Lenny Daws successfully defended his British light-welterweight title against Steve Williams at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday night.
Williams in just his 10th professional fight, started the fight brightly and looked to be taking his big chance well grabbing the first two rounds beating Daws to the punch and looking like he was ready to take it.
However Daws recovered from the slow start and from the third round on seized control of the contest, taking centre ring and began to use his jab stepping back and countering the incoming Williams.
Daws’ experience began to bear fruit and his impressive combinations began to stop the Merseyside challenger in his tracks. Daws is a notorious slow starter and when he got into his rhythm, began to show is superior skill.
Williams suffered a cut to his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in the fifth and although his corner did well to keep it under control, it didn’t help with Williams concentration as his work was becoming ragged as he played into the champions hands.
Williams came out fast in the eighth although he couldn’t sustain his attacks has the heat began to sap his stamina and Daws again took the initiative back, opening up another cut on the same damaged eye,the referee took a long look at the cut come the end of the round and after being patched up Williams’ corner and the Referee were happy to let the fight continue.
In the end, though, it was no more than a last hurrah from the 26-year-old. Before the start of the 11th his corner decided enough was enough, pulling their man out to save him from any further punishment.
Daws – who took the title from Barry Morrison last year – is now just one more successful defence away from winning the Lonsdale belt outright.
“I’m happy with the result, but the performance wasn’t brilliant,” the champion told Sky Sports afterwards.
“It was a little bit hot in here tonight, though I’m not using that as an excuse. I was making him miss at times. I used that to my advantage and picked him off.”
Asked who he would like to fight next, he replied: “Whoever, it doesn’t bother me. I will fight anyone. My ambition is to win this (the belt) outright.”
Bradley Pryce finally gained revenge over Ted Bami – eight years after losing the first fight between the two.
Bami produced a stunning sixth-round stoppage back in 2002 but this time never made it out of the second, a heavy knockdown forcing the referee to wave off the contest.
Former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion Matt Skelton claimed a victory with a fifth round stoppage triumph against Lincoln’s Lee Swaby.
Swaby looked out of his depth as Skelton landed 49 times in the opening three rounds compared to only 12 from Swaby.
It ended in dramatic style after a minute of the fifth as a beautiful right hook from Skelton saw Swaby fold as his legs gave way. He scrambled to his feet but signalled to his corner that he had taken enough punishment.
Prince Arron became Prizefighter Light-Middleweight champion earlier this year and he continued his march towards a shot at the British title with a fine victory over Midlands title holder Tony Randell.
A perfectly-timed right uppercut from Arron sent Randell sprawling to the floor in the fourth although the fight was not over. In the sixth a barrage from Arron saw Randell go down again, although Arron also lost his balance and ended up on top of his opponent.
Once again Randell managed to continue but Arron pressed forward and got the stoppage after two minutes, eight seconds of the sixth.
Michael Lomax is another who has tasted Prizefighter success as he was victorious in the welterweight tournament back in 2008.
He was up against former Ghanian champion Stephen Okine and Lomax looked in complete control for the opening five rounds.
But there was nearly a twist in the tale as a bad clash of heads in the last left Lomax cut in the centre of his forehead with blood gushing down his face and on to the canvas.
It made for a thrilling finish as Lomax was pushing for a stoppage before his cut denied him. It went the distance and Lomax avoided further damage to claim a deserved victory by 59-55.
Barry Morrison returned to winning ways after a number of body shots did damage to Billy Smith’s ribs. Smith, competing in his 96th fight, had only been stopped six times throughout his career but that figure moved to seven as, after being floored in the first, Smith retired on his stool before the start of the second.
Poland’s Gregorgz Proksa maintained his undefeated record as he easily outclassed Alex Spitko. Proksa now has 21 wins from 21 contests after flooring Spitko twice in the second and once in the fourth before the referee put Spitko out of his misery.
Londoner George Hillyard gained a hard-fought points victory by a score of 59-57 over Keiron Gray, who suffered only the second defeat of his career.
Phill Gray won the opening fight of the night, a welterweight contest, as he defeated Jason Nesbitt 40-36 on points.
Hugely popular light-welterweight Chris Evangelou won an entertaining clash with Aaron Fox. Evangelou got the verdict by a 40-36 scoreline and is now undefeated from four contests.
British Boxing, York Hall, London Results Friday, July 9 2010
12 x 3 mins British Light-Welterweight Championship
LENNY DAWS (Morden) v STEVE WILLIAMS (Liverpool)
8 x 3 mins Welterweight Contest @ 10st 10lbs
BRADLEY PRYCE (Newbridge) v TED BAMI (Brixton) – RSF R2
6 x 3 mins Heavyweight Contest
MATT SKELTON (Bedford) beat LEE SWABY (Lincoln) – RSF R5
6 x 3 mins Welterweight Contest @ 10st 9lbs
MICHAEL LOMAX (Chingford) beat STEPHEN OKINE (Ghana) – PTS 59-55
6 x 3 mins Light-Middleweight Contest @ 11st 5lbs
GEORGE HILLYARD (Chingford) beat KEIRON GRAY (Telford) – PTS 59-57
6 x 3 mins Light-Middleweight Contest @ 11st 2lbs
PRINCE ARRON (Droylsden) beat TONY RANDELL (Birmingham) – RSF R5
6 x 3 mins Light-Welterweight Contest @ 10st 4lbs
BARRY MORRISON (Motherwell) beat BILLY SMITH (Worcester) – RTD R2
4 x 3 mins Light-Welterweight Contest @ 10st 2lbs
CHRIS EVANGELOU (Wood Green) beat AARON FOX (Westbury) – PTS 40-36
4 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest @ 9st 12lbs
BRADLEY EVANS (Royston) v JASON CARR (Sheffield)
6 x 3 mins Middleweight Contest @ 11st 8lbs
GREZGORZ PROKSA (Redhill) beat ALEX SPITKO (Mansfield) – RSF R4