Jon Kays won the Vacant International Masters super-featherweight title impressively stopping Welshman Dai Davies in the seventh round on the Steve Woods VIP show ‘Long Overdue’ at the Manchester Velodrome arena on Friday night.
1: Ricky Burns (Coatbridge), 28-2
3: Andy Morris (Wythenshawe), 19-3
4: Scott Lawton (Stoke), 27-6-1
5: Stephen Foster Jnr (Salford), 27-2-1
6: Kevin O’Hara (Belfast), 17-6
7: Femi Fehintola (Bradford), 21-2
8: Anthony Crolla (Manchester), 17-2
9: Paul Truscott (Middlesbrough), 14-2
10: Michael Brodie (Manchester), 36-4-1
Grainger 26, looks a better fighter at his natural weight and boxed well to out punch Anthony, who shipped some big shots to go the distance and give Grainger a good work out in front of his home fans.
Middleton’s Warren Tansey (5 -1 3KOs) out-pointed Doncaster journeyman James Tucker, who made the Manchester prospect work hard for his win over six rounds.
Tucker light on his toes was giving Tansey plenty to think about and his left hook, come uppercut shot caught Tansey a few times, but he was able to keep his composure and continually beat Tucker to the punch.
An action packed fifth round saw both stand and trade to have the crowd on there feet. Tucker was then back on his toes has Tansey again took control firing in shots from acute angles.
Tucker ended the fight strong to take a 60-54 verdict on the refs card and looks to have found his feet in the pro ranks after losing his debut bout to Paddy Ryan last year, but at 28 will be looking to get a move on.
Liverpool’s unbeaten 21 year old, Nick Quigley made it 6 wins out of 6, by out-pointing experienced West Midlander Kevin McCauley over four rounds.
Quigley is nice boxer well schooled in his work, but with all six wins coming on points so far, will be looking to work on his power has he steps up in class.
Quigley opened up well from behind his quick jab and was able to draw McCauley onto his punches, firing in good combinations to McCauley’s head and body.
It was a good win and learning fight for the Scouser, against a determined McCauley who is lined up to fight for the Midlands Area welterweight title next month.
In a featherweight battle of the southpaws, Manchester’s Blain Younis 21, out-scored Wale’s Jason Thomas 40-37 in a cracking fight.
Local lad Younis, from the local Northside boxing camp, was made to work hard for his 3rd victory against Pontypridd’s experienced journeyman Thomas, who was in his face all of the fight giving Younis a good test. But the Manchester prospect was up to the task and his better selection of shots and freshness helped him run out a comfortable win.
Manchester based Blackpool man Brian Rose 26, stepped back in the ring, after losing his last fight in devastating fashion against Birmingham’s Max Maxwell in May, when he was knocked cold in the 6th round in an up-set loss.
Light-middleweight Rose had been lined up to fight British champion Sam Webb for the Lonsdale belt this month, but the loss to Maxwell put paid to them plans for the time being and Rose found himself facing awkward switch hitter Terry Carruthers instead in a tricky career re-building fight.
The last year has been a soul searching event of boxing lows for Rose, who prior to the Maxwell loss was involved in a Central Area light middleweight title fight with Doncaster’s Jason Rushton. Rose won the fight and the title on points, but afterwards Rushton collapsed in his dressing room and was rushed to hospital to and put into an induced coma after suffering bleeding to the brain.
Rushton is making slow recovery from his injuries and the impact of that night had a profound effect on Rose who blamed himself for his opponents injury. After taking time out of the ring and coming to terms with the accident to Rushton, he decided to carry on with his career.
It was evident though in the defeat to Maxwell that Rose was a little pensive and maybe had still not got over the events of the Rushton fight. So Rose again found himself re-building his career in a fight against the lively 24 year old Carruthers, instead of challenging for the British title.
But Birmingham’s Carruthers had not read any script and gave an hesitant Rose all the trouble he could handle in the first half of this six rounder.
Rose is a good boxer and fights well from a tight guard, but was walking onto some of Carruthers swinging punches and getting beat to the punch. Rose picked up his work in the second half of the fight as Carruthers faded in the home straight, but as the final bell rang, Rose looked relieved to have his hand raised by the ref, in a fight that could have gone either way.
|Karl ‘Bulb Head’ Place|
The self proclaimed ‘Manchester Mexican’ Karl ‘Bulb Head’ Place was in top form when he out boxed, before impressively stopping London based, Mauritian Michael Frontin in the fifth round, cementing why he is highly regarded has a British fighter with Hugh potential.
The Marco Antonio Barrera fan Place, controlled his boxing behind a tight guard and took a few rounds to work out survivor Frontin, who had never been stopped prior to this fight.
Frontin is a tricky customer and with a quick left hand that he carries low, was always in-front of Place, giving him puzzles to work out. Place began to out the pressure on at the start of the fifted and pushing Frontin back launched a sweet right has Frontin dropped his left, once too often.
Frontin got to his feet quickly, but looked tired and shook up from the knockdown. Place went straight back to work and without rushing in systematically took Frontin apart to head and body before dropping Frontin again with another solid right hook.
Frontin took the referees eight count, but rose to his feet slowly and has the referee looked into his eyes and saw him in no state to continue, waved the fight over to the delight of Place, who takes his unbeaten record to (9 – 0 6KO’s)
Kieran ‘Visious’ Farrell out-pointed Jason Carr over 6 hard fought rounds. The aggressive Farrell backed up Carr throughout the fight, but couldn’t find the power to really hurt Carr. Farrell sets a high tempo and his work rate is impressive, comfortably taking the referees verdict.
Local Welterweight Austin Hornsby outpointed Carl Allen who was taking part in his 117th fight. to Hornsby’s 3rd. Both stood toe to toe throughout and put on a good fight for the crowd who were left, with Hornsby taking it 60-55.
Hornsby will have taken alot from the fight and can improve from here on in.
|Terry Flannigan with coach Stephen Maylett celebrate his 32nd round win|