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Lyon And Wale Battle To Draw

By Dewi Powell at ringside: In chief support to Stephen Foster Jr’s European title defence at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton was the hotly anticipated bantamweight English title defence between St Helens’ Craig Lyon against Barnsley’s Josh Wale.

Both fighters came out eager to start on the front foot and neither willingly took a step backwards as they traded hooks up close.

As the fight was just starting to heat up, into the fight many thought it would be, an accidental clash of heads (in round 3 as Lyon had Wale on the ropes) gave both fighters severe cuts which referee John Keane referred to the doctor, who deemed that the fight could not continue.

Under the new BBBoC rules, if a fight is stopped due to cuts before there are four completed rounds then the bout is ruled a Technical Draw. With both fighters having now tested each other in the ring, a rematch makes sense which both fighters seemed to agree on. Craig Lyon is now at 12(4)-0-1 and Josh Wale is now at 11(5)-3(1)-1.

Manchester featherweight Joe Murray improved trainer Joe Gallagher’s unbeaten streak to 43-0 with a well fought points win over tough Frenchman, Daniel Kojo Sassou.

From the outset Murray snapped his jab out with authority and despite a short Sassou rally at the start of the second round, Murray always seemed in control.

A quick Murray flurry had Sassou down in the third round but Sassou was always in the fight even if he was being beaten. Full of eagerness, Sassou didn’t stop coming forward but as he came forward in straight lines Murray’s class told as the fight went on as he was able to punish the eagerness with countering shots.

With Murray spending the rest of the fight throwing first and leaving exchanges with a jab, Sassou had little opportunity for success as he tried to tempt Murray into shoulder-to-shoulder exchanges .Murray was too smart for Sassou’s attempt and brought in scoring hooks with the elbow high to elevate full power into the shot.

The referee scored the bout 80-71 to Joe Murray who now improves to 10(5)-0-0 while Daniel Kojo Sassou is now at 22(16)-16(6)-0.

Former WBC super-middleweight champion, Robin Reid, returned to the ring for the first time in four years with a points win over awkward Welshman, Jamie Ambler.

In order to compete in next month’s super-middleweight Prizefighter, the BBBoC told Reid that he’d had to compete and win in a four rounder beforehand.

Although Reid took shots from Ambler’s long arms around the back of his head, he fought well enough to win as he attempted to force the pace more than Ambler, and with more success.

Reid, 40(27)-6(2)-1), should be happy to have had the rounds under his belt at the age of 40, as a first round KO would have proved nothing. Aberystwyth’s Jamie Ambler is now at 9(3)-46(6)-2.

Sheffield heavyweight prospect Richard Towers produced another knockout victory to increase his case alongside the UK’s other heavyweight prospects.

Towers impressively stopped the experienced Daniel Bispo inside two rounds after nine months inactivity. The stoppage seemed inevitable after Towers found his range with a long jab which set up his big right hand as his man was caught going backwards straight.

With Towers now improving to 9(7)-0-0 he’ll be looking to step up in class in the next year and challenge for domestic titles. Daniel Bispo, who like Wladmir Klitschko is a former Corrie Sanders victim, is now at 22(16)-16(7)-0.

Belarus junior-middleweight Siarhei Rabchenka marked a step up in class with a great second round stoppage against Leicester danger-man, and recent British challenger, Martin Conception.

The bout started with Rabchenka on the front foot, but with Conception not jabbing regularly Rabchenka was able to walk conception down.

Heavy pressure at the start of the second round saw Conception cornered and forced to take a knee. Moments later another barrage of punches saw a body shot force Conception down again before the referee waved the bout off, which was 9 rounds before British champion Sam Webb could defeat Conception.

The ever impressive Siarhei Rabchenka will be one to look out for on the circuit as he improves to 16(12)-0-0, while Martin Conception slips to 17(10)-9(6)-0.

Adam Etches appeared the much bigger junior-middleweight as he dominated Aleksei Tsatiasvili over 4 rounds (40-36) to improve his unbeaten record to 3(2)-0-0. Although Etches, from Sheffield, was a bit loose to begin with he stayed patient with his shot selection and used his height advantage to beat opponent Tsatiasvilli, 1(1)-2(1)-0, around the ring.

Cheshire welterweight Keiran Maher, 7(2)-0-0, cruised to a shut out win against Lester Walsh, 2-13(3)-1, as he controlled the whole fight and switched paces well. The first 2 rounds saw Maker throw many, many one two’s in which were almost laser guided. Also, despite a temporary delay because of a broken glove Maher was able to re-establish his authority by sitting down on his shots more to slow the pace down.

Derby’s junior-welterweight Jack Perry continued his unbeaten professional record, 13(2)-0-1, with a 40-36 points win. Perry looked sharp and changed styles and stances to confuse the elusive Danny Dontchev, 4(1)-28(7)-0.

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