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Sunny Edwards masterclass, Kody Davies rises from the deck versus Zak Chelli

Ringside report: Sunny Edwards collects belts at flyweight, while Davies and Pitters star, Foster and Reid oh so close, as Jonathan Nagioff writes

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Sunny Edwards stars on stacked bill
Sunny Edwards stars on stacked bill

On a night where Tyson Fury’s lineal heavyweight defence on Mexican Independence Day weekend stole the limelight and much of the build-up on the double-show fight-week, Queensbury Promotions’ precursor event also delivered, with four cracking fights which all could have been a main event in their own right, on a typically rapturous night at the iconic York Hall, Bethnal Green.


Despite being the main event, Sunny Edwards’ clash with Hugo Rosendo Guarneros was the penultimate fight on the bill, however the Croydon man produced a masterclass performance.


The 23-year-old stepped down from super-flyweight to flyweight for the first time and reaped the benefits in a comfortable win to claim the vacant IBF international and WBO Intercontinental championships.


The south Londoner extended his unblemished record to 13 straight wins, switching between orthodox and southpaw stances whilst landing consistent swift combinations to take a unanimous points decision.


The last fight on the card was a fiercely contested contest between super-bantamweight rivals Brad Foster and Lucien Reid which ended in a majority draw.


Lichfield’s Foster retained his British and Commonwealth titles in the process, but in truth the fight could have gone either way.


West Ham’s Reid had success leading with his left jab, before switching to southpaw on several occasions. Following 11 chaotic rounds, both men launched a final-round assault with Reid landing combinations flush on his foe but taking some punishment in the process from Foster.


Reid’s noisy contingent appeared disgruntled with the judges’ decision, with Foster retaining his titles, however a rematch could be on the cards after a classic title fight.


Shakan Pitters secured the English light-heavyweight title after he defeated former holder Dec Spelman in arguably the show-stealer.


Spelman, in the first defence of the strap he claimed from Kirk Garvey in May, had former opponent Scott Westgarth’s name imprinted on his shorts after Westgarth tragically lost his life following injuries sustained in their fight in February 2018.


Spelman had some early success, pushing Pitters onto his backfoot although the challenger soon found his way into the bout, landing with some crisp right hooks.


The champion showed his class in the third round, snapping the head back of Pitters with a massive left hand, however Pitters, who is managed by Dean Whyte, responded with a powerful uppercut of his own.


The huge exchanges continued between the pair and the pressure told midway through the bout with Spelman bleeding from his nose. Referee Ian John-Lewis took a close look, as both men let their hands go with vigour in the final rounds.

 

Spelman used his left hook to great effect, but Pitters had answers of his own, connecting with a huge jab in the 10th.


Unanimous scores of 97-93 handed Pitters the biggest win of his career and the coveted English title.


It was an emotional night for Kody Davies, who climbed off the canvas to beat Zak Chelli in an eliminator for the British light-heavyweight title.


Chelli sent Davies crashing to the canvas in the second round, but the Welshman, who was buoyed on by former world champion and countryman Joe Calzaghe, responded to dominate large portions of the 10-rounder.


Davies dedicated the victory to his late sister Jade, who tragically passed away earlier this year.


A shot at the vacant British title could be next for Davies, potentially against Craig Richards who is mandatory for the strap, after Joshua Buatsi relinquished the belt earlier this week.


Elsewehere there were wins for Mark Tibbs’ super-flyweight Harvey Horn, who extended his record to seven successive wins after outpointing Elvis Guillen, whilst super-middleweight Umar Sadiq picked up a knockout victory over Kearon Thomas.


Results in full
Brad Foster (11-0-2) vs Lucien Reid (8-0-2)- MD
Sunny Edwards (13-0-0) bt Hugo Rosendo Guarneros (16-3-2)- PTS
Kody Davies (10-0-0) bt Zak Chelli (7-1-0)- PTS
Shakan Pitters (13-0-0) bt Dec Spelman (16-3-0)- PTS
Harvey Horn (7-0-0) bt Elvin Guillen (6-58-4)- PTS
Umar Sadiq (7-1-0) bt Kearon Thomas (0-4-1)- TKO
Caoimhin Agyarko (5-0-0) bt Nelson Altamirano (10-32-3)- TKO
James Branch (6-0-0) bt Jiri Svacina (13-37-0)- PTS
Chris Bourke (5-0-0) bt Jose Hernandez (4-37-1)- PTS
Micky Burke (2-0-0) bt Petar Aleksandrov (3-10-0)- PTS
Mark Chamberlain (4-0-0) bt Lee Connelly (7-49-4)- KO

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