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21 APRIL 2018


Ward Victorious At Rainton Meadows

By John Hannen at ringside: Martin Ward topped the bill at Rainton Meadows Arena in north east England on May 20th and picked up a hard-fought stoppage victory over George Gachechiladze (8st 6¾lbs).

Gachechiladze gave it a real go in this scheduled ten-threes and managed to spoil the trademark silky skills of Ward at times, by rushing in and fighting to stay close to the county Durham man.


Southpaw Ward (9st ¾lbs) did all the superior boxing; establishing his jab, followed by the straight left, and also bringing the uppercut into play on his shorter, Georgian opponent as the rounds went by.


Cut over the left eye in fourth, Ward managed to finish things by slamming a perfect right hand body shot into Gachechiladze’s ribcage during the eighth round which saw the East European hit the deck.


Referee Mark Curry called it off at 2-15. Martin is now 15-1 (4), George is 9-8-1 (2).

Newcastle’s Mark Clauzel (11st 3lbs) picked up his fifth pro win by narrowly outpointing Manchester-based Pole, Tomasz Mazurkiewicz, in a six-threes. Mazurkiewicz (11st 1½lbs) had an unorthodox, countering style that Mark had trouble getting to grips with initially. Eventually, though, as the bout progressed, Tomasz slowed down and Mark was able to land some decent shots, particularly to the midriff. Referee Andrew Wright scored 58-57; Mazurkiewicz is 5-7-2 (1); Clauzel is 5-0 (2).


Gateshead’s Robert Ismay (13st ½lbs) is also now 5-0 (2) after outpointing Hull’s Phil Goodwin (13st) over six-twos. Ismay did all the pressing behind a solid jab and outworked his more experienced opponent. The local man, who suffered a cut over his left eye during the fifth round, did the majority of the better work for referee Wright – who scored 59-55. Goodwin now has a 6-11 (2) ledger.


Gary Fox (10st 8½lbs) faced a tricky customer in experienced journeyman Johnny Greaves (10st 6½lbs) but won every round of his four-twos. Fishburn’s Fox provided all the impetus by constantly attacking and throwing straight shots, while his opponent from London used his vast ring knowledge to keep out of real danger. Gary is now 8-1, and looking forward to a potential, Northern Area title shot against Darlington’s Neil Hepper in July. Greaves is 3-81 (1).


Middlesbrough’s Shafiq ‘Chubzy’ Asif (9st 11¾lbs) showed again he is ‘one to watch’ after claiming his second pro victory with a stoppage over Steve Martin (10st 1¼lbs) in a scheduled four-threes. Martin couldn’t be faulted for effort and caught Asif at times, but the North East fighter just wouldn’t let his Scottish-based Maltese opponent off the hook. ‘Chubzy’ hits hard and accurate from all angles and, after going back to his corner complaining of vision trouble, Steve’s corner asked referee Curry to call it off between rounds three and four. Asif is now 2-0 (1); Martin is 1-4 (1).


Another Middlesbrough fighter, Mohammed Waqas (8st 4 ¼lbs), kicked off his pro career with a win after outpointing Bulgarian Fikret Remziev (8st 11¼lbs) over four-threes. Waqas had far too much ambition and talent for his opponent and often rocked his head back with a fast, hard jab. Referee Wright gave Mohammed every round. Remziev is now 6-20-1 (3).


On his debut, Sunderland’s Lee Mould (9st 13¼lbs) was involved in a winning, entertaining affair with Reading-based journeyman Ibrar Riyaz (9st 12½lbs), now 4-34-1 (2). Over the four-threes, Mould’s jab and work to his opponent’s body was impressive, which began to bring out some defiant machismo in Riyaz. Both fighters slugged away in the last round, after which referee curry awarded the Mackem every round.


Another first-timer, South Shields’ Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson (8st 11¼lbs), also put in a performance that bodes well for the future when he beat Chichester’s Jonathan Fry (9st ½lbs) over four-threes. Nelson seemed to do everything well as he set up combinations behind some precise lead work. Fry left the North East at 1-4-1 (1).


The show was promoted by Dave Garside, in association with Phil Jeffries.

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May 21, 2012

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