But the Blackpool man began to find his range by the midway stage and with his better range of punches began catching Dawson clean.
Manchester prospect Rhys Roberts from the Collyhurst and Moston lads club, was pulled out of his contest against Daniel Kodjo Sassou at the end of the 1st round, by coach Pat Barrett, after sustaining what is thought to be a broken hand.
Frenchman Sassou 31, has been a regular face on the Northwest boxing scene lately having also faced Manchester’s Scott Quigg and Joe Murray in recent month’s and would have been a good yard stick fight to judge Roberts own progress in comparison in a fight scheduled for 8 rounds.
Roberts 21, damaged his right hand when he landed a big shot half way through the first session. Barrett, the former British and European light-welterweight champion and training under study to the legendary Brian Hughes, was not tempted to send his charge out and risk permanent damage to the hand.
It means that Roberts surrendered his proud unbeaten record and moves to 12-1 – but it is a decision later said Barrett, talking to Hatton.TV that he stands by.
|Barrett in his heyday
“When he came back to the corner, he said I think I’ve broke my hand again, I said is it the same one? he said yeah.
“I could have said go out there Rhys and he would have done everything I would have asked him to, he could have fought with one hand! But why do that?
“Because it would have damaged a young fighter, so id rather do this and there’s no shame, as you see he could have clearly battered this kid, but for the future I made the right decision.” added Barrett.
Even though this is a set back for Roberts, after a good first round against Sassou and the contest goes down on his unblemished record as a loss. But Barrett added that now as a trainer he will always put the fighters best interests first, just as his mentor Brian Hughes always has.
“I was always taught like that off a great trainer Brian Hughes, he also did the same thing with me and I’m just following in the same footsteps and following on the legacy through the gym and maybe one day I can be as good as him!” added Barrett.
|Unbeaten Prospect Tom ‘Dazzlin’ Dorran
Welshman Tom Doran stopped Jamie Boness in the 1st round, when his powerful body punches were too much for Boness from Biggleswade who was a late replacement.
Doran 23, who takes his record to 9 fights unbeaten is a good tidy boxer and looks to be a good talented prospect who says he now is ready to be stepped up in class. “Id like to get another few longer round fights under my belt and then be looking at titles and going all the way.”
In another first round blowout Liverpool’s James “Jezza” Dickens stopped Bulgarian Sali Mustafov in lively fashion, dropping his man three times before the referee stepped in.