Boxing results: Latest from the Darren Hamilton-Curtis Woodhouse, Luke Campbell, Tommy Coyle bill

Monday, 24 February 2014  |  Carl


CURTIS WOODHOUSE left his career as a professional footballer to pursue his dream to become the British champion. He fulfilled that goal on Saturday night at the Hull Ice Arena when he dethroned British light-welterweight boss Darren Hamilton via a split decision after a close, excellently contested match.

On a wild night in Hull, local favourite Tommy Coyle showed incredible heart to overcome Daniel Brizuela. The Argentine knocked him over with a stiff right as early as the second round. Twice in the sixth round alone Brizuela floored Coyle with hooks to the body. But Coyle came back. He struck Brizuela down in the eighth. He visited the canvas once more himself in the 11th before twice dropping Brizuela, all in the same round. In the 12th Coyle finally knocked the Argentine over and the referee halted brawl, in which both men had had points deducted for low blows. Coyle had received a further penalty for hitting on the break. Tommy retained his international strap from the IBF.

Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell continued his assured professional progress. Scott Moises, the “Iron Duck”, was a tricky opponent who tasted Campbell’s speed and power early and manoeuvred exclusively off the back foot. But Campbell got to him eventually, forcing a stoppage in the eighth and last round.

Gavin McDonnell won the vacant British super-bantamweight title in dramatic circumstances. Leigh Wood was all over him, connecting smoothly from different angles, with painful effect. But even as Wood eased away with the bout, Gavin, the twin brother of former world champion Jamie McDonnell, hurt him with hard punches to the chin. Swarming forward, Gavin overwhelmed him with constant salvoes of blows, forcing an end to the sixth round and joining his brother as a British champion.

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