Hellraiser Boxing News | Bowes Wins Eliminator, Milch Shocked in London
FROM RINGSIDE: Matt Lewis covers the Hellraiser Boxing show, Titanium, from York Hall on 10th February. Headlined by Philip Bowes in a Commonwealth title eliminator, it was a busy show with some top talent to look out for.
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by Matt Lewis, ringside
Philip Bowes vs Vusumzi Tyatyeka
Headlining this bumper card at York Hall was a 10 round eliminator for the Commonwealth welterweight belt between South Africa's Tyatyeka and East London's Bowes, who wasted little time in taking the initiative in the opening rounds. A southpaw right hook and straight left hand seemed to catch the attention of Tyatyeka, who didn't offer much in the early stages, choosing instead to move around the ring and pot shot from range. Things slowly started to warm up in the 4th, and by the 5th the South African had worked his way into the contest, pushing Bowes back with a series of jabs and forcing him to trade on the ropes.
The middle rounds belonged to the visitor, who noticeably upped his output in the 6th, firing off straight shots before swaying awkwardly out of reach. The Brit tried to connect with big swinging hooks in response but couldn't fully measure the distance against the wiry Tyakyeka, who stayed compact and avoided a gunfight. After a wild left hand sent Bowes off balance in the 8th, his corner had seen enough and, sensing rounds slipping away from them, urged him to go back to boxing behind the jab to win the final two sessions. He walked away a comfortable enough winner, although the official score of 99-92 I though was slightly generous to Bowes, who won by 98-93 on my card. His record now reads 17-3, Tyatyeka's stands at 20-6.
Tony Milch vs Danny Little
Milch, coming off a loss to Matt McCarthy for the Southern Area belt, was looking to get back to winning ways, but fell to a surprising points defeat over 6 rounds after a spirited performance from Little. The match started cautiously as the pair examined each other, with the only punches of note being range-finding jabs from Milch, although he did land a telling back hand as the bell rang. This sparked Little into action, forcing shootouts that Milch wasn't expecting to have. Pawing jabs were answered with big right hands and hooks to the body, and by the 4th round Milch was beginning to show signs of fatigue.
Tony briefly rallied at the start of the 5th but was put back on the ropes by a right cross that left him momentarily stunned. Little pounced, and could have forced the home fighter to a knee if not for some rugged defending from the Hertfordshire man. Knowing he needed a big final round, Milch had to meet fire with fire in the 6th; he came out swinging and they traded in the centre of the ring, but he couldn't dissuade Little from coming forward and applying pressure. He was caught again in the final moments, and despite complaining at the 58-56 score in Little's favour, looked like he knew he didn't have things all his own way. He falls to 13-2, while Little improves to 7-39-2 and is a tougher customer than his record suggests.
Josh Ejakpovi improves to 10-0 with a routine win over Nathan Hardy (6-18-3) over four and will surely be ready for sterner tests in the near future. He could not miss with his southpaw straight left, and had Hardy badly wobbled in the 2nd session. He exhibited improved patience in stalking his opponent around the ring, but still lacks a finishing punch to end his good buildup work. Andre Sterling, however, had no such issues, and blasted Justin Johnson to his knees with a savage left hook to the ribs at the end of the 1st round. Johnson knew that he was outgunned against the impressive Sterling, and stayed down for the count. Sterling is now 5-0, Johnson now 1-5-1.
The only other non four-rounder on the bill saw Jeffrey Ofori take a 59-56 points win over six against Jamie Quinn, who gave a good account of himself. Ofori started well behind the jab and was looking confident by the 3rd, with his best work coming from range. Quinn, in response, did his utmost to drag Ofori into trading. Ofori obliged in the 5th and 6th, but didn't possess the power to trouble the visitor; Ofori moves to 4-0, Quinn to 3-53-2. Popular Afghan super-flyweight Kaisy Khademi (3-0)scored his first professional stoppage over away import Georgi Georgiev (4-8-1) in the 2nd round of a scheduled four. Khademi dropped the Bulgarian twice in the 1st with sharp back hands to the head, and again in the 2nd after working the body. Georgiev beat the count, but referee Chaz Coakley had seen enough, calling the stoppage.
JJ Hughes was eager to do the same against Callum Ide but instead gave himself a hard night's work, eventually emerging the winner by the slightest of margins. He started aggressively but was thwarted by Ide's long reach and frequent jabs. Hughes moved to the body, but risked losing some of his shape and occasionally looked a little frustrated at the lack of reward for his efforts. A 39-38 victory (which I thought favoured Ide's work a little too much) sees him move to 2-0, while Ide falls to 0-8-2. Frank Arnold took all 4 rounds against Luke Fash thanks to an impressive jab and overhand right, which found the target frequently. Fash came forward in the latter half of the bout, but gained nothing but a bloodied nose. Arnold has much to learn, but for now will be pleased with his new 2-0 record. Fash falls to 2-34-2.
Daniel Khan moved to 4-0 with a win over experienced Ivan Godor, now 20-53-4. Khan was better in every department , but was made to work for his victory by the rugged visitor. Godor was eventually reduced to stifling Khan's work as best he could, while staying clear of his rapid-fire combinations. In a sport full of young fighters wanting to make a name for themselves, one can't help but feel quietly confident about Daniel, who could go on to achieve something with enough application. John Harding, with good shot selection and front foot pressure, looked to have an easy night's work against the always good-value Lewis van Poetsch, who barely threw a shot in the first two rounds of a scheduled four. However, he suddenly sprang to life in the third, and again in the final round, doing enough to earn a point on my 39-37 card. Referee Chaz Coakley saw otherwise, and awarded Harding a 40-36 win.
There were several debutants on the show; Ohio Kain looked composed in defeating Sean Gorman (now 2-19-1) with big hooks to the body proving the difference between them early on. Gorman caught a couple of these around the kidneys and one below the belt, but it was an otherwise classy showing from the Londoner. The cumulative pressure forced Gorman onto one knee at the final bell, seeing Kain walk away the 40-35 winner. Aaron Collins was fired up for his debut against Dale Arrowsmith (1-12), and relied upon sharp left hooks to take a 40-37 points win. Collins forced the action but couldn't quite cut the ring off against his elusive opponent, and was kept at bay with sharp looking jabs and one-twos. A respectable start for the young man from Hampshire, while Arrowsmith looks a useful learning opponent. Roy Sheehan opened his account with a 40-36 win over Jordan Grannum (2-17) thanks to some telling body shots. His amateur experience (at European level) was obvious, and when he realised he would have to work overtime for the unlikely knockout, he instead cruised comfortably to a deserved win.
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Posted: 13th Feb 2018
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