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Martin im­presses on top of a marathon 14- ght card

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SWIN­DON’S Ryan Martin cap­tured an 80-74 vic­tory over Lithua­nia’s Edv­inas Pu­plauskas on Jeff Hinds’ card in head­lin­ing a Neil­son Box­ing show at the MECA. Martin de­liv­ered a rounded and ma­ture per­for­mance that smoothly com­bined cal­cu­lated at­tacks with some ex­cel­lent de­fen­sive head­work and foot­work. Ryan rou­tinely slipped the jab and switched an­gles of ap­proach to con­vinc­ingly take each ses­sion.

In the first of two shutouts ref­er­eed by Lee Ev­ery, Bices­ter’s Scott James bested Poland’s Pa­tryk Buczek 40-36. James de­liv­ered a good punch out­put as he claimed cen­tre ring con­sis­tently to dic­tate the ac­tion. The vis­i­tor did well to re­turn fire de­spite clearly com­ing sec­ond best.

Brighton’s ul­tra-sharp Harlem Eubank looked so quick and slick in get­ting a 60-54 suc­cess against Bri­er­ley Hill’s durable MJ Hall. Eubank ef­fec­tively found a home for the straight right hand against his south­paw foe and often fol­lowed up with snap­ping left hooks.

Swin­don’s Phil Williams was held to a 38-38 draw on Mr Ev­ery’s slate by Hun­gary’s Ferenc Zsalek in a slow­paced af­fair. The im­port came for­ward but was in sub-op­ti­mal shape. Williams scored with the right hand, but found his shots off-tar­get reg­u­larly.

In the first of a quar­tet of four­rounders of­fi­ci­ated by Mr Ev­ery, We­ston­super-mare-based Ro­ma­nian Vladimir Ge­orgiev won his de­but against La­tivia’s Kristaps Zulgis by 39-37. Af­ter get­ting caught with a thump­ing right in the opener, Zulgis was more elu­sive in the sec­ond. Ge­orgiev, well-schooled as an am­a­teur, looked both skil­ful and pow­er­ful over the sec­ond half of the con­test.

Glouces­ter’s Max Mud­way also kick­started his paid ca­reer as he romped to an im­pres­sive 40-35 win over Lithua­nian tough­man Arvy­das Trizno. Mud­way was fast and clever as he set about the ex­pe­ri­enced East­ern Eu­ro­pean from the first bell. Max’s foot­work im­pres­sively set up some blis­ter­ing multi-phased at­tacks and kept Trizno in de­fen­sive mode. Arvy­das was knocked through the ropes in the sec­ond and needed ev­ery sec­ond of his con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence to last the course.

Swin­don’s Said El­tuyev won ev­ery round (40-36) against South­wark’s awk­ward Vic­tor Edagha. El­tuyev pressed the fight and forced Vic­tor to be­come less neg­a­tive over the con­test’s du­ra­tion. Edagha turned and swayed away from at­tacks to try and stay out of the line of fire as El­tuyev ac­cu­rately jabbed to head and body.

Sam Smith from Swin­don re­turned to win­ning ways as he out­pointed Latvia’s

Rai­monds Sniedze by 39-37. Smith started each ses­sion well on the jab, but seemed to fade and get caught in range as each round pro­gressed.

In the first of three bouts over four ref­er­eed by Mr Hinds, Farn­bor­ough’s

An­dre Grant took a solid 40-37 de­ci­sion over Caerphilly’s Rob­bie Forster. The Welsh­man took the sec­ond on my card and played his part, but Grant was the more as­sertive fighter.

Fleet’s Aaron Collins pipped Read­ing warhorse Ibrar Riyaz by 39-38. Riyaz marched in and at­tempted to walk Collins down. Aaron boxed largely on the back foot and fired straight right hands up­stairs and down­stairs.

In the evening’s only quick fin­ish, Cam­ber­ley’s Jonny Phillips stopped Leeds’ Russ Mid­g­ley at 1-53 of the first. A right hand sep­a­rated Russ from his equi­lib­rium and he was rock­ing around the ring un­der the weight of Phillips’ at­tack, be­fore an­other right hand prompted the stop­page.

Wit­ney’s Bradley Townsend looked ra­zor-sharp and con­fi­dent in over­com­ing Black­wood’s Paul Du­cie by 59-55. Townsend switch-hit ef­fec­tively and reg­u­larly beat Du­cie to the punch. Paul walked in and looked to en­gage Bradley to stake his claim, but was a step be­hind through­out.

Ex­eter’s Harry Webb was upset by Can­nock’s Lee Gunter as he dropped a 60-55 ver­dict. Gunter closed the gap well on the taller fighter and de­nied Webb the lux­ury of space or respite. Harry at­tempted to keep the bat­tle at length, but Lee’s crowd­ing and swarm­ing, com­bined with his high punch out­put, proved a win­ning for­mula.

Swin­don’s Bec Con­nolly lost to Liv­ing­stone’s Elaine Greenan by 40-36 over four-twos. Greenan ex­ploited her ad­van­tages in height and reach to out­work the shorter Con­nolly and force her back with con­sis­tent two-fisted at­tacks. Mr Hinds of­fi­ci­ated all three con­tests.

THE VER­DICT Martin is ready to step up in class in 2019.

Photo: NAOMI YOUD

COM­POSED: Martin hurls his left as Pu­plauskas braces for im­pact

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