Jon Kays

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.

Local lad Kays 27, (13-1 3KOs) from Ashton and trained by Bobby Rimmer, was coming into the contest on the back of a six fight unbeaten run and looked in superb shape in this his first opportunity to get his hands on a belt.
Kays started the contest on the front foot, using his jab to range find Davies and back him up with straight right hands, but Davies fighting well on the back foot, was using his ring craft to pot shot Kays coming in and countering with his own good shots.
Davies with a loud traveling support at ringside cheering his every move, was gaining confidence as the first few rounds went on, his boxing was flowing more than Kays, who looked to be a little tense which saw him forcing his work at times.
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Merthyr Tydfil man Davies (6-13 1KO) is a real have gloves will travel bloke an honest fighter who has shared the ring up and down the country at short notice, with the likes of Martin Lindsay, Matthew Marsh, Derry Mathews, Gary Sykes, Jamie McDonnell, Rendall Munroe and Jason Booth, and his experience and neat boxing style was giving Kays plenty to think about.

By the fifth round Kays had started to find the distance and began to hurt Davies with some good body shots and short hooks that were now countering Davies shots. Kays banging his chest and calling the man from the valleys into him began to stamp his presence on the fight.

With both trading big shots in round six, it was now Kays who was looking the stronger and imposing his strong will, a trade off in centre ring to end the round, had apparently taken more out of Davies than it had Kays, who came out for round seven with a more purposeful look of intent.
Giving Davies more angles to contend with, Kays shots now seemed to be troubling the Welshman more and mid way through the round  Davies was down from a chopping hook. The referee took up the count and Davies rose and took the count. 

Kays looked keen to get the action back underway and pushed forward to get Davies out of there another flurry of punches dropped the Merthyr man and the writing was now on the wall.

Davies got to his feet again and gamely nodded to the ref that he wanted to continue, trying to box his way back, Davies just didn’t have the power to keep Kays off, and a chopping right hand from Kays felled his man face first, there was no count the fight was over as worried ringsiders rushed to make sure Davies was OK, he was as he was helped to his stool.

Kays who has re-built his faltering career with Manchester coach Bobby Rimmer after losing his unbeaten record to Craig Johnson in 2008, was handed the brand new blue Masters super-featherweight belt still in its wrapper and his smile at receiving his first honour in the paid ranks was a picture.

Kays now hopes to get a top 10 British ranking at super featherweight and there are some tasty match ups out there for him in this healthy weight division of boxers.
Super featherweight rankings

1: Ricky Burns (Coatbridge), 28-2 

2: Gary Sykes (Dewsbury), 16-0 
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
On the Undercard
At cruiserweight Heywoods Martyn Grainger opened the show with a points win over Doncaster’s John Anthony and looked comfortable in doing so, after his stint up at heavyweight last time out when he lost to Liverpool’s David Price in the first round.

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.

The Mohican haired Tansey looked sharp and purposeful against the slippery Tucker who is a better boxer than his record suggests. Tansey worked well behind a snappy jab and constantly knocked Tuckers head back with right crosses.

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.
Blain Younis

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
Another local prospect super featherweight southpaw Terry Flannigan (above) blasted his way to an impressive second round stoppage of late substitute opponent Kassai Kassai  from Hungary.
Flannigan shot out of the blocks at the first bell jumping on Kassai and hurting him to the body. Kassai retreated has the positive Flannigan looked ill pressed to hang about in this one.
Kassai looked shocked by the tempo Flannigan had set and retreated into survival mode not offering much back other than resistance. By the end of the first round Kassai looked all but had enough of Flannigan who had thrown every shot in the book at the Hungarian import who looked ready to throw in the towel.
Three punches and one right hand into the second round Kassai was down, he took the referees count and was waved to fight on, but another swift attack from Flannigan and a short left uppercut to the jaw dropped Kassai for the second time and the ref had seen enough and waved it over. Flannigan 21, improves his record to 7 – 0 with 3KOs.
Steve Woods VIP Boxing promotions staged a good show of local talent in a well matched card and continues to provide these successful shows for the under current of Northwest talent to showcase their skills.

By Chris Maylett


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