Sunday 2 June 2013

Hands Of Stone, Nerves Of Steel - Post-Show Report

By Jack Price @PriceyJ97 - @BoxingOpinions1

British promoter Mickey Helliet of Hellraiser Promotions staged yet another action-packed show at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross last night (June 1st). The show featured a mouth-watering domestic clash between Ahmet Patterson and Dale Miles for the British Masters welterweight title and an undercard full of exciting young talent. BoxingOpinions were lucky enough to attend the show and experience the atmosphere with fellow fight fans.

Here is our full report on the show:

Charlie Hoy Vs Valentin Marinov

Unbeaten prospect Charlie Hoy moved to 6-0 and bagged the second KO victory of his career so far. The Cheshunt-based bantamweight started fast and had his over-matched opponent hurt early on. Relentless, but smart and controlled pressure from Hoy caught the eye of the crowd and proved to be too much for his Bulgarian opponent. Marinov was game, but just couldn't match Hoy for speed, strength or skill. After numerous knockdowns the referee decided enough was enough and stopped the fight in the 2nd round.

Craig Whyatt Vs Marvin Campbell

Undefeated 25-year old Craig Whyatt scored the first stoppage victory of his career, halting his opponent in the 2nd round in the second fight of the night. Whyatt, now 5-0, picked his opponent apart with accurate combinations in the 1st round and dropped him with a body shot in the final minute. Campbell managed to rise to his feet and survive to the bell but only to endure even more punishment in round 2. Whyatt, sensing his opponent was hurt, let rip with devastating hooks to the body, but it was actually a shot to the head that finished the fight midway through the 2nd round.

An impressive 2nd round KO victory for Whyatt, who is another top prospect to look out for in the future.

JJ Ojuederie Vs Kristian Kirilov

This light-heavyweight bout saw JJ Ojuederie (14-8, 2 KO's) return after almost 3 years out of the ring against Kristian Kirilov (2-4, 0 KO's) of Bulgaria.

Ojuederie, looking to get his career back on track, seemed comfortable throughout most of the fight but struggled to impress. Kirilov was an awkward opponent that seemed to be able to smother and counteract most of the Brit's work. The Bulgarian was clearly gassing towards the end but Ojuederie was unable to force the stoppage. He seemed happy to box to a less-than impressive 4-round points decision.

Ojuederie took the fight by a deserved score of 40-37 but will need to box at a faster pace and with a little more spite if he wants to start winning titles again in the future.

Sammy Cantwell Vs Norredine Dahou

The loudest fight of the night proved to be the most exciting fight of the night with Sammy Cantwell starting off his pro career in emphatic fashion.

With his dad Mickey in his corner, Cantwell had to work for the victory against an opponent that had clearly come to win. Dahou seemed completely unfazed by the tremendous amount of support that Cantwell had behind him and the fact that he was a massive underdog against a talented youngster. The game Frenchman took everything Cantwell had to throw at him and just kept marching forward. Cantwell, a successful amateur, also showed his heart taking some big shots himself, but landing plenty more of his own.

Cantwell's slick skills and sharp speed proved to be the difference in this one as he boxed his way to a 40-37 points victory in his professional debut. Credit must also be given to Dahou who made this an exciting fight to watch and a great test and learning experience for his young opponent.

Joe McDonald Vs Didier Blanch

Well-supported super-middleweight Joe McDonald was up next taking on Didier Blanch who is yet to score a win in his professional career.

McDonald was always going to be the winner in this fight. Didier Blanch is an elusive fighter - he actually reminded me of a journeyman version of Floyd Mayweather, he is extremely hard to hit, good at making his opponents miss, but does absolutely nothing back. Credit must be given to McDonald who did his very best to make this fight exciting for the fans. He didn't get disheartened from Blanch's "running" and marched him down and kept throwing shots for the entire fight. The 30-year old, now 2-0-1, was rewarded for his effort with a shut-out points decision.

Ahmet Patterson Vs Dale Miles

It was now time for the main event. A mouth-watering domestic welterweight clash between skillful prospect Ahmet Patterson and hard-hitting former-British title challenger Dale Miles. The vacant 147lb British Masters title was on the line.

Patterson, entering this fight with a record of 8-0 with 2 KO's, came out looking to impress in this one. He started fast and took the opener purely on work-rate. Miles started to come on a little stronger in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and these were all rounds that could have gone either way - a pattern that continued throughout most of the fight. Patterson was comfortable in there for most of the time, but you get the feeling that if Miles had of stepped it up, he could have made this a lot closer.

The 28-year old marched Patterson down and took everything the young slickster had to throw at him but just didn't do enough work of his own. Patterson showed remarkable conditioning, throwing with tremendous speed and accuracy throughout the entire fight. He was rewarded for his eye-catching effort with a 98-93 points win given by referee Ian Jon-Lewis. It was a fair scorecard, but doesn't reflect the hard and gritted effort that Miles put up. The man from Derbyshire will no doubt be back in the ring fighting for another title soon.

Patterson should now look onto bigger and better things. It was an impressive performance from him tonight and he managed to look good against an experienced opponent in the toughest test of his career so far. The 25-year old South Londoner is definitely one to look out for in the welterweight division.

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