Boxing Connected broke new ground on Friday evening when they staged their first ever show in Yorkshire with the Holiday Inn, Doncaster playing host to a three fight card.
The show which had been sold out for some considerable time and the fact that it was providing local Boxers with the opportunity to fight in their hometown for the first time in their professional careers ensured that as the first bell approached the atmosphere was at fever pitch.
Ryan Stevenson from Armthorpe was the first local lad to climb through the ropes and facing him across the ring was the vastly experienced Geiboord Omier who on his many previous visits to the UK had proved himself to be extremely durable against a long list of quality operators. Stevenson started off like an express train showing an excellent range of punches and use of angles forcing the Spanish based Nicaraguan to retreat and cover up. This pattern continued throughout the following two rounds and when Stevenson returned to his corner at the end of round 3 he was left in no uncertain terms by his trainer Ian Alcock that a step up in the pressure that he had been exerting would see the contest being halted. Stevenson followed these instructions to the letter and it was no surprise that at the end of round 4 the corner of Omier retired their man which resulted in a huge roar from Stevenson’s supporters who had roared their hero on from the first bell and who hopefully in the very near future will see Ryan competing for the BBBofC Central Area Welterweight Championship.
In the second contest Cameron Kaihau who lives only a stone throws from the venue faced off against 230 fight veteran Kevin McCauley from Stourbridge a highly respected warrior who in his near 12 year career had fought a who’s who of Welterweights, Super Welterweights & Middleweights. It proved to be an intriguing contest with McCauley having sporadic success but on the whole he was outworked by the youthful and extremely accurate Kaihau who took his unbeaten record to 4-0 with a 40/36 verdict from Star Class Referee Howard Foster who officiated throughout.
The main event of the evening saw Josh Padley also from Armthorpe take on the toughest opponent of his career in Jordan Ellison of Seaham who only a year previously had upset Sean Dodd a former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion. Padley in a mirror image of his stablemate Ryan Stevenson started off at a lightning pace finding the head and body of his opponent on a consistent basis and which he maintained throughout the six round duration contest to take a 60/54 shutout on the card of referee Foster. It was pleasing to see the crowd appreciate the contribution that Jordan Ellison made to this very enjoyable contest and in the case of Padley it is another step towards potential Area Championship opportunities.
Boxing Connected would like to express its thanks to all those who contributed to making this first event in Yorkshire a success and in particular the Magdalen Sports Bar who very kindly hosted the after show party.
In the coming weeks Boxing Connected have further shows in Maidstone & Nottingham details of which can be found on our social media platforms.
Write up by Richard Vaughan