Friday night, at the H Suite / The Venue, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Errol Johnson of Black Country Boxing Promotions, hosted a five-bout show which headlined the Cruiserweight Classic Challenge Title in which Dilbag ‘Dilly’ Singh was victorious by TKO round 4. Singh of Coventry faced Josh Burke of Wolverhampton over a scheduled eight rounds of boxing but, despite an entertaining ring walk which promised an equally big performance inside the ring, Burke left himself too open and Singh’s heavy punches landed to the face a number of times. Burke was on the canvas more than once during the contest and Referee Shaun Messer finally waved the contest off in the fourth after Burke reluctantly got up from the canvas.
Dilbag Singh (Coventry via India) v Joshua Burke (Wolverhampton)
British Classic Challenge Cruiserweight Title
8 x 3 Cruiserweight Contest
Burke’s ring walk was entertaining (!) He and a female vocalist sang a ‘catchy’ song for the crowd (presumably) called ‘Winner, Winner’ before he stepped in to the ring. Despite the positive entrance though, he was very nearly out in round one as he’d been caught several times by a heavy-punching Singh and was on the canvas at the end of the opener. Burke, leaving himself way too open, took a number of head-shots in round two and was down again mid-way through round three. He looked despondent. Another trip to the canvas in round 4 saw him get up for the count but looking less than enthusiastic and the fight was waved off by Referee Messer in 1 minute 36 seconds, Burke in no position to continue.
Singh wins the Classic Challenge belt by TKO round 4
Ryan (Stewart) Davies (Debut)(Tividale) v Andrej Cepur (Klaipeda, Lithuania via Russia)
4 x 3 Welterweight Contest
Aggressive, focussed boxer – ‘Rhino’ Ryan Davies was busy from the off. He did get caught a couple of times from Cepur’s head-shots but he barely blinked when they connected. Cepur was on the canvas mid-way through round two. Davies kept busy and put together some nice combinations in the third.
Davies gets off the mark with a 40-35 points win.
Luke Heron (Walker) (Birmingham) v Simone Lucas (Nottingham)
4 x 3 Middleweight Contest
Walker piled on the pressure in round two and Lucas, backed on the ropes, has to weather the storm but he comes back with shots of his own. It’s a good round two for Walker and a couple of decent rights to the head of Lucas at the end of the third round prompts cheers from the Brummy crowd. Lucas goes to his knees at the start of the fourth and is counted, although his corner protest that he was pushed. Moments later he is down again and seemed to rise reluctantly to his feet – resulting in Referee Messer calling the fight off in 1 minute and 11 seconds of the fourth and final round.
Aaron Murphy (Debut) (Birmingham) v Mitch Mitchell (Lincoln)
4 x 3 Cruiserweight Contest
It was a great, confident first round for debutant Murphy but he seemed to get frustrated in the second round, not surprising as Mitchell is an experienced and tricky boxer. Murphy found himself on the canvas in round three but it was deemed a slip by Referee Messer, then he ‘goes for it’ in the fourth round to secure the shut-out points win for his first pro outing 40-36
Michael Cole (Southam) v Fonz Alexander (Newark)
4 x 3 Super Lightweight Contest
A close contest sees Cole get the win on points 39-38