On Saturday night, Liam Conroy of Barrow-in-Furness retained the English Light-Heavyweight Title with a second round TKO over Miles Shinkwin of Bushey, Hertfordshire. A right to the head in the second round followed by a number of clubbing rights to the head left Shinkwin looking dazed. Conroy backed him into the neutral corner and subjected him to a further onslaught with Shinkwin unable to respond. Referee Shaun Messer jumped in to stop the contest.
The MTK – Johnney Roye promotion at the Guild Hall, Preston, (streamed by BoxNation) played host to thirteen fights in all, but a thrilling ten round Super-Featherweight contest between Dublin’s ‘Pretty Boy’ Declan Geraghty and Liverpool’s John Quigley took top-spot for me. Just thirty seconds in and Geraghty dabs at his right brow seemingly following a clash of heads. The blood flows down his face but to the side so he didn’t let it bother him and fighting continues. The two southpaws teased each other with feints and waited for counter-opportunities. Geraghty ends up with his head through the ropes in the sixth and a minute later Quigley is also sent stumbling across the canvas. Both men are told to clean it up by Referee John Latham. Geraghty is deducted a point for fouling. Quigley switches to orthodox and has the better rounds late on but Geraghty, despite the cut, did more in the earlier rounds to secure the win on points 96-93
Chorley’s Jack Catterall made quick work of experienced Stourbridge boxer Kevin McCauley in their scheduled six round Super-Welterweight contest. McCauley took a body-shot in the opening round and was counted out while still on his knee.
Belfast’s Alfredo Meli had Romanian opponent Romeo Paun (Bucharest) on the canvas twice in round one of their scheduled 8 round Super-Middleweight contest, with body-shots. Referee Darren Sarginson waved the fight off deeming Paun in no position to continue.
Sale’s Ben Sheedy was up against busy Darryl Sharp of Middleton in a 6 round Middleweight contest and secured a points’ win 59-55.
Preston’s ‘Magic’ Matty Clarkson made a comeback after three and a half years to face late opponent Dmitrijs Kalinovski of Klaipeda, Lithuania. Clarkson gets back to winning ways with a points’ victory 40-36 in the Cruiserweight division.
Debutant Sahir Iqbal of Bolton had a good first pro outing against MJ Hall of Brierley Hill. Iqbal dominated throughout to notch up his first pro-win on points 40-36 at Super-Welterweight.
Glossop’s Adam Hague scored a 60-54 points victory over Fonz Alexander of Newark at Super-Lightweight.
Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke (Newcastle, Tyne and Wear) secured a shut-out points victory 40-36 in his first pro-bow against Jindrich Velecky (Ceska Trebova, Czech Republic). Velecky sustained a nasty cut to the left brow in the fourth but sees it out to the final bell.
Damian Chambers of Dukinfield also had a first round win. Imantas Davidaitas of Klaipeda, Lithuania, was down twice and not allowed to continue by Referee Sarginson despite Davidaitas protesting that he was ok to proceed. Chambers wins by TKO round 1 in the Cruiserweight division.
The third debutant of the night, Light-Heavyweight Michael McGoldrick, did well to keep focused against a lack-lustre Remigijus Ziausys. The Lithuanian opponent threw few punches whilst McGoldrick kept busy – scoring with body-shots in the second round. Ziausys sustains a cut to the left eye area in round three but continues and McGoldrick, unsurprisingly, goes on to score a 40-36 points’ win.
Wigan’s Sotiris Papageorgiou of Greece survived a cut to the right brow in round three of a 4 round Super-Welterweight contest to win a points victory (40-36) over Italian-born Victor Edagha of Southwark.
And at Middleweight, Warrington’s Nathan Wheatley outpointed Bangor, Northern Ireland’s Casey Blair (40-36)