Dumfries Event Report
First fight of the night at Easterbrook Hall saw Kokoro Kai’s Marc “Dynamite” Dixon continue his progress in the semi-professional boxing ranks with a straightforward win against Newcastle’s Shane “Boom Boom” Bowmer. Dixon dropped Bowmer in the opening round and won the contest by way of a second round TKO.
Dixon Won TKO Round 2
In an entertaining Lightweight contest Moodiesburn’s Thomas “The Assassin” Graham picked up a points win over Newcastle’s Jak “Celtic Warrior” Johnson. Johnson boxed well throughout and landed some choice left hooks but the pressure of Graham saw him take a unanimous points victory.
Graham Won Points
Glasgow Light-Welterweight Taz “The Pious One” Irshad picked up a close points victory against Pete De Moraes of the Nemesis Boxing Club. De Moraes was making his debut and acquitted himself well – in a well matched contest which is to be repeated later this year.
Irshad Won Points
Glasgow’s John “Cruel Intentions” Stevens maintained his unbeaten record against Newcastle’s Michael Cotcha – moving to 13-0. Cotcha is a very powerful Heavyweight who entered the ring with the reputation as a big punching – having scored a series of KO victories across both boxing and MMA bouts. Stevens started fast and maintained the pressure throughout rounds 1 and 2 – keeping Cotcha on the back foot and not allowing him to unload with power shots. Cotcha’s corner retired him at the end of the second round – citing a hand injury.
Stevens Won TKO Round 2
Coatbridge’s Gary “The Mint” Murray continued the excellent run of form which has seen him score 6 impressive wins since joining the SK Boxing Promotions team in April. Waggit provided a stern test – with an awkward and aggressive style which knocked Murray out of his usual fluid boxing style. Murray ran out a clear points winner.
Murray Won Points
After the late withdrawal of his scheduled opponent Martin “Bonecrusher” Smith had to adjusted to facing an orthodox opponent – rather than the southpaw opposition he had prepared for. Smith started fast and produced an excellent right hand cross which dropped Gray for an 8 count within the first minute. Gray fired back but Smith piled on the pressure, dropping Gray again and forcing the stoppage. This was an impressive debut for Smith and full credit must be given to Gray who took this contest at very short notice.
Smith Won KO Round 1
Home favourite Hannah did not disappoint his home fans in this Middleweight contest – piling pressure on Cookson from the outset and claiming an impressive points victory. This was Hannah’s first contest following a long lay-off and he is now looking to build on this excellent performance.
Hannah Won Points
8. RED Thomas “Jexxy” Jexx (Johnson’s Gym, Newcastle)
BLUE “Iron” Imran Ahmed (SK Boxing Promotions, Glasgow)
Welterweight Ahmed was making his return to the ring, following a number of years out of the ring. Jexx claimed the centre of the ring from the outset – with Ahmed contest to work off the back foot. Ahmed looked to have done enough to claim the opening two rounds – with Jexx coming on strong in the last, with Ahmed running out of steam. The judges awarded Jexx a majority points decision in a contest which could have went either way.
Jexx Won Points
In this Super-Middleweight contest Tamworth’s Turford edged Castle Douglas’ Thomson on points – the judges favouring Turford’s aggression over Thomson’s work on the back foot. Turford worked well when he backed Thomson up and was a worthy winner.
Turford Won Points
Newcastle’s Greener and home favourite Kaseem “The Mean” Saleem promised a toe-to-toe battle and did disappoint. Greener started fast – looking to push Saleem back with powerful swinging hooks but Saleem took the round due to his higher workrate. The second round saw a controversial 8 count administered against Saleem – who looked to be complaining about holding rather than having been hurt by anything Greener had thrown. The last round saw both boxers stand their ground and let some heavy shots go – but again Saleem looked to edge the round. The judges favoured Greener by way of a majority decision – which is a fair reflection of the effort Greener poured into the contest, but the controversial 8 count was a big factor in the outcome. Greener’s first title defence will be against Saleem – and the rematch will hopefully be as entertaining as this contest.
Greener Won Points
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