11th July 2011

courtesy – Jamie Speight

Professional boxing made a welcome return to Plymouth on Saturday night at the Guildhall, after an absence of three years. 

The Keith Mayo promoted fight card, saw International Masters light welterweight champion Jamie Speight out-point experienced journeyman Kristian Laight over eight action packed rounds to take referee Wynford Jones’ verdict 78-75.

Speight was making his ring debut in the city taking his record to 10 wins and 1 defeat, but was made to work hard for his win.

Nuneaton veteran Jones, had come for the victory in this his 15th ring appearance of the year and gave Speight a good fight to the delight of the home fans, who cheered on Speight through the fight and across the finishing line in fine style.

Local lightweight prospect, Dean ‘Dynamite’ Mills out-pointed late substitute Raffi Khan over four rounds in what was an hum-dinger of a four-rounder.


The Londoner, received a standing count right on the bell to end of round three. Mills then decked his rival with a big right hand after a sustained period of pressure. Khan rode out the pressure, but Mills was awarded the fight 40-36.

John Harrison drew with Tommy Marshell in their middleweight contest over six scrappy rounds. Harrison, in his 31st pro fight, after the fight brought some unexpected drama, when he reveled T-Shirt reading ‘Will You Marry Me’ – He then proceeded to go down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend at ringside ‘Julie’ who got in the ring to say ‘I will’ – Let’s hope they both live happily ever after. Congratulations John and Julie!

Welshman Lee Churcher stopped Guildford’s Louis Byrne at 43 seconds of the first round, when a big right hand caught Byrne flush, dropping him on the seat of his pants. The referee didn’t take up the count and waved it over with Byrne not in shape to carry on.

Sean Bowman stopped stopped Darren Price in the third round at super bantamweight in a scheduled six-rounder.

Ben Morrish out-pointed Dan Carr over six rounds 58-57

By Chris Maylett

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