Kieran Farrell once again showed the North West why he is one of the most talked about up and coming promoters/managers as he put on one of the most exciting shows of the years at Bowlers Arena on the 27th May. The 11 fight card featured 3 title bouts and 8 competitive undercard bouts.
The crowd was pumped and screaming as ex kickboxing champ Dylan Moran made his long awaited debut against the experienced and very durable Chris Jenkinson. Moran from the 1st bell was out to make it memorable with an early stoppage but Jenkinson weathered the storm and fought back in the final 3 rounds to make this a very credible debut. Moran was ultimately too much and to the delight of the fans around the arena had his hand raised.
The show began as it would continue throughout the night with Lee Clayton gaining a very good and measured performance against hard hitting Brett Fidoe, who came for the knockout but was outboxed by the talented southpaw who has been taken under the wing of ex unbeaten amateur champion Nay Farrell. A crowd favourite he shown that he had learnt from his last bout (a 2nd round TKO) as he boxed very smart to take the decision.
Diego Costa made his mark with a stunning first round KO of unbeaten Craig Bunn in a first round that was back and forth for 2.59 seconds until the debutant hit a devastating right that ended the fight as soon as it connected.
Sean Pendry beat the very experience Youssef Al Hamidi on points in the only one sided fight of the night as Al Hamidi couldn’t seem to step out of 2nd gear.
A great night of boxing wouldn’t be one without controversy and that was supplied as the extremely talented George Brennan was held to a draw by Liverpool veteran Ricky Starkey, the 1st round clearly went to the scouse lad but for some reason known only to his team, they then abandoned the boxing and went down the wrestling route that got him a point deduction far too late in round 3. What should have been a thrilling contest was spoilt through this and even more so when the ref announced the draw which was roundly condemned by the fans in attendance. Brennan was understandably frustrated by the decision and the tactics but it will be a good learning fight as he looks to step up to 6 rounds next time out.
The fight of the night has to go to the Tasmanian Devil Danny Craven who in his 3rd fight had stepped up to 8 rounds to take on Nathan McIntosh for his British Challenge belt. The crowd already pumped from the previous bouts were taken to new levels as the Warrington-born ‘novice’ (and I use that very loosely) took the fight to the more experienced Nottingham lad and made it look like it would be a quick night’s work as he thudded powerful body shots into McIntosh who shown his ring skills and nous by sucking it up and moving around the ring, Craven though was not to be stopped as he stalked the champion around the ring trying to find that KO shot which wouldn’t come. I could write pages on this as both men deserved the standing ovation they got as neither backed down and both stood toe to toe at various times thudding in power punches. The Cravenator won on points and sent a warning to the rest of the division as he declared he will continue to move upwards.
Then it was local lad Darry Sharpe’s turn to face off against the hard-hitting Yorkshireman Ben Davies, with Davies fans insistent that the KO would come. They couldn’t have been more wrong as ‘Razor’ (who I’ve written about before) demolished the Yorkshireman to win 100-91 on points and take the central area belt. An absolutely terrific performance with the crowd kept on the edge of their seats as Davies tried to find that heavy punch that would put the smaller man down. This was not to be though as Darryl was caught a few times and walked through it, in fact, every time a shot landed it seemed to rile Razor up who answered back with terrific flurries. A great result for the fans and Keiran that had the whole building on their feet and a real feeling that this hard sport had given back to someone who often gives so much.
Final bout of the night saw Liam Conroy KO Steven Cooper in the 9th Round to take the Northern Area belt and see out an exhausting night for all involved, the promoters/managers/coaches for getting their lads ready, the boxers for obvious reasons, and the fans that did not stop cheering, screaming, singing and shouting throughout and made the atmosphere fantastic.
Fight Report Courtesy of Dennis Dodge