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21 OCTOBER 2018


Ayers battered to defeat

By Clive Bernath at ringside: Michael Ayers' bid to add the IBO junior welterweight belt to his IBO lightweight title failed tonight when the Londoner was beaten on points by Argentine champion Pablo Sarmiento at the Wembley Conference Centre in London. In an entertaining and bruising battle Sarmiento won by 118-110, 120-108 and 120-108 on all three judges' scorecards.
In was a brave effort from Ayers - who was stepping up to the weight for the first time - but after a good start Sarmiento’s natural strength kicked in an proved to be the difference between the two.

Ayers forced the fight in the first by forcing Sarmiento onto the back foot to edge the round. Ayers again forced the action in the second an he rained in blows to the defending champion’s mid-riff. Sarmiento came back in the third as both men exchanged shots in the centre of the Londoner edged the fourth but the weight difference was beginning to tell. Sarmiento, having taken Ayers' best shots, changed tactics in the fifth and forcing Ayers backwards and picked him apart with looping left hooks.

By the tenth round, Ayers was a spend force and with only his incredible fighting heart standing between him and a stoppage defeat. But the smaller champion survived and even managed a last-gasp effort to win in the last round, yet it was too little too late for the Matchroom promoted fighter.

The WBU’s lightweight champion Colin Dunne marked time with a seven round destruction of Alan Temple, hammering the 11-15 Hartlepool man in an authoritative performance in this non-title undercard attraction.

The 35-1 ‘Dynamo’ was in control throughout and, after looking for it from the opening bell, found the big shot in the sixth when a left hook set up a peach of a right hand to drop Temple.

The underdog got up for more, but was dropped again – by another left hook to the ribs – before the bell sounded to end the round. After the rest period Dunne did him again with a final right cross which ended the bout.

In what made for a surreal scene, Dunne was cheered on from ringside by Johnny Rotten, of Seventies safety-pin and spit supremes the Sex Pistols.

Other results from the Matchroom bill at the Wembley Conference Centre:

Junior welterweight: Colin Lynes w pts 6 Keith Jones
Welterweight: Ossie Duran w pts 6 Howard Clarke
Bantamweight: Steven Oates w pts 6 Kevin Gerowski

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