write up by by Richard Vaughan
After a gap of 23 years professional boxing returned to the Bedfordshire town of Dunstable on Saturday evening when Joe Elfidh for Boxing Connected with highrize promotions provided an evening of high quality entertainment at the Dunstable Conference Centre.
In front of a capacity crowd road warrior Richard Harrison and Ryan Hibbert opened proceedings with an entertaining four rounder with Harrison taking the spoils with a 40/37 verdict from veteran referee Lee Cook. Special mention must be made of the fact that Hibbert took this fight at very short notice with promoter Joe Elfidh wishing to express his personal thanks to Kieran Farrell for his assistance in ensuring that this contest went ahead.
Next to enter the ring was debutant Ali Malik whose army of fans welcomed his entrance with a cacophony of noise that reverberated around the former Ritz/Union Cinema. This was a contest where Ali and his very capable opponent Jordan Grannum exhibited boxing in his purest form with both Ali and Grannum taking turns to take the initiative prior to Ali stepping up the pace to take a 39/37 verdict from the third man in the ring Lee Every.
Luton lad Josh Gooding now residing in Nottingham and trained by former ABA Champion and European title challenger Errol McDonald was supported in large numbers by the community of Luton many of whom who grew up with Josh as a child and saw him overcome overcame the tricky Victor Edagha by 40/37 on the card of referee Cook.
In the main event of the evening Chris Davies extended his unbeaten record to 13-0 when he decisioned the willing Andy Bishop over six rounds (60/54 from Mr Every) and now sets his sights on hopefully earning a crack at the Southern Area Super Middleweight Championship.
The success of this promotion was down to the sheer hard work of so many people (too many to mention) and bodes well for the future of professional boxing in Dunstable and the surrounding areas with Joe Elfidh set to announce a number of dates for 2020 in the very near future.