11th March 2012 

David Barnes – coldwellboxing.com
David Barnes never quite got going in his eight rounder against former WBA world light-welterweight champion Vivian Harris, then the fight was over! 

Stopped and deemed a draw by the referee after a nasty clash of heads opened an immediate vertical cut, that went through Barnes’ left eyebrow and onto his eyelid, It was an awfull gash!

After the referee stopped the action and called the doctor and Barnes’ corner over to take a look at the injury, it didn’t look good and he waved the fight over, calling an accidental clash of heads, much to the frustration of Barnes. The fight was read out a technical draw with the referee’s scorecard reading 48-48 at the time. 

Barnes v Harris, was the show topper and final fight of the evening on an impressive Coldwell promotion in Bolton, but both had failed to set the place alight. The crowd had been treated to a good few scraps on the undercard to wet the appetite at the De Vere Whites Hotel, which is part of and connected to Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s ground. 

Dave Coldwell is sailing the good ship ‘Small Hall boxing’ through the usual tricky unpredictable waters. But he’s doing it with panache, and the venue complete with sparkling LED curtained backdrops, intimate close to ring views and not a break in the action from start to finish, Coldwell is offering the fighters involved and the fans, small hall boxing with tassells.

Sunday afternoon shows take me back to the amateur days of the sport, and might take a bit of getting used to again! But it was a welcome post roast dinner addition to the proverbial day of rest and finished off a good boxing weekend.

I’d wrote after the first round, that if both were painters, they had just given each other a good coat of looking at! Unfortunately though for the attending audience who were waiting in anticipation to watch a former world champion and British and Commonwealth champion in the ring together, it continued like that, infact the only blow of any real impact was the head clash.

The referee had warned them a couple of times to up the action and Barne’s did try to engage Harris. But the wiley old pro from Brooklyn, shown us his range of distance, anticipation and his range of not being hit skills. The odd shot from both did get through, but it was nothing of note, and Harris was the one who seemed happier with an easy nights work. 

A noticeable clash of styles ensued throughout the fight, with each waiting for the other to lead, while looking to get off their respected counter, it wasn’t happening!

Southpaw Barnes, often flicked out his right range finder, but Harris was happy to tap and parry it each time with his own lead left. Barnes looked like he was having a pad session with Harris at times, with the American anticipating Barnes’ jabs well! – They almost looked like they were looking for the one big shot, but were reluctant in turn, to make a mistake. 

By round five Barnes was looking to get within range and up the pace, after another word from the referee to up the action at the beginning of the session. The Manchester boxer was looking for the lead right, but Harris, 32, was able to judge it and it continually fell just short.

Then when you felt Barnes was looking to push on and everyone was hoping the second half of the fight would liven up, the heads came together! Barnes immediately pulled away and the blood trickled down his eye. 

It was a disappointing end to a disappointing fight, but after just his second contest in two years, Barnes must take credit for taking on Harris, who although, isn’t the fighter he was, has mixed in top class for many years. 

Barnes, now 31, had become disillusioned with the game and after problems and distractions out of the ring, turned his back on boxing. After losing against Colin Lynes in the quarter finals of a Prizefighter tournament in December 2009, he walked away from it, to give his all to family life. During this time he kept himself relatively fit, running five times a week and playing some football, which helped him stay not far off his natural fighting weight.

With not that many miles on the clock, Barnes who was British champion at 22, isn’t finished yet! Despite this setback against Harris, once the damage has healed, he should get straight back in there and go again. The career of David Barnes has just taken another setback, but the lad has comeback from worse and will do again.

Hosea Burton with 1st round KO win on professional debut www.britishboxers.co.uk

It was the professional debut of top amateur and highly regarded prospect Hosea Burton in Bolton, and the Manchester super-middleweight didn’t hang around to get his show on the road.

Burton, 23, who is a cousin of unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury, finished Viktor Tzonev with a big right cross, cum hook, which hit his Bulgarian opponent flush on the chin! Tzoner was out before he had involuntary crumbled to the canvas and the referee’s first action, was to call in the ringside medical team to tend to Tzonev, a count was never in question. 

A former ABA champion and five time national title holder, Burton is tipped for big things. He has worked with professional coach Joe Gallagher since he was 11 and also was a product of the Jimmy Egan Boxing Academy in Manchester, that gave the UK heavyweight division his fighting relative, former British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury, himself a former ABA champion. 

Burton the younger, who comes from fighting family stock, is tall rangy with good skills and it looks like dynamite in his fists, or should that be an ‘Hammer’ That was the name that adorned his red, white and blue trunks and looks like the monocle he will set forth with, and on this occasion anyway, the name looks appropriate. 

The Manchester fighter was accompanied into the ring with an entourage, that would have had even Dereck Chisora questioning his own! Burton’s gym mates, an who’s who of British boxing talent from the Gallagher domain, did the ring walk with Burton and filled the ring, showing a strength of togetherness and support for one of their own.

Cornermen to Burton Joe Gallagher and British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla, were joined by Liverpool’s fighting siblings Paul Smith and Liam Smith, plus others including Joe Murray, Callum Johnson and Scott Cardell, and also brother Zack, himself an up and coming prospect to keep an eye on. 

So a good debut victory for Burton and with another quick outing planned for his next fight in Liverpool on April 14th, on the undercard to Tony Bellew’s British title defence against Danny McIntosh, he looks to not be hanging around. The boy who coach Gallagher used to call his version of Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns, couldn’t have asked for a better debut, his smile and excitement when he realised his opponent wasn’t getting up, was that of a man who looks like he is going to enjoy himself in the paid ranks. 

Other results 

Kurt Grieve beat Jason Nesbitt on points, 40-35
Mick Hall beat Thomas Mazurkiewicz on points, 40-36
Matty Clarkson beat Sam Cousins KO, round 5

Chris Jenkinson beat William Warburton on points, 39-38
This page will be updated asap with undercard fight reports and fight photographs of the night from Al Stevenson.

By Chris Maylett

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