Had the boxing finished after Joe Laws’ bout on Saturday night, the Toon would’ve been sent home happy. As it were, the main and co-main events somewhat soured the atmosphere for the locals.
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The aforementioned Laws, continued his remarkable start to life as a paid boxer with his third stoppage win in as many contests. The “Benwell Bomber” has shifted a reported 800 tickets and actually earned less than he would have, had he boxed on a local show later in the year. Such is his confidence, and desire to impress Eddie Hearn, Laws served as support to the latter bouts on the card and did not disappoint. Implored by his corner to calm down, he set a frenetic pace from start to finish and got the stoppage he craved in the fourth and final round. While it was a thunderous left hook to the temple that finished the fight, Laws had previously dropped Chris Truman with a sharp left to the body. A punch-pattern that had been prevalent throughout the night’s proceedings.
In addition to Laws and Patera, David Allen, Joshua Buatsi and Thomas Patrick Ward all got great joy from working downstairs. Ward looked for too good for the outmatched Tom Tran.. Tran’s chin was too often left up in the air but it was the left hook to the body that halted him in the opening round. It was a rare stoppage for the younger brother of former world title challenger, Martin. Although only 4 of his 25 wins have come early, 3 of those 4 have arrived during his last 7 fights. A possible sign that the former British Super-Bantamweight champion is growing into his weight. The 24 year old is possibly the most purely skilled boxer in the North East and is already on the cusp of world honours.
Another man who seems certain to mix at the highest level is Ghanaian born Londoner Joshua Buatsi. There appears to be a certain level to all boxing prospects and with an Olympic medal in his locker, Buatsi looks to be of the highest class. Fast, strong and skilful, it will take a huge step up in completion to trouble him. He easily dispatched of Frenchman Tony Averlant, who lasted 7 rounds with Anthony Yarde, within the first round. First round stoppage, brutal left hook to the body.
Completing the trio of first round, left hand finishes was none other than the White Rhino Dave Allen. A man who seems determined to enjoy his latest run in boxing, the Doncaster De la Hoya wasted no time in hammering Samir Nebo to the ribs. Allen has recently stated to BBB that he feels he is probably on about Chapter 7 in terms of his boxing chances, and his new knockout only mentality is serving him well.
Overall, the undercard was a good blend of local talent and bigger name Matchroom prospects.
Simon Vallily continued to frustrate as he was deducted a point for the second consecutive fight. The Middlesbrough man seemingly had the boxing world at his feet when he won Commonwealth Games gold back in 2010. The deduction had absolutely no bearing on the final result as Craig Glover battered and boxed Valilly for as long as it lasted. Following an earlier knockdown, Glover maintained his calculated pressure and seemed able to tee off at will for large parts of the cruiserweight clash. Howard Foster stopped Valilly, who missed weight by 3 lbs, on his feet but there was no uproar from the crowd this time. Glover moves to 9-1 with 8 inside the distance. Valilly, on the other hand, needs to have a long think about what he wants from boxing.
Chad Ellis, Terry Wilkinson and Lawrence Osueke all continued their unbeaten professional careers with points wins over Angel Emilov, Chris Adaway and Charles Adamu respectively. Ellis took the result 39-38 in what was a closely contested contest whereas Wilkinson and Osueke boxed shutout decisions. Osueke has always impressed us with his slick skills and comprehensively outboxed the veteran who has shared the ring with George Groves among others. The Davey Ritson trained Wilkinson scored the first knockdown of his career and kept his cool to win every round.
From a Matchroom point of view, Anthony Fowler and Hosea Burton kept the ball rolling with stoppage wins. Fowler took a little longer than many expected but he methodically stalked Gabor Gorbics before a thudding right hook signalled the beginning of the end. Fowler attracts a lot of attention (and divides opinion) for his social media presence, however he was the first to demand a step up in opponent for his next outing. There has been talk of an all English encounter with fellow Commonwealth Gold Games medallist Scott Fitzgerald, however Eddie Hearn seemed keener for Fowler to win the Commonwealth title as a pro first. Then look towards the North West grudge match with “Fitzy”.
Hosea “The Hammer” Burton took only 29 seconds to stop Saidou Sall. The Joe Gallagher trained light-heavyweight reappeared later on to discuss a possible match up with Buatsi.. It didn’t appear to be on anyone’s radar but could make sense for both men..
Not many would have considered Burton’s victory slow, yet debutant John Docherty (another Commonwealth Games Gold medallist) flattened the previously unbeaten Jordan Latimer inside 18 seconds. Understandably, the plan is to get Docherty out again as quickly as possible and a US debut looks in the offing for the Aberdeen Super-Middleweight.
And just like he’s had to wait until the end of our review, MTK’s Darren Reay had to wait until after the main event to get his shot. But boy did he take it! The Bedlington boxer, who suffered a frustrating draw last time out, scored the first stoppage of his career over Samuil Dimitrov. Reay was naturally delighted, as were most of the remaining press, that he got the win in the first round.