Den­zel tri­umphs in the opener, writes Philip Sharkey from ring­side

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THE Pea­cock Gym’s an­nual Christ­mas din­ner show, pro­moted by Mark “Mo” Prior in the lux­ury sur­round­ings of the Lon­don Hilton on Park Lane, saw early end­ings in all four bouts. Bat­tersea punch­ing ma­chine Den­zel

Bent­ley, un­der three weeks af­ter knock­ing out Serge Am­bomo, saw off Stour­bridge-based Em­manuel Moussinga af­ter just 2-07 of a sched­uled eight-rounder.

Bent­ley came charg­ing out from the first bell, launch­ing heavy shots to body and head. Moussinga could only cover up, hop­ing the storm would sub­side. How­ever, ref­eree-for-the-evening Kieran Mccann stepped in as an­other at­tack down­stairs pinned the Cameroon-born Swiss na­tional on the ropes. I thought the stop­page came a tri­fle early, but some old heads at ring­side be­lieved the de­ci­sion was spot on. Moussinga seemed dis­mayed at the end­ing, and was still protest­ing back in his dress­ing room af­ter­ward. In a full-blooded six-rounder, Gravesend’s

Sean Phillips, much im­proved af­ter a de­but draw with An­thony Fox last year, dug in im­pres­sive body shots to slow down Yeovil’s al­ways-will­ing Bryn Wain. It was an in­jured hand that prompted the end of hos­til­i­ties at the close of the third, when Mr Mccann ac­cepted Wain’s re­tire­ment.

Two debu­tants both notched sec­ond-round win­ning starts. For­mer GB Elite boxer and WSB rep Chris Bourke had too much in his arse­nal for West­brook’s brave Ricky Leach. The Streatham south­paw showed off some good foot­work, chang­ing an­gles to knock down Leach for an eight-count. Upon ris­ing, Mr Mccann led Leach back to his cor­ner af­ter 26 sec­onds of the ses­sion. Mean­while, tall Ukrainian Dorin Krysh­maru be­came the first to halt Hod­des­don’s Colin “Butch”

Gold­hawk, who was res­cued af­ter 2-25, his nose dam­aged and seep­ing claret.

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