.

Slough’s Jimmy Smith clearly outscored Bryn Wain (Yeovil), but had to get off the floor to do it. A com­bi­na­tion to the head dropped Smith by the ropes in the opener, but he rose at ‘three’ and started work­ing the jab. He pro­ceeded to out­work Wain, pick­ing his shots ef­fec­tively and scor­ing to head and body. Ref­eree Cook’s 60-55 score­line meant Smith didn’t even lose the first.

The one quick win­ner on this Bri­tish War­rior Box­ing bill was Maerdy’s Alex

“Bad News” Hughes, who lived up to his nick­name by halt­ing Poland’s Adam

Gra­biec 2-06 of a sched­uled six. Hughes be­gan by land­ing long, stiff jabs. The shorter Gra­biec moved away and tried to keep his guard tight, but Hughes landed a com­bi­na­tion to the head and then opened up, forc­ing Gra­biec back into the ropes. With noth­ing com­ing back, ref­eree Mccann waved it off.

In a fe­male six-twos, Is­ling­ton’s Cher­relle Brown out­worked Bul­gar­ian

Borislava Go­ra­nova and took ref­eree Mccann’s 60-54 ver­dict. Af­ter­wards, Brown took the ring mic to ded­i­cate her win to a friend who re­cently died of breast can­cer.

Seven four-rounders com­pleted the bill, four fea­tur­ing debu­tants. Rhys

Ed­wards (Tony­pandy) opened his ca­reer with a 40-36 win over Caer­philly’s

Rob­bie Forster, whose last bout was in July 2015. Forster tried but was gen­er­ally out­worked. Ed­wards picked his shots ef­fec­tively and was land­ing at will in the last. Mr Cook ref­er­eed.

Obi Eg­bunike (Ac­ton) forced things all the way against Ather­ton’s Wil­liam

War­bur­ton, tak­ing ref­eree Mccann’s 40-36 ver­dict, while Terry Con­roy (Po­plar) out­worked East­bourne’s Scott

Hill­man, and was duly re­warded with a 40-36 vic­tory from Mr Cook. Hill­man was rocked by a right to the head in the fourth. The one los­ing debu­tant was south­paw

Ser­gio Gugliotta, who dropped ref­eree Mccann’s 40-36 de­ci­sion to Lu­ton’s

Alex Bishop. Gugliotta came for­ward gamely but Bishop coun­tered ef­fec­tively, switch­ing stance and con­sis­tently beat­ing Gugliotta to the punch. Bishop was warned in the third for trap­ping Gugliotta’s arm. Thir­teen days ear­lier, Here­ford’s Dean

Evans came to York Hall and ru­ined Mo Gharib’s un­beaten record with a points win. He couldn’t do the same against Ber­mond­sey’s Jay Smith, who took a 40-37 win from ref­eree Cook. Evans spent long pe­ri­ods cov­er­ing up on the ropes, land­ing the oc­ca­sional counter. He in­dulged in a spot of clown­ing in the last, then opened up with a burst to the body, but gen­er­ally the ef­fec­tive work came from Smith.

Re­turn­ing after more than six years away, Hod­des­don’s Colin “Butch”

Gold­hawk was beaten 40-36 (Mr Cook) by Bed­font’s Taran Wil­lett. Gold­hawk had height and weight ad­van­tages, but both fighters looked to be car­ry­ing sur­plus. Wil­lett landed more in ev­ery round, and was con­sis­tently on tar­get with left hooks, though Gold­hawk took ev­ery­thing and never looked in trou­ble.

Alan Rat­ibb (Colch­ester) outscored Slo­vakia’s Ivan Godor, ref­eree Mccann tab­bing 39-37. Godor was wres­tled over in the first and sus­tained a ver­ti­cal cut on the bridge of the nose.

THE VER­DICT Adolphe gets the ver­dict, but les­sons need to be learned.


COUNTER-PUNCH­ING: Adolphe catches Sz­abo

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