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By Ryan Waugh at ringside: Choi Tseveenpurev used his 40 years of experience to his advantage at the York Hall on Saturday night as he took home the Prizefighter trophy after defeating Manchester’s Rhys Roberts in the featherweight final.

The veteran stole the show at the famous York Hall, Bethnal Green venue with a sturdy performance over the rising Mancunian star. The popular Choi who was buoyed on by his many adoring fans showed that age is no barrier with a deserved point’s victory which left him £32,000 richer.

The night started with an early light heavyweight contest between Andreas Evangelou who defeated another Manchester hotshot Matt Inman 39-37 on points in a closely contested dual. However, immediately after the opening warm-up, the draw for the evening’s event was made live on Sky Sports.

First on the canvas was Tipton’s Lee Glover and local hero Choi. The gulf in class was easy to see from the off as the 40-year-old Mongolian had Glover on the deck in the first round with superb right hook which shook the young Midlander.

It seemed Glover was proving his lack of experience as in the second round he was once again caught with another blow to the face that left him dazed and wounded. Although he quickly rose to his feet the referee stopped the contest and awarded the veteran the victory.

The second quarter-final of the night between London’s George Jupp and Liverpool’s Lee Jennings went a similar way. The 30-year-old Jennings started the first round well but he soon found the going tough when the Londoner caught him with a right hander to the side of his left eye that managed to open up a nasty cut.

This was to prove costly as in the second round Jupp managed to open the cut up with some more explosive punches which ultimately led to the end of the bout.

The third quarter-final between Ian Bailey and Rhys Roberts was a mediocre affair which Roberts won on a unanimous 30-27 point’s decision by all three judges. The remaining quarter-final bout between Midlanders Barrington Brown and Troy James also went to the judges with James just having a bit too much mojo for Brown.

With the entertainment now entering the business end of the tournament Choi showed why he is described as Britain’s most avoided fighter with a battling performance over the youngest Prizefighter Jupp.

The contest was a close affair and although the Londoner put on a brave performance he was outgunned by the experience of the former WBU and WBF champion who caught him with some solid blows to the face.

In the other semi-final Roberts was always one step ahead of James who never really managed to cause his opponent too many problems as the Mancunian always seemed to land the right shots at the right time.

It had seemed destiny all along that these two would eventually meet in the final as in the programme notes Roberts suggested that a showdown with Choi would enhance his reputation no-end.

However, even though the final billing did not live up to expectations, the Manchester man known as Pure Silk ran out of gas against a Mongolian Warrior who was loving the lime light for probably one of the last times in his illustrious career.

Although Choi used all his knowledge to thwart the 22-year-old Lancashire hotshot, Roberts will surely be back for more in the future as he has the potential to go a long way in his professional career.

Full results
featherweight Choi Tseveenpurev w pts 3 Rhys Roberts
featherweight George Jupp w tko 2 Lee Jennings
featherweight Troy James w pts 3 Barrington Brown
featherweight Rhys Roberts w pts 3 Ian Bailey
featherweight Rhys Roberts w pts 3 Troy James
featherweight Choi Tseveenpurev w pts 3 George Jupp
featherweight Choi Tseveenpurev w ko 2 Lee Glover

October 29, 2011

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