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Brummie Don Broadhurst successfully defended his Commonwealth title at Wolves Civic at the weekend, with a hard-fought victory against Ghana’s finest, Asamoah Wilson. Dave Woodhall reports from ringside.

Local hero Don Broadhurst overcame a worrying start to give the best performance of his career in defending the Commonwealth super-flyweight title at Wolverhampton Civic Hall last Friday.

Broadhurst, unbeaten in his previous ten contests, was an overwhelming favourite against the Ghanain Asamoah Wilson, yet an upset looked on the cards as the challenger caught Broadhurst twice towards the end of the first round, opening up the champion’s nose.

The blood continued to flow freely throughout the second round, although Broadhurst upped his workrate and began to throw combinations that had the African taking a step backward on occasions.

Broadhurst began to dominate in the third, Wilson having little answer to the two-fisted assault from the Brummie champion.

Broadhurst’s corner had done a superb job on their man’s injuries, and there was no further cause for alarm as he stepped up a gear throughout the fourth and fifth rounds, landing his shots with power and precision. Broadhurst was particularly effective with blows to the body of his challenger, who was beginning to tire as the fifth round ended.

The champion caught his man repeatedly throughout the sixth round, finding his target at will. The fight was becoming increasingly one-sided and the challenger’s corner threw in the towel just as referee Mark Green stepped in to end the contest after 2 minutes 44 seconds of the sixth round.

Broadhurst is due to challenge Lee Haskins for the British title in the near future, and has his eyes firmly on greater glories. "I’ve got the ability to make it to world level" was his verdict after despatching Wilson.

Chief support on a highly-entertaining bill came from an eliminator for the British welterweight title between Telford’s Mark Lloyd and Jamie Cox, from Swindon. The fight got off to a controversial start in the first round when Lloyd fell to the floor, and with the referee ruling a slip, Cox appeared to kick out in frustration as his opponent regained his feet. Cox was quite rightly warned for his behaviour and settled down to win the round despite being cut over the right eye.

This was of little concern to the unbeaten Cox, who proceeded to dominate the fight with a display that had the well-supported Lloyd struggling to lay a glove on his opponent.

Lloyd came into the fight more towards the closing stages but was looking tired as the fight entered the eighth round. Cox took advantage, coming on strong as the round wore on until a big right to the head sent his opponent to the canvas. Lloyd managed to recover, but a combination of punches left him struggling against the ropes and the fight was stopped after 2 minutes and 6 seconds of the final round.

Cox now boasts a record of 11-0 with seven of his wins by stoppages, while Lloyd’s record drops to 12-3.

The opening fight of the night pitched hometown light-middlweight Rob Kenney against a late replacement in JJ Bird, of Peterborough, over four rounds. Kenney started the better, but Bird came into the fight in the later stages and a draw was a fair result.

Rob Hunt of Stafford lost his 100% record in his 13th contest when having to be content with a draw over four rounds at welterweight against Calne’s Chris Long, last seen in this ring when losing to Scott Morgan for the British Masters title in February.

Hunt started the busier of the two boxers, and had Long down towards the end of the first, but was unable to press the advantage home and ran out of ideas as the fight progressed. It was Hunt’s turn to take an eight count at the end of the third round and although Hunt’s bleeding nose gave cause for concern he did enough to share the honours at the end of an enjoyable contest which was well-received by the crowd.

There was no room for doubt in the next fight, a four rounds light-middlweight bout between Jamie Ball of Coseley and the veteran Matt Scriven of Notingham. Ball won all four rounds despite suffering a cut to the eye following a clash of heads and took his pro record to six wins from six starts.

West Bromwich light-middleweight Marcus Portman was successful in his first contest since challenging for the Commonwealth title last year, outpointing Mansfield’s Alex Spitko over four.

Portman took some time to work off the ring rust caused by his ten-month layoff, but eventually earned a 40-38 decision.

English middleweight champion Darren McDermott, of Dudley, gave away almost a stone to Jamie Ambler from Aberystwyth, but had little trouble in notching up the 16th win of his career, against one win and a draw. McDermott was on top throughout, with the Welshman warned for holding several times during the later stages of the fight. The referee’s verdict of 60-55 seemed about right in what for McDermott was a marking time contest until his challenge next month for the Commonwealth title currently held by Darren Barker.

A surprisingly large number of the crowd stayed until the final bout and they were rewarded with the best fight of the night. Jason Welborn of Tividale, making his first appearance in the ring for over two years, made up for lost time in a four round welterweight clash with Kevin McCauley of Stourbridge. Neither fighter took a step back throughout the fight and although the well-supported Wellbourne got the referee’s decision by 39-38 it could have gone either way. Wellbourne’s record is now 3 wins and one defeat, McCauley’s is 3-6.



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