York Hall undercard - another Cayzer KO; Smith's first win in over 3 years

York Hall undercard - another Cayzer KO; Smith's first win in over 3 years

Small hall promoters face an increasingly difficult task putting on decent cards with no TV money. Despite some last minute disasters (this was originally a 15 bout card) Goodwin promotions latest 'Edge of Glory' bill at the York Hall featured some great scraps. Particularly the British Masters Featherweight ten rounder between Chester's Paul Economides and late replacement Gavin Reid, a Scot from Redcar, Yorkshire (read Declan Warrington's ringside report here).
In the first fight of the evening, 'Gypsy Boy' Billy Smith's (11st 12oz) 19th bout this year saw him get the better of Mark 'Pee Wee' Adams (11st 7lbs), managing to slip most of his punches and getting through with some good jabs of his own in the first.
The beginning of round two saw the pair trade against the ropes with an equal return on their investment for each. Smith's work looked more solid in the final minute and he again took the round.
Adams, from Burnt Oak, London, wasn't getting through with many jabs and he was being consistently beaten to the punch by Worcester's Smith, who was boxing superbly and looked on top of his game. Adams (1-1) has some success halfway through the final round with Smith taking a breather on the ropes, but nowhere enough to win the round. Smith (13-106-2) rolled back the years for his first win since February 2008.
Referee Robert Williams scored it the same as me - 40-37 for Smith. A great performance.
It was nostalgic the hear Ukrainian Oleksiy Chukov (10st 8lbs 8oz) come into the ring to the classic 'Duke of Earl' by the Darts (click here for video). William 'The Etham Assassin' Cayzer (11st 3lbs 8oz) has a reputation for being heavy handed, and the first round rubber stamped this as he gave Chukov a bloody nose (a fair amount of which ended up on my laptop) and battered him against the ropes for the majority. Cayzer did ship a few counters, but nothing to trouble him as he began the second round where he left off.
Referee Jeff Hinds rightly stopped the bout 1.57 into round two, with Chukov taking sustained punishment throughout. Cayzer moves to 3-0, all early, and is one to watch.
Peckham Heavy Dillian 'The Villian' Whyte (16st 2lbs 12oz) was well supported at the York Hall for his third pro bout, and donned a black and gold T-Shirt with 'RIP Smokin Joe' on the back - a nice touch.
He was in against Toni Visic (14st 7lbs) from Split, Croatia, who was a much smaller man and looked very wary indeed of Whyte's power. Whyte controlled the first and was looking to unload with an ending punch.
The fight really came alive in the second with a first real show of strength from Visic appearing to unsettle Whyte. But he soon regained control, again looking to find a fight ending punch. After the referee Jeff Hinds separated them, Visic had his back turned slightly, and Whyte ran over and unloaded, but was unable to connect squarely.
Whyte put Visic down for an eight count a minute into the third, but he rose gamely, only for Jeff Hinds to stop it at 1.46 after witnessing too many of Whyte's right handers get through. He improves to 3-0, with Visic dropping to 1-3-1.
Leytonstone's Philip 'Quicksilver' Bowes (10st 6lbs) took his second pro bout against East Ham journeyman Johnny Greaves (10st 4lbs).
Bowes was economical yet accurate in the first round, and managed to find Greaves's chin despite the usual short, sharp, jerky movement from the likeable East Ham man. Pressure coming from Bowes was met with shrugs of the shoulders and fancy footwork from Greaves, but, as usual, he threw little.
In the third, Greaves was wrestled to the ground, but rose to have a go for the first time in the fight. Bowes coasted home in the fourth. It doesn't appear to be too difficult to beat Greaves (3-73), but it's certainly not easy to stop him. Referee Robert Williams scores it 40-36 to Bowes.
A cruiserweight four threes featured former kickboxing champion Ilir Canolli (14st 11lbs 8oz) from Kosovo, who faced Lithuanain Aleksejus Stankevicius (14st 6lbs 8oz).
It didn't last long, just 49 seconds. Canolli unleashed a thunderous right cross to Stankevicius' temple that sent him to the ground. Referee Robert Williams went over to survey the damage, and immediately waved it off. A third straight win for Canoli, his first KO. Stankevicius drops to 3-3.
Ipswich's Henry Bacon (12st 2lbs) was supposed to feature in a battle of the undefeated against Peckham's Diego Burton, but this fight was scuppered at the last minute due to medical irregularities. Bacon found himself in against Yorkshire's Jason Ball (12st 2lbs 8oz). He had a tough time of it indeed, as Ball certainly came down to London to fight.
A fairly even and lively start to this super middleweight four threes saw Bacon starting on the front foot, but having his attacks repelled by Ball, who looks like a smaller David Haye.
Bacon went down at the beginning of the second from a left right combo, and looked shaken for the remainder while Ball went for the finish. A head clash opened up a cut above Ball's right eye, but this didn't phase him.
Bacon got a little of his snap back in the third, but Ball was on his game and produced the better work, pinning Bacon against the ropes. The final round saw a better effort from Bacon, but it was looking as if his young record would get its first blemish.
Referee Jeff Hinds scored the bout a 38-38 draw, but Ball's aggression nicked it for me, especially considering the knockdown.

12/6/2011

 
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