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19 MARCH 2018

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Walsh/Lowe Battle To Draw/Langford And Parker Victorious

Ryan Walsh vs Isaac Lowe


Ryan Walsh and Issac Lowe battled to a fantastic twelve round draw for the British Featherweight Championship in the co-main event.


Lowe was quick out of the blocks and immediately on the front foot, his rapid fire jab and movement taking the champion completely by surprise. Both men were swinging for the hills in the opening stanza but then Lowe began to box and move, bamboozling Walsh with his tremendous speed and combinations to head and body. Walsh was looking a little shellshocked by what his challenger was offering but slowly but surely he started to make his way into the contest.


Lowe’s attacks were certainly eye catching but defensively he was showing lapses and Walsh was gaining success with overhand right counters. Lowe’s movement was still a problem up to the halfway point, however, and Walsh was showing signs of desperation at times as he struggled to close the gap and pin Lowe down but the challenger’s tank was starting to deplete. Lowe’s legs were heavier and more and more frequently he was being dragged into exchanges with the champion, forced to absorb powerful left and right hooks from a resurgent Walsh.


Walsh seemed to be fighting an uphill battle early but his heart and determination should be applauded as he stuck to his task manfully and dragged himself back into the bout, displaying champion’s spirit as he wore Lowe down and imposed his own will on the fight. Both men were now standing in the pocket and fighting fire with fire, Lowe quicker and throwing more punches but Walsh’s accuracy was telling and he was finding his challenger much easier to hit. The pace was draining but neither man was willing to give and inch as they stayed toe to toe and battled to the final bell.


It was a terrific domestic fight and a brilliant warm up for the main event. Lowe’s lack of experience in twelve round fights may have found him out here as he did not preserve enough energy for down the stretch whilst Walsh timed his tactics perfectly. A re-match between both would be fantastic, there would be no complaints, however it is a very competitive division domestically and the likes of Reece Bellotti will be waiting for the next shot at the Lonsdale belt.


Scorecards read: 115-114 Lowe, 116-114 Walsh, 115-115 even


Tommy Langford vs Jack Arnfield


Tommy Langford successfully defended his British Middleweight crown with a unanimous points victory over Jack Arnfield.


Early doors it was a battle of jabs between the two rangy boxers, both looking to utilise their height to gain a foothold in the fight and it was even in success ratio. In round two Langford started to target the body of the Blackpool man and then scored a beautiful right straight as he stepped in to halt Arnfield’s retreat but still it was difficult to separate them. Arnfield scored a solid right hand counter in round three, catching the champion as he stepped in to attack, whilst Langford was continuing to target the body and letting his combinations go.


A right hook to the jawline of Arnfield was the highlight of a quiet fourth round but that sparked the challenger into life and he arguably had the better of round five, starting to get involved in the inside and having more success. Both fighters went to the body in round six but Langford’s combination punching was catching the eye whilst Arnfield preferred the single shots. The champion was showing quality head movement and evasiveness, using the ring impressively, and his output increased from round seven before stunning Arnfield again in round eight with a heavy right hook in the pocket.


Both fighters were definitely showing fatigue as the fight entered the championship rounds and again it resumed the nip and tuck kind of action of the opening stanzas. Arnfield’s jab was still his most potent weapon but too often he was caught waiting on the outside which allowed Langford to get his shots off and give the impression he was the far busier volume puncher. Every exchange was ended with Langford having the final say and for most observers it was becoming clear that Arnfield needed a knockout in the twelfth round to win the contest but for a man with six knockouts from twenty five wins it seemed extremely unlikely.


Langford (20-1 with 6 KO’s) was the clear victor at the end of twelve entertaining rounds of boxing and will no doubt be out defending his British title again sometime in late spring/early summer.


Scorecards read: 116-113, 116-113, 117-113


Zach Parker vs Adasat Rodriguez


Zach Parker stormed through Adasat Rodriguez in two rounds of their Super Middleweight contest. Parker, the substitute to tonight’s main event, started the first round working off his jab and looked in control of the pace. Rodriguez was pressing well but in round two he walked into a crisp left hook that completely scrambled his senses. Parker followed up with a flurry and soon his Spanish opponent was on the deck. Rodriguez climbed up and beat the count but soon ate another huge left hook, his mouthpiece flying through the air. Two follow up right hooks and another left put Rodriguez down again and prompted the referee to step in.


Parker (15-0 with 11 KO’s) is awaiting an opponent to contest the now vacant British Super Middleweight Championship with after Rocky Fielding gave it up earlier this week. Parker carries power and is a dangerous, rangy puncher he will be more than a handful for anyone at domestic level at the very least.




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