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02 OCTOBER 2014

 

Concepcion Defeats Hainy In A Thriller


Fight fans left Mitchell Promotions’ latest show on Sunday(September 25) talking about a contender for fight of the year.

Matt Hainy lost his Midlands Area middleweight championship to Martin Concepcion, but won the admiration of everyone at Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick, Leicestershire with a terrifically gutsy showing that kept a sell-out crowd on their feet throughout.

Hainy picked himself off the floor three times to keep wading into the Leicester box fighter and his non-stop attacks kept the scores close on the referee’s scorecard. After eight rounds, Hainy was just two points behind.

But the ringside doctor told Hainy the ninth round would be his last after examining cuts around both his eyes.

Matt went for broke, but Concepcion kept his cool, then drove him to his knees and manager and trainer Clifton Mitchell threw the towel after 2.58 of the ninth round.

The fight was so punishing that boxing bosses handed both boxers a 45-day suspension.

As he promised, Hainy, making the second defence of the belt, set the pace from the start and attacked, Concepcion looking to pick him off.

Matt tried to walk through Concepcion’s punches, but took too many in the third and was driven to his knees.

Hainy’s title reign looked to be over after he was decked in both the fifth and sixth, but after a rollicking from trainer and manager Clifton Mitchell, Hainy won the seventh for most ringsiders as he fought hard to hang onto his belt.


The eighth round was closer and Hainy went back to his stool at the end of the session with blood leaking from wounds over both eyes and his nose.

Told he had three minutes to keep his title, Hainy piled into Concepcion slinging big punches, but couldn’t find the knock-out blow he needed.

****

Leicester light-middleweight Simon Henry, another new addition to Mitchell Promotions’ stable, made an impressive professional debut.

He was too slick for Andy Hardy from Nottingham and posted a 40-37 points win in their four-round fight.

Henry boxed well behind his jab and when Hardy launched rushing attacks, he kept a cool head and picked the cleaner shots.

****

Sheldon Purdy’s flyweight punch up with Kevin Coglan was a thriller.

Coglan nicked it by a point 58-57, but was under heavy fire from the Mitchell Promotions power puncher in the fourth and on the brink of being stopped.

*****

Andy Mitchell, the Loughborough cruiserweight, suffered disappointment when his pro debut fell through, but he got in the ring for an exhibition bout with Ovill McKenzie, the former Commonwealth and Prizefighter champion.

*****

Leicester welterweight Ryan Hookway made it four wins out of four by out-pointing Sean Watt over six rounds and Chesterfield cruiserweight Paddy Connors showed promise on his debut by outpointing James Tucker in another six rounder.


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