Banjo wins British Masters title

Friday night saw championship boxing come to Grays Civic Hall with 2 Birtish Masters titles up for grabs the first being contested by middleweight Lee Markham who took on Harry Matthews over 10 rounds, both fighters fought at pace throughout the contest and Markham had most effect with body shots which he seemed to be able to land at will. Saying that though going into the 10th I had them neck and neck and at the end the fight could have been a draw but the ref saw it 99-92 for Markham making the lad from Essex the new champ.

The second title on the bill saw light-welterweight Tyler Goodjohn up against Dave O’Connor in another 10 rounder. O’Connor started well dropping Goodjohn with a left hand in the opener which the Ely lad came back well from with O’Conner ending the round with a bloody nose. The rest of the fight saw Goodjohn taking control but the tough kid from Devon just kept coming in what was a good small hall scrap. The 6th proved to be the turning point with Goodjohn having his best round so far and going into the 7th Goodjohn was landing at will and by 2.06 of that round ref Mark Green had seen enough and called a halt to the action. Good win by Goodjohn who turned around what could have been an upset and took the title.

Making his pro debut in Grays was London heavyweight AJ Carter who fought tough journeyman Paul Morris over 4 rounds Carter took control from the offer and just kept coming with Morris doing well not to get stopped. The fight went the distance with Carter winning on points 40-36.

Quickest fight of the night was the first of the night which saw Brentwood light-heavyweight Mike Evans in a 4 rounder with Robert Studzinski but with Studzinski cut in the opening seconds and blood going into his left eye the ref had no alternative but to call a halt at just 55 seconds into the bout.

Birmingham light-middleweight Max Maxwell lost on points to the Czech Republic’s Stephan Horvath over 8 rounds I had it pretty close but the ref saw it differently socing the fight 79-73 in favour of Horvath.

Goodwin Promotions cruiserweight Menay Edawrds beat Arturs Kulikauski over 8 rounds winning on points 58-56. The fight was a close fight with Edwards being the most effective, but Kalikauski never looked flustered by what Edwards was throwing at him.

Last but not least the controversial fight of the night was middleweight JM Coyle fighting the IOW Assassin Jay Morris but Morris got disqualified at 1.35 of the 3rd by ref Jeff Hinds after hitting low and getting a point already deducted.

The bill was an entertaining nights boxing and was well attended including Markham, Maxwell and Carter’s fights all being televised live on Eurosport.

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