Acid Test round up

Team Hughes and Team Shannon after a small hall classic
Photo credit Dko imagery
Write up by Richard Vaughan

On Saturday evening (12th October) the Harvey Hadden Sports Village the people of Nottingham and further afield were treated to a feast of high quality boxing entertainment.
Starting the ball rolling was Olly Newham making his return to the prize ring after an absence of six years and facing him across the ring was debutant Dylan Courtney. The contest was fort at a fast pace from the opening bell with both looking to land big bombs and this continued throughout the duration of the 4×3 contest with referee Kevin Parker awarding the contest to Newham by a wafer thin score of 39/38. Special mention must be made of the contribution that Dylan Courtney made to the contest and that fact that he took the contest at very short notice.
It would be very hard for the debutant Conner Short and the very experienced Joe Beeden to match the opening contest however full credit to both lads as they put on an enjoyable contest which saw Short emerge victorious by a scoreline of 40/36.
Regis Sudgen scored the first stoppage victory of his career when he halted Luke Middleton at 2.35 of the third round of a scheduled four rounder.
Ryan “The Punisher” Amos was made to work very hard in his 4 round contest by the 82 fight veteran Chris Jenkinson before prevailing by a margin of 39/37 verdict by referee Kevin Parker who officiated throughout.
Massive ticket seller Joe Hughes took on the Nicaraguan knockout king Jordan Rodriguez following a host of opponents falling through and showed an excellent range of punches along with sublime defensive skills which make him out as one to watch and in taking a 39/37 verdict will learn much from a contest where his opponent never took a backward step.
The chief supporting contest saw the undefeated Kyle “Kanelo” Hughes take on Danny “The Real Deal” Shannon over six rounds with Shannon stating beforehand that he was coming to take the undefeated record of Hughes and not simply to make the numbers up. The six rounds that followed were a credit to both combatants as they went at it hammer and tongs for the whole 18 minute duration with the crowd on their feet as the contest swung one way and then the other before the final bell sounded and Kevin Parker raised the arm of Shannon scoring the contest 59/55. Kyle should feel immensely proud of his contribution to a small hall classic and will come back stronger from this defeat and as for Shannon he hopes to be in the mix for a crack at the Southern Area Middleweight Championship in the near very near future.
In the main event of the evening Chad Sugden improved his record to 11-1 with a eight round decision victory over the veteran Farouk Daku.