|“Vicious” Kieran Farrell|
Jamie MacDonnell and Stephane Jamoye put on a gritty, intriguing display to the masses on SKY Sports on Saturday night at the Doncaster Dome.
Of course, not everybody was fortunate enough to bask under the media glow when plying their trade, though this did not diminish the quality of some of the action on offer in what turned out to be a great night of boxing.
“Vicious” Kieran Farrell embarked on his eighth paid outing in what was the opening bout of the evening. Farrell, who has forged an early reputation as a crowd pleasing pressure fighter, seemed to take a somewhat calmer approach to this contest early on, taking some time to settle into his work whilst still having a lot of success with a patient double jab to work his way inside the awkward Carr’s defences.
The Heywood man reverted to his trademark aggressive best late on in the 1st as he attacked the body frantically, forcing Carr to smother him with holding tactics. Any attempt at headhunting was neutralised by Carr, apart from a couple of meaty looking hooks in the second, setting up the ever present body attacks.
Much of the same followed in the final two sessions, with Farrell unfortunately unable to place the explanation point on a fine performance that saw him announced as the victor at 40-36.
At times, it looked as though the stoppage could indeed be on the cards, as Carr struggled to offer any notable resistance to the advancing Farrell’s incessant body work and well placed hooking, seemingly tiring him further as the fight progressed. Alas, the four rounds did not allow enough time for such a result.
Farrell will be in action in March in his first six round affair and he will be hoping that the extra two rounds will work wonders for his knockout ratio as he makes a perfect start to 2011.
|Flanagan with trainer Maylett|
Terry Flanagan, a well regarded member of the Stephen Maylett Stable made it 9-0 (4 KO’s) when he halted Featherweight Stoyan Serbezov in 2 one-sided rounds.
The first saw an extremely sharp Flanagan working well off of a snappy jab, using combinations to rack up points early as Serbezov attempted to weather the storm with a high guard.
The second saw the end of the fight, when an elbow injury forced the Bulgarian to take a knee in agony, as referee John Latham counted him out after 16 seconds of round number two.
Hard-hitting welterweight Southpaw Dale Miles took his career into double figures when he beat “Lucky” Simone Lucas in impressive fashion, dispatching him via KO in two rounds.
Lucas was far from faithful to his moniker ah he fell from a heavy left hook after an initially cautious start from Miles. The Alfreton boxer continued his bombardment in the second, cunningly sliding away from any potential answer from Lucas and replying with his own heavy shots.
The end came following a right hand / left hook pairing from Miles. After the mandatory eight count, Miles followed up with the patient power punches that marked the end.
Referee Michael Alexander had seen enough, calling time on the fight at the 1:58 mark and advancing Dale Miles’ destructive record to 10-0 (7 KO’s)
Glenn foot had a fairly difficult night’s work when he faced off against fellow Light-Middleweight Dee Mitchell, Foot started well, maintaining a busy work rate throughout the opener and making an early impression with some decent body work as he pushed Mitchell back.
The second signalled a change in the momentum of the fight slightly, as Foot was caught by Mitchell frequently, opening a cut above the right eye of the Sunderland boxer. Mitchell grew in confidence as a result and lowered his hands, a sign of contempt for Foot’s ability.
Following the minor obstacle, foot switched his tactic to a more crude approach, launching the right hand at will and trying to land a shot that would end the fight.
The third continued in the same vein, with Mitchell caught and shaken by Foot’s heavy artillery. The cut had definitely disrupted foot’s concentration though, and his work was undone by poor defensive awareness as he was found at the receiving end of a heavy left at the end of the third.
In the final session, it was clear that Mitchell was attempting to draw his opponent in to a fight that could help with a last gasp win. Foot was hurt by a right and looked increasingly uncomfortable as he tussled with Mitchell seconds before the last bell. Despite the hardship, Foot was rewarded with a 39-38 points victory, and most probably a headache to follow as a memento.
20 year old Light welterweight prospect Maxi Hughes recorded a victory on home turf in an exciting scrap with the more experienced Graham Fearn. The fight entertained with its back and forth action in the first, with Hughes edging it.
The equilibrium was slowly disturbed, as Hughes began to unload from the second onwards. There were numerous times in the four round match where a stoppage looked imminent. A beautiful uppercut followed a powerful left hook in the second, as Hughes tried to secure his first early win. He was unable to do this however, but will surely be pleased with the shutout 40-36 win he was awarded by sole arbiter John Latham.
Josh Warrington continued his winning run against journeyman Steve Gethin – who was outpointed 40-36 following a display of fast, effective punching and plenty of variety from the promising 20 year old Yorkshire man, who looks like a notable prospect for the future.
The final encounter of the evening pitted Hull’s Tommy Coyle against the much bigger Andrew Patterson in a four round fight.
Coyle started well, negated the bigger man’s size advantage with a darting-type attack, using the jab and evading any potential comeback by quickly bouncing away from danger with good movement.
The second saw Coyle suffer from the bigger mans power, as he caught a left hook that temporarily stunned him. He then hit the deck from a right hook following a successful spell consisting of a concentrated body attack. Despite the clear clean contact from Patterson, the fall was ruled a slip by the referee and Coyle fought on.
Patterson’s confidence was boosted by the positive second and he was able to once again catch Coyle whilst he came in to attack. This forced Coyle to go on the retreat as Patterson endeavoured to push him back.
The final round saw Coyle go back to the body, and put the gloss on a 40-37 victory, which provided a difficult test for Coyle in front of his enthusiastic travelling support at the Doncaster dome.
In other action, Chad Gaynor scored a 4 round points win over the well travelled kristian Laight and Liam Cameron scored a 4th round TKO over Lester Walsh, though he looked as if he could have ended proceedings much sooner at times over his outgunned adversary.
By Jamie Albrecht at ringside