Daily Sport reports from the latest Hellraiser Boxing promotion

When you think of value for money, high octane small hall boxing, Mickey Helliet never fails to deliver.

 

First up on the six fight bill was bantamweight banger, Brad Watson. The Guernsey lad managed to extend his unbeaten record to 9-0 against Valentin Marinov from Bulgaria, but it was not a foregone conclusion as Marinov certainly showed that he came to fight, making it as far as the sixth round. The first five rounds Brad spent working behind a confident rangey jab, working through the gears and making Marinov miss at will. By the sixth round, Watson was able to unload some heavy artillery and after three knockdowns, the referee had seen enough to convince him that it was in the best interests of the Bulgarian to stop the fight before the final bell.

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The next fight between Charlie Hoy and Stefan Slavachev from Bulgaria will certainly stick (or was is sick) in the minds of the spectators for a while to come. The 5ft 1 inch Cheshunt charmer never fails to impress in the ring. From the very first bell Charlie was landing bombs at close range. Stefan only managed to land one punch of any note the in the first round and that one punch left Charlie with a slight swelling around the eye – but certainly nothing of any concern. After having great success with continuous straight right hands, one of which put Stefan on his shorts in the third, Charlie unloaded with a nonstops rapid fire assault in the fourth, forcing the referee to step in and call a halt to the contest midway through the round. The drama did not finish there unfortunately – whilst Stefan was standing in his corner recovering from the onslaught, he vomited what looked like his last month of meals. The referee politely gestured him to receive medical attention outside of the ring (whilst holding his own nose), leaving the unenviable task of cleaning up the remains to an unwilling member of staff. Well done Charlie – 8-0.

 

It was great to see one of the nicest guys in boxing back in the ring. Dan Woodgate is the template of how a boxer should act inside and outside of the ring. He’s a throwback to the days of Marciano, when they applaud their opponent when they are being introduced and always has time to speak to fans outside of the ropes. However – when that bell rings, he turns into a hard hitting machine. Fighting at cruiserweight against Stanislavs Makarenko, Dan floored Stan within the first minute with a beautifully timed left hook. Although Stan was game, Dan continued to dominate the full four rounds getting some valuable rounds in the bank. Look forward to seeing you out again soon Dan.

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Next up was Michael Lobb, fighting on his debut against journeyman Elvis Dube. One thing I have to say about Dube is that he always comes to fight – always. His style is awkward and he rarely gets stopped. Lobb had a task on his hands here, but that didn’t become evident until the third round. Up to that point, Lobb was able to keep Elvis at bay with a confident jab, using the ring space well and moving off at angles as Elvis continued to hunt him. The plan was working well until Elvis, in the third round, caught Lobb with some clubbing hooks the head with both hands, which in all honesty could have seen the fight called off in the eyes of some referees. Managing to hold on through the balance of the round, Lobb kept Elvis at range in the fourth and edged the contest 39-38 giving him his first win in the pro ranks.

 

The penultimate fight featured Southern Area middleweight champion, Elliot Mathews against Ruslan Pojonisevs from Latvia. For those of you familiar with Elliot, you might remember he took part in the best small hall show I’ve seen in years against Gary Boulden in September last year. He always comes immaculately prepared and his work rate is second to none. Controlling the fight behind his nonstop southpaw jab, Mathews inevitably won a heavy points win over the eight round distance. Ruslan came to fight and left his mark, well, a few marks actually, on Elliot’s face, but the winner was never in doubt.

 

The headliner for the evening was Craig Whyatt against Jamie Speight for the vacant Southern Area featherweight title. The earlier rounds plain and simply were Craig’s. His work rate was more imposing and there was a level of aggression which was eye catching and on many occasions very accurate. Speight however had other plans for how the evening was to unfold. By the sixth round I had it three rounds a piece with both fighters strategies having demonstrated success. Whyatt with a frequent jab and two, three and four punch combinations, and Speight with hard hitting counter shots, thrown with great timing. The seventh round was the turning point. Speight caught Craig with a crunching left hook to the body and in all honesty many other fighters would have stayed down. Craig Whyatt is not any other fighter though. Wincing from the blow, he took the eight count and managed to make it throw the round, albeit receiving some heavy shots from Speight from all directions. In my opinion, Craig was not able to fully recover from the shot, and his trainer Adam Martin made the sensible decision of throwing in the towel in the 8th.

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Speight was extremely respectful of Whyatt’s fans, applauding Whyatt in front of him, embracing him and then applauding Whyatt’s fans. Congratulations Jamie, now 13-6 and the new Southern Area champ. Craig – this was only your ninth fight and you challenged for a title. Regroup with Adam and I have no doubt a belt will be in your cabinet in the not too distant future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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