‘Land of Dragons’ breathed fire into the Welsh Valleys on Saturday night, showcasing some of Wales’ best talent courtesy of a great night of action put on by Saniger Promotions at Merthyr Tydfil’s Rhydycar Leisure Centre, Wales.
Lightweight Gavin Gwynne (7-0, 1 KO’s) headlined the show, remaining focused in his pursuit of the Welsh title with a confidence-building win over a familiar face to fight fans in the Valley’s Fonz Alexander (5-65, 3 KOs).
Gwynne was originally scheduled to face Henry Janes but due to injury, the Treharris man had to instead contend with Alexander who was game throughout the eight rounder.
Gwynne controlled the action from start to finish, using his hand speed and footwork to keep Alexander on the defensive in a shutout on the scorecards of 80-72 with sights now set on a Welsh title showdown later in the year.
Former amateur star Fred Evans (2-0) kept the wheels in motion on his professional Career with a points win over Victor Edagha (0-21). Super Welterweight Evans who was originally scheduled to face William Warburton, was always a few steps ahead of the Italian who is still in search of his first win in 21 contests.
Faced with the towering presence of Lithuania’s 6’ 8’ Imantas Davidaitis (6-24-1, 4 KOs), Cardiff’s Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley (8-0, 4 KOs) went in search of a shot that would fall the man know simply as ‘the giant’. In the four rounder, Light Heavyweight Thorley, landed some chopping shots which served to shake the visitor but still, he remained upright, albeit widely beaten on the scorecard which read 40-36.
Welterweight Ricky Rowland (2-1) entertained the crowd with an all-action affair on route to his decision victory over Jordan Grannum (2-9) . Rowland was in control of the bout from the first bell but was tested in the third with a shot that got his attention, serving to keep him honest before replying in kind to finish the round strong. The score of 40-36 was justified, taking his record to 2-1, allowing him to get back to winning ways following his earlier loss to Richard Samuels.
Super Featherweight Kristian Touze (4-1-1) continued his education in the pro ranks with a rather straightforward point win over Joe Beeden (2-55-1, 1 KOs). The Swansea resident could be found guilty of waiting too long as he looked to counter Beeden. Touze always looked the brighter of the two men, often doing a good job of feinting his way in before throwing combinations which served to reddened the face of the visitor. Beeden would occasionally land his hook whilst Touze tried to step out of distance but they were not frequent enough to ever have Touze in trouble.
The night’s opener was an entertaining one in which Lightweight Callum Busuttil (2-0) was able to keep his unbeaten record intact. A spirited effort from Harvey Hemsley (4-37-1, 2 KOs) kept him honest as both men fought the four round distance at close quarters. Busuttil had too many weapons at his disposal in taking a deserved 40-36 score from referee Martin Williams.
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