The Southcoast town of Brighton saw professional boxing return to it’s entertainment schedule last Saturday night, July 11, the first time in over fifteen years.
Local club Brighton and Hove ABC Run by Scott Welch. Michael Alldis (Gloves On Sports) added the first professional card to their successful amateur showpiece, to produce a Pro/Am fight card of the highest standard.
Former British champions Welch and Alldis, together with Glen Harris of South Coast Productions – and sponsored by iBoxing Trainer started the the new professional section of their shows in fine style and with some well matched competitive fights from the both codes, if this starter is anything to go by, the next segments of their promotions will be ones to look forward to.
|Chris Eubank Jnr hurts Nathan DeCastro to the body
Chris Eubank Jnr. son of the former middleweight world champion, was the name everybody wanted to see and with dad at ringside filming the action on his iphone, junior didn’t disappoint and was in terrific form, stopping Nathan DeCastro in the 2nd round of their amateur fight rematch.
Contrary to belief this wasn’t Eubank’s last amateur fight, before he embarks on a career in the paid ranks and will continue in the amateurs for now and fights again tonight (Thursday) in Haringey, North London.
Chris Eubank Jnr. vs Nathan DeCastro
With a comedian to split the amateur and pro segments, the headguards and vests came off and the professional action kicked off with some hard and close fought fights that had the large crowd shouting to the rafters of the Metropole Hotel on the seafront, a fantastic venue for boxing.
Oliver Jones (St Gerards) beat Josh Ellis (B&H) – unanimous points
Dan Craghill (b&h) beat John Jackman (Littlehampton) – rsc 1st round
Vince Macneill (B&H) beat Niko Stathinakis (Littlehampton) – unanimous points
Wayne Ingram (City of Gloucester) beat Lloyd Ellett (B&H) – majority points
James Child (B&H) beat Finn Metcalf (West Hill) – rsc 2nd round
Frank Sictorness (Norwich Lads) beat Harry Bambridge (B&H) – majority points
Irv Pascal (B&H) beat Mitch Smith (Bracebridge) – unanimous points
Chris Eubank Jnr. (B&H) beat Nathan Decastro (Bracebridge) – rsc 2nd round
The amateur boxing was of a very high standard all round and the lads revelled in the big fight atmosphere and under the spot light in this professionally organised show, infront of a big crowd. With many famous boxing names at ringside, including Eubank senior, Scott Welch, Michael Alldis, Julius Francis, Ross Minter and Herbie Hide to name but a few, nobody wanted to disappoint and that produced some very competitive matchups.
In the main event Tony Owen comfortably outpointed Birmingham’s Jason Nesbitt 100-91 – whilst the stylist Ross Payne outpointed the switch hitting Ibrar Riyaz in an entertaining match-up to get the professional action underway.
|Ross Payne lands a big right on Ibrar Riyaz
It was Payne’s third straight win in the pro’s and after a good start, Riyaz dug in and made him work hard for the victory,the referee had it 39-37 in favor of Payne.
Scott Welch’s first pro signing Danny ‘Bad News’ Hughes had to pull out of his proposed fight because he suffered a cut in a fight a week before, but the big Northeast lad was ringside to see the rest of the pro action unfold.
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Vinny Woolford upset local lad Daryl Setterfield on points over four rounds in a tough contest final scores of 39-37 seemed about right and both fighters came out of the fight with credit.
Brighton’s Nicky Jenman (pictured right) was impressive in his win over Chris Brophy outpointing the Swansea man over four rounds 36-40.
All in all the whole night was a big success and was topped off with promoter Scott Welch the former world title challenger being presented with a WBC honorary belt on behalf of the organisation for his services to boxing. SkySports were there to film the action which added to the big fight atmosphere.
The next Brighton and Hove ABC boxing show will be held at the local football club ground and promises to be bigger and better than this one, that might take some doing!
Boxing is back in Brighton in a big way and the future is looking bright for the Southcoast boxing fans, who hope to recreate the good old days with the crop of new talent coming through the amateur and pro ranks.
BritishBoxers would like to thank Glen, Michael and Scott for their fantastic hospitality they shown our three representatives who travelled down from Manchester to attend the show. We were involved in helping with the promotion of the show and there new iboxing trainer app. and look forward to working with the ambitious and ultra professional outfit in the future.
Photographs from the night (copyright by Southcoast Productions)
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