Johnson inspired BY Smith’s heroics TO ‘shock the world’

 

Brit ace inspired by gym-mates’ Groves win ahead of Beterbiev clash

 

(Chicago – October 2) Callum Johnson is targeting a ‘Callum win double’ and follow gym-mate Callum Smith’s World title win with his own stellar triumph at the elite level when he challenges IBF World Light-Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Saturday night (October 6) live on DAZN.

 

Johnson’s fellow Joe Gallagher-trained banger Smith knocked out George Groves in Saudi Arabia to win the World Boxing Super Series and bag the WBA Super, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight crowns.

 

Boston banger Johnson (17-0 12 KOs) knows he has to put in the performance of his career against Russian wrecking machine Beterbiev (12-0 12KOs), but after returning to action with a stunning first round KO of Frank Buglioni in his last outing in London in March – and the 33 year old predicts a violent showdown with the champion on Saturday, and another memorable night for Gallagher’s gym.

 

“Callum’s win has just inspired me even more to win here,” said Johnson. “It was a stunning performance and he’s the number one in the division now, and that’s what I want to become at Light-Heavyweight.

 

“I’ve dreamt of moments like this since i was a kid. No one else wants to fight him but I can’t wait to get in there with him. I’m living the dream and I genuinely believe I will shock the world.

 

“I know about him, if I wasn’t confident I wouldn’t be here. We were amateurs around the same time but we never came across each other to fight, but I would have done then and now we are fighting and it’s on a massive stage for a World title so it’s even better.

 

“He is a strong, powerful beast and he’s a very good fighter, it’s a tough ask, but it’s a challenge that I am up for and I’m full of belief.

 

“We’re not going to have to look for each other. He likes to KO people and so do I. We’ll meet in the middle of the ring and let the bombs go. There will be thought involved and we can both box, but we both want to take people out with bog shots, so it’s going to be exciting

 

“I shocked people [against Buglioni] and I don’t really know why. People had forgotten about me, out of sight, out of mind, but I showed them what I am capable of against Frank. I’ve been written off again and maybe rightly so, but I can KO any Light-Heavyweight in the world, and he’s no exception.

 

“People said ‘he’s never boxed anyone as good as Frank Buglioni’ – no disrespect to Frank, but I could name 20 fighters I’ve boxed that are better than Frank. Yes, it was in the amateurs with headguards, but just because people hadn’t seen me do it in the amateurs, doesn’t mean that I couldn’t. There’s still a lot more to see from me, my best has not come out in the pros.”

 

Johnson’s battle with Beterbiev is part of a massive night of action in Chicago, topped by the WBC Silver Welterweight title clash between Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme.

 

Daniel Roman defends his WBA Super-Bantamweight crown against another Brit, second time World title challenger Gavin McDonnell, Brooklyn’s brash Heavyweight star Jarrell Miller meets Polish legend Tomasz Adamek and local favorite Jessica McCaskill can make history as Chicago’s first women’s World champion when she challenges Erica Farias for the Argentine’s WBC World Super-Lightweight title.

 

Three debutants grace the bill as Team USA talents Reshat Mati, Nikita Ababiy and Nkosi Solomon lace them up for the first time.

 

Along with these World stars and promising youngsters, Chicago fight fans will be able to back two of their own on the night, with unbeaten Bantamweight prospect Shawn Simpson joining McCaskill on the card.

 

Tickets for October 6 are on sale now priced $40, $60, $100 and $200 and are available from:

 

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SAM BOWEN READY TO BECOME FULL-TIME FIGHTER


 
SAM BOWEN hopes for a double celebration this weekend winning his second professional title and preparing to quit his day job.
 
He challenges Horacio Alfredo Cabral (21-2) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Title at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday (October 6).
 
But Ibstock’s British champion still works full-time building digger engines for Caterpillar meaning he has to run in the morning and can only get to the gym in the evenings.
 
He recently signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren and says: “Signing a promotional agreement with Frank and boxing on BT Sport will hopefully change things.
 
“I have spoken to my manager Carl Greaves and after this fight we need to look at a sponsor to cover my wages.
 
“I earn good money at my job and my son is only four months old so I cannot just jack my job in.
 
“While I can do my job and box I will, but the fights are getting serious and harder now that I am promoted by Frank.
 
“I don’t know really know rivals like Zelfa Barrett, Archie Sharp and Leon Woodstock, but I think they are all full-time professionals. The majority of lads at my level are training full-time.
 
“Becoming a full-time boxer will only benefit myself and everyone around me.”
 
Argentinian Cabral, 29, caused a big upset on the road last year when he toppled unbeaten Logan McGuinness in Canada – his only fight outside his homeland.
 
Bowen (13-0) insists having to work 40 hour weeks has not hindered his training ahead of debut on a Warren bill.
 
“I am lacking rest at the moment and my body is always sore, but I am super-fit and do not miss training because of work,” added the 26-year-old.
 
“After the morning run a lot of champion boxers rest and have their food, I am straight to work. Rest is as important as training.”
 
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £100, £150, £200 and are available to purchase from Eventbrite and Ticketmaster.

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GARNER PUNCHING IN GOOD COMPANY


 
AFTER A MEDICAL mishap resulted in him missing out on a June date, Ryan Garner has been keeping good company as he prepares for a return to the ring at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on Saturday.
 
The featherweight prospect – who faces Elvis Guillen in his eighth professional contest – after sparring Carl Frampton in the build-up to the Jackal’s huge Windsor Park occasion against Luke Jackson, has maintained the Northern Irish theme by trading friendly fire against Michael Conlan.
 
The 20-year-old also embarked on a week-long camp to join British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh for sparring over in Tenerife.
 
“Obviously I was supposed to fight in June but on the Thursday before the fight we got a call to say that my brain scan was out of date and we couldn’t get it done in time,” reflected Ryan on being absent from the 02 Arena show.
 
“I was gutted but it was just a mistake from us. It won’t happen again, don’t worry, we’ve all got it written down now – my mum, my dad, all of us.
 
“For this fight now I have sparred Michael Conlan for my last spar of camp and before that we were over in Tenerife sparring Ryan Walsh. That was a really good week and we did an eight and ten round spar together.
 
“It was just the whole different thing training out there and I really enjoyed it. All your focus on is solely on training and resting, so it made a really good camp for me.
 
“Conlan is technically very good and a real tricky customer. He gets you thinking and that is what you need.”
 
Exchanging blows with British champion Walsh and blue chip prospect Conlan provides Ryan with a useful measuring stick when it comes to charting his own progress in the pro game.
 
“I’m getting closer and closer every day, I feel. With every camp I’m having I am getting better and better all the time,” he stated, before adding that he is banking on his promoter Frank Warren steering him towards title contention next year now the pair have renewed their promotional pact.
 
“We have signed a new contract just to show we are both committed to each other and I owe him massively because he has been there for me through thick and thin.
 
“We are putting our futures together and I am happy about that because he has stuck by me and I truly believe that he can take me to where I want to be.
 
“We’ve got a good relationship and he rates me, so why would I want to go anywhere else?
 
“I look forward to getting a title next year.”
 
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
 
Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £100, £150, £200 and are available to purchase from Eventbrite and Ticketmaster.

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WILDER V FURY: PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Boxing – Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury Press Conference – BT Sport Studio, London, Britain – October 1, 2018 Promoter Frank Warren seperates Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

 
Today in Stratford marked the first stop on the three-city media tour to officially launch the promotion of the heavyweight championship of the world contest between the lineal champion Tyson Fury and the WBC ruler Deontay Wilder, which will take place on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
 
Fury v Wilder is live and exclusive on BT Sport Box Office, December 1st. For more info go to btsport.com/boxoffice
 
Tyson Fury
 
A little correction for you. I am no challenger to no man, I am the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. That means I am the best of the best, the elite champion. This is two champions colliding, I am challenging for nothing or nobody, this is equal rights champion vs champion.
 
I am savouring nothing here. The only thing I am savouring is smashing Deontay Wilder’s teeth in, that’s it. I’ve come here today and all the press has turned up, the world’s press is here – Showtime, BT Sport, UK and American press.
 
They are here to see the biggest fight of our generation between two undefeated giants. And boy are you going to get a fight. You are in for a real treat, don’t worry about that.
 
Because I am in the mood for no messing and no running around rings and dancing from nobody. There is not a 15st man on the planet that can beat Tyson Fury and I will stand and prove what I will do to this idiot. I will punch his face right in for him, not a problem, seven days a week and twice on a Sunday.
 
If we fought 30 times I’d win 30 times. That’s how confident I am of beating Deontay Wilder. No problem.
 
For all your knockout power, ten men in the ring on the night wouldn’t beat Tyson Fury.
 
I have looked into a killer’s eyes and I am looking at a pussy cat, not a killer.
 
Deontay Wilder
 
It is very important for me to establish dominance. I say so many things in this sport, I say I am the best, I say I hit the hardest and that I am the baddest man on the planet. And I believe every word that I say.
 
When I say I’m going to knock a man down it comes to pass. So when it comes to Tyson Fury I am all about devastating knockouts, that’s what I do. There is no pressure on me to do anything because I know what I’m going to do.
 
You’ve just got to be there to witness it. He’s got two months to get ready and he has already lost a lot of weight and has to lose a little bit more. He knows he’s gonna get knocked out. He can hoop, he can holla, he can build himself up and build confidence.
 
He needs to meditate on his situation because he will feel pain he’s never felt before. I can’t wait, ya’ll know when it is time to come and see a Deontay Wilder fight and you’re only coming to see one thing, me knocking somebody out.
 
The 41st person to be knocked out is the man you are looking at right here.
 
Lou DiBella
 
It has been a long time since the heavyweight division has had two giants like this, two champions at the top of their game, at the top of their division wanting to fight one another and making it happen.
 
It is not rocket science making the fight and the young man to my left here (Shelly Finkel) spent a lot of time working on another fight with a guy from your country who didn’t want to fight. There was an opportunity when this man got back, cleared himself up and got into the shape he’s in, Shelly and Frank made this fight very quickly.
 
When two great champions want to fight, the fight happens and that is why December 1 is happening. When the Bronze Bomber fights the Gypsy King, the lineal champion fights the hardest punching heavyweight in the world, the WBC champion, we’re going to know then and there who the best heavyweight on the planet is, until proven otherwise.
 
The winner of this fight on December 1 will be the best heavyweight on the planet.
 
Shelly Finkel
 
I have nothing but respect for the lineal champion who, when I was handling Klitschko, I did not think he had a chance. He proved me wrong. He is not going to prove me wrong twice and that will be shown on December 1 when Deontay takes care of business.
 
We didn’t pick the fight because we believe it is easy, we believe Tyson is the best out there. That is why we want to fight the best and only the best. We have nothing but respect because your countryman didn’t have the guts to step up like you do.
 
Frank Warren
 
The fight is happening, contrary to what some people are saying, and it is the two best, the best because they are willing to step in the ring together. That is what great fighters do, the lineal champion fighting the WBC champion, both undefeated and we are going to see something special on December 1.
 
I think it will be a fight that nobody expects. This is not going to be cat and mouse; this is going to be a war. As soon as that bell goes we will have a war. I know what this man brings to the ring and he has a fighter’s mentality.
 
You are going to see a special heavyweight fight, the best for a long, long time
Do not miss it, as a boxing fan you want to see this and you can buy it on BT Box Office and Showtime in the States. It is a fight you cannot afford to miss.

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SHEFFIELD PAIR GET LIVE TV BILLING IN ELIMINATOR TITLE FIGHTS


 
Sheffield fighters Tommy Frank and Loua Nassa will both fight in Commonwealth Title eliminators against experienced Tanzanian opposition on October 12 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena, live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95, Virgin 553).
 
Super flyweight Frank, 8-0 (1), takes on Adam Yahaya, 18-2-1 (7); while Nassa will look to negotiate the challenge of Nasibu Ramadhan, 25-12-2 (13).
 
Frank hasn’t put a foot wrong as a pro. The 25-year-old, who is trained by Glyn Rhodes, picked up his first belt – the Central Area Title – in April against Craig Derbyshire, but will face his first real test against Yahaya.
 
Nassa – one of five pro siblings – was going great guns until coming unstuck against Brad Watson in February, in an English Title challenge. Since that stoppage defeat, Loua, 22, has returned to winning ways with a victory in April.
 
“Brad Watson pulled out of this super flyweight eliminator against Tommy, and so did Hassan Ahmed for whatever reason, so we’ve got him matched with this Tanzanian,” explained promoter, Dennis Hobson. “We’ve also got Loua in a Commonwealth Title eliminator at bantamweight. These will be two smashing fights, we’ve got a decent undercard, and I’m pleased that the show will be live on Freesports as well.
 
“I’ve got high hopes for Tommy and Loua. They’ve both got the experience now and it’s time to move them on, and test them. A Commonwealth Title eliminator isn’t an opportunity that comes along every day, but we believe in them, and this is a platform to start getting them onto the world scene.
 
“I believe in them, they’ve both got the right aptitude and attitude for the game. This is going to be a big step for them, but I do think they both have a chance for big things. My track record shows that I can move fighters onto the world scene, and I just need them to play their part now between the ropes.”
 
Dennis Hobson Promotions present an evening of boxing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on October 12. Topping the bill will be Sheffield’s Tommy Frank and Loua Nassa in Commonwealth Title eliminators. The undercard will feature Sheffield fighters Dan West; Kane Salvin; Keenan Wainwright; Sufyaan Ahmed; Mohammed Alqotaibi, and Hakeem Nassa. Also appearing will be Manchester’s Michael Gomez Jr, and Buxton’s Irvin Mango.
 
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After Bloody Battle Royale’s Doherty, Decastro and Peers Crowned Champions

 
Ringside Report: Gianluca Di Caro
Photographs Courtesy of Mirek Marcinski
 
On Friday, whilst most boxing fans were preparing for the World Super Series final between George Groves and Callum Smith to be beamed over from Saudi Arabia, I made the trek up from my London home to Derby for the weigh-in at the Stein Strasse Bar in the City for an event at Pride Park the following day.
 
Have to say I’ve been to quite a few weigh-ins, but can’t recall any here in the UK that could be termed an event in themselves. The only one even remotely similar I can recall attending was at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York back in 2007.
 
With so much effort put into the presentation of the weigh-in, I have to admit I was feeling right up for the event itself the next day, as I made my way to Pride Park, and as it turns out quite rightly so.
 
The headlining fight, that featured Derby’s very own Ross Doherty and Latvia’s Gvido Seilis, was for both the World Boxing League (WBL) and European Boxing League (EBL) European Super Welterweight Championships.
 
As the opening bell both combatants strode to centre ring and entered into the battle more akin to mortal combat of Roman Gladiators than modern day Pugilists, such was the sheer eruption of violent combat that ensued.
 
As like Warriors from the past Doherty and Seilis positioned themselves face to face across the battleground, neither willing to concede a single inch in the battle for superiority of the first stanza. Wow, fantastic all action first round.
 
Doherty’s power and precision earned him the first couple of rounds in my eyes, but in the third it was Seilis that caught the eye, he stepped up the pace and began to dominate much of the round, backing up the Derby man with big solid straight rights.
 
Initially early in the fourth it was again Seilis in the ascendency, however around the minute mark Doherty got behind his jab to open up opportunities for him to let rip with some big rights of his own and soon wrestled back control of the round, as well as the next two or three.
 
Seilis came out hard and fast in the seventh and went to work on the body and head of Doherty, forcing the Derby man to be a little more defensive than he had in the previous rounds.
 
The next couple of rounds were really close, one or two way too close to call in my view, as both protagonists went toe-to-toe from start to finish of each round.
 

 
The tenth and final round was sensational it was an incredible Battle Royale, have to admit didn’t expect the round to reach it’s natural conclusion as both Warriors dug deep into their arsenal, as well as both threw caution to the wind and began hurling and landing power shot after power shot. What a sensational round.
 
After ten magnificent rounds of boxing it was to the scorecards. Judge Adrian Thorne 98-95 – Judge Mark Wakefield 99-94 and Judge James Ancliff 99-92, all in favour of Ross Doherty, the new WBL & EBL European Super Welterweight Champion.
 
The penultimate contest of the night see Wolverhampton’s Emily Pugh (1-0-0) making her second professional outing, against Latvian débutée Veronika Sirajeva.
 
Right from the off Sirajeva shot across the ring and began firing massive power shots that not only forced Pugh to cover up but also initially silence the Wolverhampton girl’s highly vocal fans.
 
After the initial shock of seeing their adored heroine taking such an onslaught from the newcomer, they soon became highly vocal again calling for Pugh to counter with equal force (sounds far better than ‘smash her head in’, which was the gist of the shouts), Pugh responded forcefully to gain a semblance of control.
 

 
What ensued then was a full on war, with neither conceding an inch of ground to the other.
 
Phew what a round, seriously couldn’t split them – points wise, neither could Referee Rob Jones who scored it a draw.
 
Again in the second Sirajeva started hard and fast, however this time after an initial covering-up, Pugh responded with equal venom before getting behind her supremely strong jab to keep the hard charging Latvian at bay, well to a degree.
 
Similar in the third, however in the fourth it was Pugh that forcefully secured centre ring early on. Utilising her excellent jab Pugh began to control the proceedings.
 
As the round progressed Pugh forced her way through the Latvian’s guard, landing solid shots on Sirajeva’s chin and nose.
 
Prior to the start of the fifth Sirajeva’s coach summoned Referee Rob Jones and informed him that the talented young Latvian was unable to continue due to injury.
 
To describe the roar of joy from Pugh’s fans that echoed around the rammed to the hilt Pedigree Suite at Pride Park when Rob Jones waived off the contest, as loudly ecstatic would be like describing the Derby County fans reaction to the Rams’ victory over Manchester United just a few days earlier as just plain chuffed, seriously it was intense.
 
For the record after four rounds Referee Rob Jones’ scorecard read 40-37 in favour of Emily Pugh.
 
Prior to the Pugh-Sirajeva contest, was the second Championship contest of the evening, an all Merseyside Derby between Paul Peers and unbeaten Craig Kennerdale.
 
As if the fact it was an all Merseyside Derby wasn’t enough to add that extra element of spice to the contest, Peers is an avid Everton fan, whilst Kennerdale a fanatical supporter of Jürgen Klopp’s high flying Liverpool and more importantly there was a title on the line, the vacant Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Silver English Welterweight Championship.
 
Right from the opening bell it was a full on war, both lads going toe-to-toe letting rip with power punch after power punch.
 

 
By round three it was clear that it would be impossible to tip a winner, first round you couldn’t split them, neither could the judges, the second going to Kennerdale and the red side of the City and the third to Peers and the blues.
 
The fourth was a bloody affair, with both Kennerdale and Peers bleeding from the nose, have to say what a round though, it was pugilistic heaven to watch as both protagonists went full on for the full three minutes.
 
The fifth was very much in the same vein, as was the sixth, and once again control was switching back and forth.
 
Kennerdale gained the upper hand, just, in the sixth after stepping up the already scintillating pace. Not to be outdone Peers stepped it up further and took control of the seventh.
 
To describe the eighth and final round as sensational would have to be deemed the understatement of the year, it wasn’t a war it was Pugilistic Armageddon, so much so there wasn’t a single person seated, the entire audience on their feet screaming their support for one or t’other, even the neutrals in the house bellowed, so enthralling was the round.
 
The frenetic tension, of the combatants and their teams as they awaited the scorecards to be read, was palpable to all in attendance.
 
The stress only easing after the cards were read – Judge Adrian Thorne 78-78 (Drawn), Judge Mark Wakefield 78-76 in favour of Peers and Judge James Ancliff 78-77, also in favour of Peers, who claims the PBC Silver English Welterweight Championship accolade.
 

 
Have to say this was an awesome fight, one that very much deserves the Fight of the Night honours, and I’m sure many will agree with me also a future rematch.
 
Second fight of the night pitted Bardney, Lincolnshire’s unbeaten Nathan Decastro (13-0-0) against Accra, Ghana’s Agoe Ashong (11-1-0) for the vacant Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Super Middleweight Commonwealth Championship.
 
Both protagonists went for it hard and fast right from the opening bell, however it was Decastro that wrestled initial control, forcing the Ghanaian back onto the ropes with a series of powerful hooks to the body.
 
Each time Ashong attempted to slip or spin away, Decastro bought him straight back in-line with a big hook to the body before proceeding to punish the Ghanaian’s body and head with big powerful lefts and rights, which set the standard not just for the rest of the first stanza but also the next couple of rounds.
 

 
Whilst the first few rounds could have been fought in a phone box and Decastro very much had the upper hand, it soon become a totally different affair, as fate dealt Decastro a mighty blow.
 
During one of the many full on exchanges in round four Decastro sustained a leg injury, later confirmed as a pulled hamstring.
 
Ashong sensed the opportunity to turn the fight in his favour and went hard on the attack, throwing a huge right, Decastro countered, The Ghanaian let rip with a double-handed flurry before dancing away.
 
Decastro tried to close Ashong down and let rip with a big right, but the highly mobile Ghanaian slipped under the lightning fast Exocet and danced around the mobility challenged Englishman before letting rip with big right of his own.
 
From this moment on Ashong switched his tactics, dancing around the ring, virtually goading the limping Englishman into wild swinging attacks, initially Decastro obliged and in doing so presented Ashong the opportunity to get the upper hand and land some powerful shots.
 
However, savvy words from his corner in the break see Decastro change his tactics and instead of trying to chase the fast moving Ghanaian around the ring, slowly but surely cut-off the ring until in a position to back Ashong onto the ropes or into the corner before making a sustained attack.
 
Whilst this tactic didn’t work every time, it did enable the stricken Englishman to gain the upper hand and secure or draw many of the remaining rounds, even those where the Ghanaian had utilised questionable tactics, mainly due to alert officiating from Referee Rob Jones, who was left with no option but to deduct a point in both the fifth and eighth rounds
 
Right from the opening bell of the twelfth and final round Ashong stepped up his attacks, going full out to try and secure a knockout, secure in the knowledge that this would be the only way he could achieve victory.
 
The fact that Decastro was virtually static by this point must have made the Ghanaian confident that this tactic would be successful, however Ashong hadn’t taken into account the Englishman’s determination or his world class ring-craft.
 
Decastro, even with the debilitating injury, weaved and slipped each attack before countering with good success, more importantly he didn’t let Ashong drag him into a slugging match for the final minutes, which was surely enough to secure a hard fought victory.
 
Decastro and his team nervously awaited the scores to be read out, whilst Ashong and his team confidently had their hands raised, but the confidence in the faces soon drained as the scores were read out – Judge Adrian Thorne, 119-108, Judge Mark Wakefield 120-108 and Judge James Ancliff 119-109 all in favour of Decastro.
 

 
Opening fight for the Professional element of the event see Jack Jones from Leeds making his professional debut against Dundalk, Ireland’s Michael Kelly in a four round Super Welterweight contest.
 
Jones started the contest confidently, taking the fight to Kelly and displaying some nice slick moves, much to the delight of his many fans that had travelled down the M1 from Yorkshire.
 
As the round progressed Kelly began to slowdown the ever-forward movement of the Leed’s youngster by displaying the exceptional skills that earned him a shot at the WBF international title a few years back.
 

 
Jones responded well to the test, initially countering before taking back control of centre ring with a forceful control that put the Irishman back onto the back foot.
 
Jones virtually controlled the next couple of rounds, except for short episodes where Kelly would wrestle control and test his young opponent’s metal.
 
The fourth and final round was a cracker, Jones had settled into a flow and looked to be well and truly in control of the proceedings, interrupted only by flashes of pure brilliance from Kelly, unfortunately not enough for the Irishman to prevent Jones from charging on to a clear 40-36 points victory.
 
This was my fourth visit to Derby to attend Dan Gray’s events, each has been superior to the previous, not just because of excellent genuine fifty-fifty contests that he features, or the fantastic venue, but also his dedication to making his shows a fantastic night out for the fans with additional entertainment.
 
On Saturday night the venue had a Casino theme that included Roulette and Games tables, a Magician and an awesome singer, OK I admit I was only there for the Boxing, but also have to admit I really enjoyed the entertainment too, can’t wait for his next show.

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