Super-Welterweight Tony Dixon (9-1, 3 KO’s) brought the curtain down on the “Crunch Time” event in double quick time on Saturday night, needing just 100 seconds to knockout Mike Jones (2-3) to capture the Welsh title at Rhydycar Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil.
The 24-Year-old was originally scheduled to face Dale Evans but due to unforeseen circumstances, the contest fell by the wayside and replacement Mike Jones was brought in. Jones looked physically imposing at the weigh in with a height / reach advantage over Dixon.
Dixon started the contest well by moving in quickly to get inside the guard of Jones to neutralize the threat, stunning Jones in the process with a hard overhand right which dropped him hard through the bottom ropes.
Jones did well to find his feet before the count of ten but found the canvas shortly after from an identical shot. Referee Martin Williams took a close look but found reason to allow the fight to continue, an action which Jones would regret after a hard left hook brought home the victory for Dixon moments later. The visitor landed face first on the canvas and a new Welsh champion was crowned.
The Heavyweight encounter of the night brought with it controversy which was met by boos from the crowd when Stockport heavyweight Chris Healy (6-4, 2KO) got the nod over Aberdare’s Dorian Darch (12-4, 1KO).
Darch seemed to control the action from the opening bell, maneuvering Healy around the ring, cutting him over the ear from his various cuffing shots.
In the second half of the fight, Darch looked fatigued from the pace set but was still able to walk down Healy who threw shots that mostly landed on the arms of the Aberdare resident.
Darch not for the first time had blood flowing down the side of his face from an accidental headbutt which further spurred him on. However in the eye of the referee he didn’t do enough to secure the win much to the anguish of the onlooking public.
The hometown support brought the noise levels up a few octaves in the night’s third encounter, having much to cheer about. Treharris’ Gavin Gwynne outpointed Jamie Quinn over six rounds.
It was the first time Gwynne had done the six-round distance, not that you would have known, starting at a quick pace which was maintained for the duration.
Quinn who for the most part was forced to cover up, was unable to match the pace of the 6-foot lightweight, getting swallowed by the current from the wave after wave of offensive artillery that ‘GG’ employed.
Gwynne dictated the action behind a good jab which he used to work in effective uppercuts to break the high guard of Quinn and taking a 60-54 score from the referee in another faultless display.
Swansea Lightweight Kristian Touze (2-0) brought his nine month hiatus to an end with a solid points victory over Adam Bannister (0-1).
Impressive in his approach, Touze countered every move his opponent made, advantages in speed paying dividends in catching the marauding Bannister coming in before cutely circling away from any repercussions.
It was a solid win for Touze who takes his record to 2-0 but more pleasing was the generosity shown by Touze who donted his fight purse to charity afterwards.
One of Wales’ best prospects, JJ Evans (4-0) showed the reasoning for his high regard with a brilliant display of boxing in outpointing one of Britain’s best journeymen in William Warburton (23-108-9, 4KO).
Warming to the occasion JJ found openings late on in the contest due to Warburton abandonment of his defence in search of another upset. The visitor swarming forward in the hope of adding JJ’s name to that of his countrymen Mano Lee and Lewis Rees who have come unstuck by the Atherton spoiler.
Evans wasn’t about to let that happen, staying composed the 10-time Welsh champion landed the sharper shots, catching Warburton with hooks and the occasional uppercut to ward off the danger that was present.
It was another good display from JJ who had his hand raised by a score of 40-38.
Tredegar’s Ricky Rowlands (1-0) showed little to no effect of nervousness from his professional debut, landing with thudding body shots which reverberated from the rafters of the sports hall on route to winning a decision over the winless Paul Cummings (0-5).
The debut was a long time in waiting and Rowlands took out his frustrations on Cummings with a show of power. Cummings offered very little but found himself hitting shadows when he thought the opportunity presented itself in an impressive first showing from the Jamie Arthur trained fighter
Penygraig’s Welterweight Stuart Brewer (2-0) scored a knockdown points victory over Jack Glass (0-12) by a score of 40-35 in the nights opener.
Brewer made his reintroduction to Welsh fight fans following a five-year hiatus, doing so with aplomb.
Glass having taken the fight on late notice sensed a chance to upset the odds but found a fighter who was on his game.
Brewer switched stances from time to time was able to land frequently in the four rounder, steadily upping the power stakes in the fourth, landing a right hand that dropped Glass to the canvas temporarily.
Glass made it to his feet before the count of 10 but without any time on the timekeeper’s clock to find the stoppage it was left to the judging who scored the fight 40-35.
*Credit Paul Daley - Top Class Boxing*
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