UK Boxing: Weekend Round Up!
Monday, 31 March 2014 | Carl
MARTIN WARD’S challenge for Stuey Hall’s IBF bantamweight title fizzled out abruptly. As the fight got underway in the first round their heads knocked together. By the break blood leaked freely from a cut over his right eye. Half a minute into the second round it was deemed too bad for Ward to continue. The technical draw meant there were, quite literally, no winners, although Hall, who had advanced menacingly from the beginning, retains his world title.
Commonwealth welterweight champion Frankie Gavin suffered a scare and a knockdown against Sacky Shikukutu. The Namibian, a southpaw like Gavin, carried a threat but the Brummie composed himself to counterpunch and outbox Shikukutu, winning a unanimous decision.
Jon Lewis Dickinson won the Lonsdale belt outright when he defended the British cruiserweight title against Neil Dawson. The weight of his punches ultimately caught up and halted an exhausted Dawson.
Hot light-welterweight prospect Bradley Saunders was too strong for Mitch Prince, knocking him to the canvas five times as he halted him in four rounds.
American heavyweight Eddie Chambers entered his first contest with trainer Peter Fury in his corner. Tomas Mrazek occasional attacks didn’t worry him and after easing himself into the bout Chambers managed to engineer a stoppage in the sixth and last round.