By Tom Gray: William “Stainless” Steel scored a shut-out over Danny Dontchev at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell on Friday night over eight two minute rounds. The event was promoted by Paul Graham’s Prospect Boxing.
The Wishaw based welterweight used his jab perfectly in a disciplined performance, keeping Dontchev at bay and rendering him completely ineffective.
Every session of the contest followed the same pattern as Steel peppered his Bulgarian opponent with the left lead, doubling and tripling on it in an attempt to set up power shots. Dontchev, to his credit, was wise to the plan and did a good job of evading real damage.
If there was a down side to Steel’s output it was his neglect of a solid body assault. He was made to miss frequently with the right hand and going downstairs could have set up better opportunities.
Having said that the athletic Scot is still on a learning curve and regardless of any oversights in the game plan he was rarely touched, while his opponent will require treatment on a badly cut right eye.
Steel improves to 3-0.
Kenny Davidson, also fighting out of Wishaw, edged Sabie Montieth on points in a very entertaining four round middleweight scrap. The London based Montieth decked Davidson in the opening round after closing the gap quickly to land a superb left hook.
The Wishaw man rebounded by taking the next two sessions on work rate and aggression to level the contest going into the final round.
Montieth was hitting on the break throughout the fight and was deducted a point in the final round which, as it turned out, cost him a draw.
The Scot prevailed 38-37 and is now 3-1-1.
Paul Allison, of Stranraer, outpointed Louis Byrne over six two minute rounds in a light middleweight bout. Both men were landing effectively in the opening round with Allison the more consistent throughout the session.
That pattern continued in the second as Allison proved the hungrier, more active and powerful fighter while unleashing a wicked body attack. The third round was even better as the work downstairs set up combinations to the head that seemed to trouble the Londoner.
Byrne was brave but completely out manned over the next two sessions as his body was pounded with vicious hooks down both flanks. This reporter managed to give Byrne the final round, as he was a little more accurate, but it was too little too late. The referee scored the fight 59-55.
Allison has some real potential and with a little refining his style will be very suited to the pro ranks. His record is now 5-0.