Saturday night, at the Kings Hall, Stoke, Carl Greaves, in association with Scott Lawton’s Impact Boxing, hosted a fight-night that had been reduced to just three contests following injuries.
The show started later than scheduled and began with singer/crooner Dan Hewitt (former XFactor contender, ie ‘The Hewitts’) who got attendees in the Christmas mood with some Buble style songs and ended with ‘My Way’.
The night was dedicated to the memory of local Burslem man Nathan Bates who was killed in October and was a friend of boxer Kaash Buttery.
Buttery was the headlining bout and his fight was preceded by a minutes’ standing applause for his friend ‘Batesy’. Boxing got under way and Buttery was fast-footed and quick-handed as per usual, unleashing flurries of punches from all angles against tough opponent Ibrar Riyaz of Reading. The crowd are cheering ‘Batesy, Batesy’ and Buttery looks to make his opponent pay for each shot landed. Round five sees Buttery sustain a vertical cut above the nose (right brow) which he later revealed was an old cut which had re-opened, but it doesn’t prove to be a problem and the corner have done a good job in stopping the blood flow in the final round. Both men slug it out in the final seconds with Buttery getting the points’ win 60-54 on what was clearly an emotional night.
Jamal Le Doux of Hanley virtually chased his opponent - Harry Matthews of York for the first half of their six round Light-Heavyweight contest before easing off in the later rounds. Le Doux secured a 60-54 points victory.
And Luke Jones of Chasetown had opponent Russ Midgley of Leeds on the canvas just inside the opening round of their four round Lightweight contest. Jones’s sharp body-punches and head-shots were clearly getting through - securing him the points victory 40-35