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“I believed in myself and I said at the beginning I would win this – there were no doubts about it.”Mendy
In a Prizefighter tournament more noted for excitement than quality, Patrick Mendy became the youngest ever winner of the 8 man tournament and picked up the winning cheque for £32,000.
The 19 year old made an explosive start against Sam Horton (15-2-0) and was all over him from the first bell which prompted referee Ian-John Lewis to make a somewhat hasty stoppage.
In his second bout against Daniel Cadman(11-4-0), which was the fight of the night, It was an all out war in which skill went out the window, Mendy took the first round but Cadman to his credit, sprinted out for the second round and made a real fight of it.
Mendy eventually regained his composure to take the third round and seal his place in the final against English Super-Middleweight Champion Paul David.
David 25, from Northampton was fighting after 18 months of inactivity and looked impressive in his first fight against Carl Drake, scoring a devastating third round KO after which, Drake had to be helped to his feet.
His second bout was a drab affair against unbeaten Welshman Jeff Evans, David stayed behind his jab for most of the fight to ease to a points win and set up the final most people expected against the unorthodox Mendy.
In the Final bout, Mendy showed more desire than the Northampton man, and took the first round on shear work-rate alone.
In the break, David received a reminder from his corner to step up his game which he duly did and the second round was a much tighter affair.
Mendy showed more heart than David in the third round, with David needing a knockout and Mendy knowing that the prize was within his grasp.
The Gambian scrapper, who now fights out of Maidenhead in Reading stayed on top of the English Champ and saw out a clear points victory to bag the trophy and the cash.
I believed in myself and I said at the beginning I would win this – there were no doubts about it,” he told Sky Sports afterwards.
“They were always going to be tough fights. They were older than me, stronger and more experienced than me. But I always believed in my training.”
Brian Magee, the European Super-Middleweight Champion, who recently pulled out of a September clash with British Champ Paul Smith was on hand to present the trophy and a shot at his title for the prizefighter winner was touted beforehand.
Mendy vs Magee may not be the fight the public want to see, but with his refusal to face Smith, Magee is left with few options.
Hopefully the Smith fight can be salvaged sometime soon, but for Mendy, its onwards and upwards as the Super-Middleweight doors have now opened for him.
Full Prizefighter Super-Middleweight Results..
Patrick Mendy bt Sam Horton (1st Round KO)
Daniel Cadman bt Eddie McIntosh ( 29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Jeff Evans bt Peter Federenko (29-28, 27-29, 29-28
Paul David bt Carl Drake (3rd round knockout)
Patrick Mendy bt Daniel Cadman (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Paul David bt Jeff Evans (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Patrick Mendy bt Paul David (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
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Phil D Jay Reporting