At Bolton Whites Hotel last Saturday night, VIP Boxing Promotions presented a Bill entitled ‘2 Jacks – 2 English Titles’ in which home boxers Jack Cullen and Jack Flatley were fighting for their first Titles.
It was a thrilling contest between Bolton’s Jack Flatley and Ludlow’s Craig Morris who gave us toe-to-toe action throughout their ten round bid for the English Super-Welterweight Title. Morris got off to the better start in round one but Flatley had the better second round and a closely fought contest followed. By the end of the action-packed rounds, Flatley’s face looked battered and bruised, but he secured the win with a Unanimous Points Decision (98-93, 97-94, 97-93).
Jack Cullen of Little Lever faced another Jack (!) in the form of Halifax boxer – Jack Sellars for the English Middleweight Title.
Cullen had a great first three rounds with Sellars on the canvas in rounds 1 and 2 and it looked like it might be a quick night’s work for the ‘Meat Cleaver’ but Sellars settled down a bit in round 4 and started to pick his shots. It was a ‘yo-yo’ round 5 with Sellars delivering uppercuts, then Cullen lands an uppercut, then Sellars goes to the canvas again. Sellars is on the canvas once more in the seventh frame and the towel is thrown in, in 1minute 33 seconds of round 8.
Cullen wins the title by TKO Round 8
James Moorcroft (Wigan) v Jake Best (Poole)
6 x 3 Welterweight Contest
Jake Best had taken a lot of shots and sustained a bad cut to the left eye. He went to the canvas in round 2, was counted, then boxing resumed, but Referee Phil Edwards stopped the contest seconds later in 2minutes 30seconds of the second frame.
Moorcroft by Round 2 TKO
Luke Blackledge (Darwen) v Darryl Sharp (Middleton)
6 x 3 Super-Middleweight Contest
It was a hard six rounds for Luke Blackledge who – appearing to have been shocked by Sharp in the opener – looked like a ‘bunny in the headlamps’ for the remaining rounds. The Darwen boxer sustained a cut to the left eye in round 2 and his nose was bloody from Sharp’s efforts. His energy sagged in the third round and despite Sharp seeming to have the upper hand (and enjoying it!) Blackledge gets the marginal points victory 58-57
Andrew Fleming (Wigan) v Troy James (Coventry)
6 x 3 Lightweight Contest
A good performance from Fleming who scored a 60-54 points’ win over former Midlands Area Champion – Troy James.
Jack Kilgannon (Oldham) v Serge Ambomo (Sheffield via Cameroon)
6 x 3 Middleweight Contest
Kilgannon wins on points 60-55
Damian Chambers (Dukinfield) v Remigijus Ziausys (Klaipeda, Lithuania)
6 x 3 Cruiserweight Contest
Chambers had a quick night – scoring a first round TKO
Kyle Lomotey (Leigh) v Jordan Grannum (Islington)
6 x 3 Super-Welterweight Contest
Lomotey gets the points win 60-54
Kane Gardner (Beswick) v Ben Fields (Digbeth)
6 x 3 Super-Lightweight Contest
Gardener gets the win on points 58-56