By Ludo Watson at ringside: On Friday 16th September the Coronet was host to a great night of boxing. All the fights were streamed live on YouTube by Hatton TV to potentially millions of viewers around the world as part of a new initiative by Hatton boxing to stream live boxing events on YouTube every month. There was a raucous atmosphere in the sold out theatre that really brought out the best in the fighters.
First on the night was Polish born Marcin Marczak making his professional debut against experienced journeyman Bheki Moyo. Marczak looked composed and showcased his skills and eased to a points victory winning every round.
Next up was Basingstoke based welterweight the ’Real Deal’ Darryl Still making his twelfth professional appearance against Gavin Putney. Still looked in good form winning every round and after starting at a high tempo he was able to push Putney on to the back foot. It was soon clear that Putney felt uncomfortable with the pace as Still looked to dig in hard right hand body shots forcing Putney into survival mode who managed to see out the four rounds
Another fighter making his professional debut was Middleweight Warren Fenn from Surrey who was able to defeat Mickey O’Sullivan but was unable to really impress on his debut.
Carshalton based Light middleweight Lee Owen, younger brother of International Masters light-welterweight champion Tony Owen, also made his professional debut against Liam Griffiths and looked composed and comfortable winning every round.
Heavyweight Dillian ’The Villain’ Whyte made his second professional appearance after a drawn out ring walk alongside his massive entourage that kept his Lithuanian opponent Remigijus Ziausys waiting. Whyte looked comfortable and was able to put together some good combinations but was unable to really hurt Ziausys who looked durable and eager to compete with Whyte.
The only bad fight of the night came when Lightweight Ben Day who had no amateur fights and was making his professional debut fought journeyman Robin Deakin who is well known for toughness and eagerness to fight any opponent. However Deakin seemed insistent on spoiling the action and goading the crowd who overwhelmingly supported Day, a popular gym owner who had sold a large number of tickets. Day in turn looked inexperienced and devoid of any real ability but was able to come off with a win.
Australian born Cruiserweight Nathan Skeen AKA “The Skeen Machine” had his second professional fight after a nearly yearlong lay off against Paul Morris who took the fight at short notice. Each round was closely fought battle with both fighters landing clean punches. After a fast start for Skeen he was then dropped in the second round and became more hesitant in letting his hands go, and Morris was able to come off with a close points win with referee Ken Curtis scoring the bout 39-38.
The final fight of the night was a welterweight contest for the vacant Southern Area welterweight title between Gavin Tait and Chas ’The Bomber’ Symonds. It was a fantastic fight with both fighters giving it their all and even though both fighters had mixed records each fighter had plenty of support. The action started early and it looked from the onset as though the fight would not go the distance. Tait was able to get the best of Symonds after scoring a knockdown late in the 3rd round however Symonds was able to recover and the middle rounds were highly competitive with both fighters landing good combinations. It looked like it was all over for Tait as blood began to flow from cuts over each eye which required a close look from the ringside doctors. Fortunately he was able to finish the round and the cuts were dealt with. In the later rounds it appeared that Tait was tired however Symonds was unable to truly capitalise. In the end referee Robert Williams scored the fight 96-94 in favour of Tait, but it was one that really could have gone either way.
September 16, 2011