Brought to you by Black Flash Promotions, this Friday night event- the second of its kind at the Fusion Nightclub in Liverpool – showcasing emerging talent from the Northwest.. 

Pundits had four fights to look forward to, in the intimate and very stylish surroundings at the Fusion, with the ring looking great under the club-lights. Smaller shows like this could be viewed as great opportunity for emerging fighters to get the experience and routine of being part of a pro-card in front of a crowd. 

As the show got on the way, there was plenty to see and plenty to think about for fighters and fans alike. 

First up on the bill was Byrom ‘The Boom’ Abiru, making his professional debut. Fighting out of Golden Gloves under the tutelage of Wayne Smith, Abiru faced a bit of an unknown quantity in Nottingham’s Simone Lucas. It was clear from the start that Abiru was keen to impress the home crowd by looking for a big right hand from the get go. 

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The tension of the occasion could perhaps be seen in Abiru’s movement, as Lucas was able to counter the jab effectively in the first. Growing in confidence, Lucas began to come forward in the second round, using what looked like a clear weight advantage to land a few big shots, inflicting some visible damage to Byron’s nose. Sensing an opportunity, Lucas looked the more at ease fighter, closing the space between the two with impressive foot-speed, and throwing combinations. 

Credit to Abiru, he showed some character by sticking to it, still looking for that big right hand in the last round (4th) to try and salvage something out of what was beginning to look like a defeat. The fight was eventually scored at 39-37 to Lucas- which I don’t think anyone would disagree with on the night. 

Second up on this card was Manchester’s Artif Ali, taking on Jack Summers. ‘The Sniper’, trained by Shaun Krool out of his Fight Factory gym, Ali was looking to add to his record of 10 W’s by taking on Summers, who looked well up for the occasion. 

Both fighters took their time in a tentative start to the bout, with both looking for their range and clinching to avoid getting caught by early shots. As the fight progressed, Ali’s skill level began to tell and he never really looked troubled by Summers.

Ali’s footwork was fantastic to watch, as he sought to create angles to land the shots he needed to get the desired outcome. The fight was eventually scored at 40-36 to The Sniper, and went down as a very controlled and impressive performance. 

Next up was Elsmere Port’s Mason Cartwright being added to the bill- taking on a very tough and seasoned fighter in Manchester’s Darryl Sharp. The Fusion was rocking by the time Cartwright, of No Limits Gym, made his way to the ring, with the Nutty army in full voice. 

With Sharp offering his aggressive, uncompromising fighting style, this was a great test for Cartwright and a great occasion for the crowd in the Fusion. The first round set the tone for this one, as expected, Sharp came forward, throwing each shot with near full power. Most of these however, were landing in Cartwright’s tight guard, and Mason soon grew in to the fight, finding some success with uppercuts and landing a big left hook in the second.

The third-round saw both fighters looking for a big shot, with some wild punches being thrown at times. Cartwright began to edge it by this point, and eventually emerged as a clear winner, by 39 to 37. What a great fight for the crowd and credit to both fighters for not holding back. 

The card was topped by Liverpool’s and GG’s rising Super-Bantam star, Marcel Braithwaite. Taking on Jules Philips (who showcased his London credentials by walking out to ‘House of Fun’ by Madness!) Braithwaite seemed keen to put on a good showing in front of a home crowd. 

From the first round onwards you could see flashes of why people are talking about Braithwaite as ‘The Chosen One’- his natural movement and rhythm as he goes about his work does seem at a very high level and his style is certain to catch the eye of even the more casual boxing fan. 

A points win for Marcel Braithwaite – pic Aky Karim

Credit to Philips, he was able to keep up with Marcel for the most part of the first round. It seemed like Braithwaite had ideas of ending the fight early, as he was throwing some huge shots in the second round that we did not see at all in the first, but not landing them. 

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The rest of the fight followed the pattern of Marcel in complete control, without perhaps putting on a vintage performance. The final round saw Braithwaite land a few crisp right hand shots, eventually coming out as a clear winner at 40 to 36. It will be intriguing to see how this career develops, as the potential is clearly massive. 

All in all, this was a great night of boxing, in unique surroundings. Respect must go out to Black Flash Promotions for putting on something a little different that gives emerging talent the opportunity to gain valuable experience needed, as well as giving boxing fans an interesting night.


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