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Dave Woodhall reports on a night of big fight action from Birmingham's Tower Ballroom. Top of the bill Robert Hunt v Daniel Thorpe, with an undercard stuffed full of local talent.

An entertaining evening’s boxing at the Tower Ballroom on Friday evening saw bill-topper Rob Hunt of Stafford get back to winning ways with a comfortable six rounds victory at welterweight over Sheffield’s Daniel Thorpe.

Hunt’s last fight had seen him lose his 100% record when drawing with Chris Long, but he was never in any danger against the veteran Yorkshireman, taking part in his 118th professional contest.

Hunt started with a couple of good combinations and his skilful use of the jab set the tone for the rest of the contest. He rocked Thorpe in the third, the Yorkshire fighter also in trouble in round five when staggered by a big right hand. There was no respite in the final round, Thorpe’s bloodied nose at the end of the contest further proof that he had been well beaten, with Hunt taking the decision by a score of 60-54.

The most exciting performance of the night belonged to Wolverhampton middleweight Ben Wilkes, who outpointed Chris Brophy of Swansea over four rounds. Wilkes, who seems to get lighter and more impressive with each fight, worked the ring well and was rarely troubled by the Welsh journeyman. The Wolverhampton fighter deserved the 40-36 verdict and looks capable of going on to better things. There’s even talk of him dropping to light-middle.

Debutant Spencer Evans of Stourbridge got both the evening and his professional career off to a good start by outpointing veteran Brummie Anthony Hanna over four rounds at lightweight. Despite having fought over a hundred less contests than his opponent, Evans was in no way overawed and caught the eye in the way he worked inside to take a 40-38 verdict.

Next up was a four rounds light-middleweight bout between Tamworth’s Matt Seawright and Terry Maugham of Nottingham, who had been stopped in his debut last month. This wasn’t exactly a display of the sweet science, more an old-fashioned tear up with Maugham just about deserving a 39-37 decision, to the delight of a number of fans who had made the journey along the M42. Seawright never stopped working, although much of his punching was wildly inaccurate and had he shown more composure he could have taken the verdict.

Wolverhampton’s Myles Holder learned a valuable lesson during his six rounds middleweight contest. Up against Dave Sadler of Leeds, yet to win after four bouts, Holder began well enough, only to walk onto a right cross at the start of the third round. A count of six was enough for the unbeaten Holder to make a full recovery and he was soon back on top again.

Holder grew in confidence as the fight progressed, landing several solid punches to the head of the Yorkshireman in the closing stages to take a 58-55 decision and his professional record to four wins out of four.

The final bout of the night saw Birmingham light-welter Chris Truman ease to his third victory from three contests with a four round win over fellow Brummie Sid Razak. The veteran Razak offered little resistance in the first three rounds, opening up as the fight drew to a close, but was never really in any danger of being hurt by his youthful opponent.

Other news: Tonight’s show at the Venue, Dudley has been cancelled, while Wayne Elcock has been forced to pull out of his challenge for the vacant British middlweight title against Darren Barker which was also due to take place this evening. Elcock is suffering from gastro-enteritis and his place has been taken by Danny Butler, outpointed by Wolverhampton’s Darren McDermott when challenging for the English title two weeks ago.


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