By Dewi Powell at ringside In his native Newport Centre, Justyn Hugh scored a career best win as he came from behind to stop Jeff Evans in the eighth of a scheduled 10 rounder for the Welsh Area light-heavyweight title on a Sammy Sims promotion.
Pontypool’s Evans (12st, 6¾lbs) was a step up in class of opposition for Hugh (12st 6¼lbs) and it looked to be the case as the fight developed. Evans appeared the smaller man but he was imposing himself on Hugh who opted to pace himself, sticking and moving behind solid doubles and triple shot combinations.
They entered the eighth round with referee Wynford Jones having Evans three points up but the reigning champion was punished for waiting too long in range of Hugh’s armoury. Boxing on the back foot, Hugh stepped in with a flush right cross that stunned Evans into sagging on to the ropes before a follow up flurry broke down the guard of Evans, prompting the referee to step in and halt proceedings.
Hugh, of St Joseph’s ABC, now progresses to 11(4KO)-0-1 while Gary Lockett trained Evans slips to 8(1KO)-3(2KO)-2.
Bristol’s Danny Butler pulled off a smash and grab job on Cardiff’s Frankie Borg to become the new British Masters super-middleweight champion as a thumping counter right uppercut ended the bout in the eighthh round.
Behind a tight guard the bigger Borg (11st 8¾lbs) stalked Butler (11st, 9¾lbs) who found it hard to find gaps in his opponents defence but his faster bursts and foot movement were enough to see him out of danger to take the opening rounds. Borg began to get to grips with Butler from rounds three to six, sinking in stinging shots to Butler’s body but he sucked them up. Every time Borg was able to pin Butler down on the ropes the Bristolian would turn Borg and take the fight back to centre ring where he felt most comfortable.
Operating under ‘touch then counter’ instructions, it finally paid off for Butler as the fight lay in the balance in the 8th round. Borg didn’t see a right uppercut coming and it sent him crashing to the canvas. Borg bravely got back on his feet but referee Wynford Jones rightly stopped the fight at 1 minute 3 seconds into the round, cueing wild celebrations from Butler and his team.
Butler improves to 20(5KO)-5(1KO), while Borg drops to 6(2KO)-1(1KO).
Gary Buckland (9st, 11½lbs) ticked over with a points win over a game Innocent Anyanwu (9st 10½lbs), referee Clarke Joslyn scored the bout 79-74. Cruising the first 3 rounds, Buckland was typically busy and he began over-whelming his muscular opponent. Anyanwu battled back in the 4th round and even made an unbalanced Buckland touch down in the 6th but the Welshman rose unhurt ensuring he remained having the first and last words in exchanges.
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Aberdare heavyweight Dorian Darch secured his first career stoppage win, stopping Istvan Ruzsinszky after just 1 minute 6 seconds of round 1. Taking little time to feel the Hungarian out, Darch landed a big lead right on his opponent who was only held up by the ropes. Referee Clarke Joslyn correctly scored it a knockdown, when finishing the count Ruzsinszky signalled to Joslyn he didn’t want to continue. Darch improves to 5(1KO)-0, while Ruzsinszky is now 4(3KO)-3(1KO)-1.
Cardiff’s Mitchell Buckland (9st, 8¾lbs) turned a real 50/50 fight in to a shut-out 40-36 points win over Alway’s Craig Woodruff (9st, 10¾lbs). Both 19-years-old had come in to the ring with 2-0 slates and weren’t scared to risk their records. Woodruff struggled to maintain the distance to work that his height and range required as Buckland feinted his way in and rushed his taller opponent in to making mistakes that he took advantage of. Buckland moves on to 3-0, Woodruff is now 2-1.
Cwmcarn’s Adam Goldsmith (10st, 6¼lbs) entered the pro-ranks with a hard fought win over Blackwood brawler Dai Jones (10st, 7¼lbs), referee Clarke Joslyn scored it 39-38. The bout began in Jones’ favour as he pressured and smothered Goldsmith who was a sitting duck when on the ropes. Goldsmith gained composure as the fight went on, picking his shots and producing the classier work to pip Jones on the scorecard. Goldsmith is now 1-0, Jones is now 3-1.
Chris Higgs stretched his unbeaten run to 12(1KO)-0 with a 40-36 points win over Jerome Samuels, now 0-2(1KO)-0. Brave beyond his years, Samuels (11st,¼lbs) provided a decent argument but Higgs’ (10st, 9lbs) output nullified his over-matched opponent.