Connor wins the Challenge in Tolworth

Danny Casius Connor | Luke Jones – Bexhill Film Company

Cassius Connor won the International Challenge belt in Tolworth on Saturday night following a tough contest over eight rounds with visiting Daniel Bazo.

The Czech fighter certainly lay down a challenge to Connor on an occasion where it could easily have been Czech-mate for the new, super lightweight champion.

Connor went into the title fight on the back of four straight successes, one of which came against Ricky Boylan at London’s O2 Arena and, although this was a completely different kettle of fish, he came out the other side with the gold.

Afterwards he said: “It was a tough fight that one, but that’s boxing.”

“I do feel there was some messiness and issues surrounding weight for the contest prior to it with him (Bazo) eventually coming back at 10 7; although that made him bigger than me I think I handled it quite well.

“The problems people may have seen with the performance were of my own doing but I feel as though I won every round and handled what I he threw at me. If the contest was at a lighter weight, which I’m more accustomed to, then things would have been different, more smooth for me.”

Florin Cardos | Luke Jones – Bexhill Film Company

The shock of the night though arrived when previously undefeated Romanian, and WBC Mediterranean champion, Florin Cardos, was stopped by Dutch-based Nigerian, Innocent Anwanyu, who’ll go into challenging for the Dutch flyweight title brimming with confidence.

It was a mixed contest between two completely different, but equally matched fighters for, although Cardos showed early class and composure, he was soon ruffled by Anwanyu’s tactics. After the Nigerian took the wind from his sails the tide most certainly turned and the crowd were not impressed, Cardos having a good following there with him.

Referee Kieran McCann would have little option but to step in after just 46 seconds of the fourth round and stop the contest – Anwanyu showing his delight in style in the centre of the ring, Cardos’ followers showing their disdain amidst a cacophony of boos outside of it.

The other stoppage on the Steve Wraith/Joey Pyle promotion came from the south coast’s unbeaten heavyweight prospect, Nick Webb.

Having stopped five of his opening six opponents, the run was halted by Hari Miles, Webb went to work with ease against visiting Thomas Mrazek, rocking his opponent on several occasions whilst inflicting two counts, the second of which would see McCann call an end to proceedings after 106 seconds of the second round.

Jamie Carley | Luke Jones – Bexhill Film Company

Debutants Adam Barker and Jamie Carley, both of Small Holdings ABC, impressed in their four round contests against Lukas Leskovic and Ali Wyatt respectively, Carley having the tougher of the two but, bar a nick to the left eye, came through unscathed.

Having both impressed as amateurs the two continued that nature into the paid ranks and look to challenge for Area titles sooner rather than later.

Nick Jeman | Luke Jones – Bexhill Film Company

The evening’s other bout would see the Southern Area middleweight champion, Nick Jenman, put in an equally impressive performance against the visiting Czech fighter, Jan Balog.

Not known for his stoppages, admitting himself afterwards that his KO percentage was poor, Jenman put Balog on the canvas in the third and in some style, the connection reverberating round the venue.

The Mid-Sussex fighter though had a game plan to utilise and stuck to it, working through the six rounds and pick up a 60-54 victory.

“Balog was a good, tough opponent who has been around a while so knows what it’s all about,” began Jenman after his success.

“Granted by KO percentage isn’t too good I felt that putting him over (in the third), proved a point. The game plan was to go out there and box, be dominant as I knew he hadn’t been stopped beforehand.

“We’ve been working on my strength and power in the gym whilst sparring some great, unbeaten fighters from around the country.

“Now though, it’s onto the next step. I’ve done the rest so now I want to look at an English or British shot and if others want me then bring something to the table.”

Full results – Nick Jenman TKO2 Thomas Mrazek; Jamie Carley PTS4 Ali Wyatt; Innocent Anwanyu TKO4 Florin Cardos; Adam Barker PTS4 Lukas Leskovic; Nick Jenman PTS6 Jan Balog; Cassius Connor PTS8 Daniel Bazo (International Challenge Belt)

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