Wig­glesworth de­fends ti­tle


Hull Daily Mail - - SPORT - By Will Jack­son Sports writer will.jack­[email protected]­plc.com

MATTHEW Wig­glesworth suc­cess­fully de­fended his Cen­tral Area Mid­dleweight ti­tle with a bat­tling points win over Jack Sel­lars at the KCOM Sta­dium.

Wig­glesworth nar­rowly saw off his Hal­i­fax-based coun­ter­part 96-95 af­ter an emo­tional war of at­tri­tion span­ning ten rounds to ex­tend his un­beaten pro­fes­sional record to seven wins and two draws from nine fights.

The 27-year-old started slowly in a test­ing first round as Sel­lars was the first to find his range, but af­ter com­ing out at a blis­ter­ing pace in the sec­ond Wig­glesworth soon had suc­cess and hurt his chal­lenger with a right hook.

As the fight pro­gressed there was lit­tle be­tween the pair as they bit down on their gumshields and em­barked on a gritty con­test of which much was fought at close quar­ters.

How­ever, it was Wig­glesworth who con­sis­tently de­liv­ered the most eye-catch­ing shots in what was the most en­ter­tain­ing fight of pro­moter Carl Greaves’ show in the Kingston Suite.

The Hull fighter thought he had found a break­through in the ninth round af­ter Sel­lars hit the can­vas briefly fol­low­ing an ex­change, only for it to be ruled a slip by the ref­eree.

Ul­ti­mately, though, he didn’t need the knock down with the score­card rul­ing in his favour to de­fend his Cen­tral Area crown for the first time.

Hull-born Ryan Gib­bons fought his way to a third suc­ces­sive points win in the sec­ond fight of the evening in a four-round con­test against the spir­ited Stephen Maguire.

Buoyed by the home sup­port, Gib­bons came out of his cor­ner quickly, pick­ing quick and ef­fec­tive shots be­fore un­leash­ing dev­as­tat­ing com­bi­na­tions to rock his op­po­nent in the first round.

The ban­tamweight did pick up a cut above his right eye in the third round, which served to spur Maguire on in the sec­ond half of the fight and prompt­ing wild swing­ing shots from the Manch­ester man as he sensed an up­set.

But, de­spite the gash threat­en­ing to im­pose on his vi­sion, the Ice­man kept his cool and showed the class he pos­sesses to box smartly and re­main be­hind his jab to win all four rounds con­vinc­ingly and con­tinue his un­beaten start to life in the pro­fes­sional ranks.

Luke Fisher got the evening un­der­way with his sec­ond ca­reer win over the tricky jour­ney­man Wil­liam War­bur­ton.

Scun­thorpe’s un­beaten wel­ter­weight found joy be­hind the jab and stalked his ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nent, who was tak­ing part in his 180 pro­fes­sional fight, around the ring to win all four rounds be­fore see­ing his arm raised in vic­tory.

Matty Wig­glesworth on his way to beat­ing Jack Sel­lars and, in­set, Ryan Gib­bons de­feat­ing Stephen Maguire Pic­tures: Richard Addison

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