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It was a great atmosphere last night at Middleton Arena, where Pat Barrett’s ‘Black Flash Promotions’ hosted a five card bill with co-promoters ‘British Boxers’.
It might have been what we refer to as a ‘small hall show’ – but ‘The New Year Explosion’ proved to be a great night of boxing and the venue itself was a small amphi-theatre so there were great views for the paying public.
The night kicked off with a display of pad-work from up and coming female boxer – Laura ‘Cyclone’ Kelly, alongside her father Scott. Kelly, from Rochdale, is a four times ABA National Champion at three different weights and two times European Bronze medallist.
Top of the bill saw local boxer Matthew Ryan face experienced Kevin McCauley of Brighton in a six round Super-Welterweight contest. Ryan suffered a nick below the left eye area in round four but it didn’t prove to be a problem and he went on to score a points win 59-56.
Jimmy Kilrain Kelly of Wythenshawe scored a second round knockdown of Danny Shannon of Chatham, Kent, in their scheduled four round Super-Middleweight contest. Kelly delivered a peach of a body-shot that meant Shannon was still ‘on all fours’ on the canvas when he was counted out by Referee Steve Grey. Kelly extends his undefeated record to 13 wins (5 by KO).
It was a thrilling contest between ‘Dynamo’ Liam Taylor of Middleton and Mick Mills of Gillingham, Kent. Mills found himself on the canvas in round one but gave bags of effort throughout the contest and had Taylor in trouble on a couple of occasions from some wild looping shots. Mills took a lot of head punches in the fourth round and eventually ended up on the canvas. Taylor wins by fourth round TKO taking his unbeaten record to 11 wins (4 by KO).
Pat Barrett’s Nephew - Zelfa ‘Brown Flash’ Barrett of Manchester - didn’t have an easy night against Jamie Quinn of Stockport in their four round Lightweight contest, but secured the points’ win 39-38 to notch up his third victory (1 by KO) no losses.
And, debutant (Sean) Ben Mulligan of Salford faced a tough opponent for his first pro-outing in the form of experienced Matt Seawright of Tamworth. But he handled it well and secured a 60-54 points’ win in their six round Super-Welterweight contest.