Hellraiser Boxing News | High Stakes: Rest of the Show
Ringside write up of the rest of the huge High Stakes show at York Hall. Gelasius Taaru, Tony Milch, Konrad Stempowski and Tony Buttigieg all featured in an exciting show.
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Adam Thorn, ringside
The High Stakes card featured nineteen fights and there was plenty of drama and some upsets outside of the main event. Hellraiser protege Gelasius Taaru had the first big test of his career, going up against former Olympian Norbert Kalucza of Budapest, Hungary. Taaru’s promoter Mickey Helliet said he’s already having trouble matching him, as his record of 2-0 (2) has alerted people to his power. The featherweight from Reading had put away his first two professional opponents with short rights, but it was body shots that did for Kalucza. From the opening minute Taaru had too much for the Hungarian, putting him down twice to the body in round one. Norbert looked at his corner after the first knockdown with horror in his eyes, but did well to stay in the fight, even having some small success in the second. Gelasius showed good patience and varied his attacks, eventually overwhelming his foe in the third with a barrage that again dropped Kalucza and forced the referee to step in. Taaru moves to 3-0 (3), Kalucza drops to 14-11 (8).
Super Welterweight Konrad Stempowski 4-0 (0) survived a scare against early career gatekeeper Kevin McCauley 13-142-11 (0). Konrad was badly wobbled in the second round and had promoter Helliet on his feet at the ring screamed for him to hold, which eventually he did. McCauley, from Stourbridge, is often seen in these parts but rarely has he looked so energised. Stempowski showed heart and class, and took the other three rounds, showcasing a particularly nice left hook to the body. The Reading man walked away relieved with a 38-37 decision and a 5-0, intact perfect record.
South East London has a few fighters at the very top of the British scene, and on this bill three who are making a name for themselves and racing towards the top. Lewisham’s Andre Sterling moved to 2-0 (0) with a dominant points win over the durable Richard Harrison, 2-20 (0) at light heavy. The stocky Sterling was unlucky not to get the knockout in the third round, but Harrison held on to the end, to be on the wrong end of a 40-35 score. Chris “2Slick” Kongo of Bermondsey leapt on his opponent Michal Vosyka, 6-36-1 (3) in round one, pummelling him through the ropes and forcing the stoppage after only forty nine seconds. Kongo improves to 4-0 (3), it had been scheduled for 6 rounds at welterweight. Also from Bermondsey, Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe wasted no time in dispatching another Eastern European victim. Milan Cechvala 1-1 (1) was out as soon as the devastating right hand of Riakporhe landed, moving him to 4-0 (3).
Sam Jones, 3-0 (1) going in, had a big test in his fourth pro fight against Chris Adaway 6-29-4 (0). Plymouth’s Adaway may not have a winning record, but he gave former Team GB captain Tom Stalker a run for his money in April and is always game for a fight. Jones obliged and he seemed initially to be edging the toe to toe action until the final round, when a looping left from Adaway crashed behind his ear and sent him scrambling across the ring. He didn’t touch down but was clearly in trouble and the referee prevented Adaway dishing out more to the defenseless Bournemouth man, who suffered his first professional loss. Adaway was delighted to celebrate his fortieth professional fight with his first knockout win.
Tony Milch is knocking on the door of a title fight, the Archway super welterweight was 12-0 (2) and fought a six rounder against Arvydas Trizno 24-62-3 (6). Trizno went for Milch in the first stanza, seemingly to the home fighter’s surprise. Once the rhythm settled down, Tony was happy to move around the outside, and box his way clear when pressed. It was close though, and the Lithuanian did have his moments, testing Tony’s chin on more than one occasion, and drawing blood from his nose. In the end a close decision went Milch’s way thanks to his more refined boxing, 58-57.
Another unbeaten fighter, super middleweight Onder Ozgul 10-0 (4) looking to keep his “0” had a late replacement in Tyan Booth over four rounds, and struggled with the Sheffield man’s awkward style. Booth 11-11-4 (2) had been out of the ring for three years, and took the fight at two day’s notice after Jamie Ambler pulled out. Ozgul has been sparring Billie Joe Saunders, but failed to adapt sufficiently, and the fight was awarded a 38-38 draw. Ozgul will be disappointed but Booth has been in with top names and is the kind of tricky customer an aspiring fighter will have to learn to deal with. A rematch would be interesting.
Three relative novices came through tests with varying degrees of ease. Tony Buttigieg moved to 2-0 (0) with what looked like a good performance against Yadollah Ghasemi, now 1-8-1 (1), but the nineteen year old was unhappy with himself post fight. Ghasemi was swiping at air for much of the four rounder at welterweight and bizarrely kept dropping his hands to taunt Tony. Tony should add power with age; but Yadollah’s marked and bloody face was testament to the folly of his showboating.
Another man unhappy with how he fought was Canadian/ Czech light welterweight Helmand Alekozai, now 5-0 (2), and although he had a little more reason to be, the sweltering conditions and the fact that this was his first UK fight were reasonable enough extenuating circumstances. He took a close decision over Gyula Tallosi, 15-18 (9). Ricky Coker, now 4-0 (0) got up from the canvas in the second round of his 6 round middleweight fight against the dangerous Anthony Fox to win 58-56 on the referee’s card. The entertaining scrap went back and forth and Coker was rightly proud afterward to have overcome a tough opponent. Fox drops to 1-7-2 (0).
Barney Joe Jones had a night to forget, after walking onto a big left hand from Edgars Sniedze in the second round. Jones was down for a while but fortunately left the ring on his feet. His record now stands at 1-2 (0), while Sniedze continues to only ever win by knockout, 5-19 (5). Heavyweight Scott Saward gave it his best shot at claiming his first inside the distance victim, but Ferenc Zsalek used every trick in the book to nullify his ability to land big shots cleanly. Saward took every round of the four, and is now 2-0 (0), Zsalek 20-58-6 (6). Elvis Makoda continues to improve and took every round of four over Luke Fash. Makoda upped his work rate in each round to move to 4-1-2 (0), Fash now stands at 2-22-1 (0). Danny Kennedy may not have a knockout win to his name yet but he certainly carries power. The Yorkshireman won his super welterweight bout with Edvinas Puplauskos 60-55, to improve to 5-0 (0). Edvinas is now 5-9 (4).
Two debutants also stepped out at High Stakes and both performed admirably. Jeffery “Jeffy” Ofori cut the ring down well and ground down Joe Beeden, now 2-45-1 (1), stopping the Swindon man in the fourth and final round at lightweight. Harjeet Singh had far and away the best ring walk of the evening, coming out to drums, music and giant face masks which entertained the crowd and his fans. The tall and mobile cruiser showed good shot selection and stalked his opponent Florians Strupets tirelessly for four rounds. Singh was reward with a 40-36 points victory in his maiden fight, Strupets’ record lies at 3-44-3 (2).
Adam Thorn is on Twitter: @LaudusHimself
Photos by Andrew Clugston
Posted: 1st Jun 2017
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