Markham takes International Masters Gold strap in 5 rounds at York Hall

Lee Markham took just 5 rounds to beat Sam Couzens taking the vacant International Masters Gold middleweight strap last night at London’s York Hall round 1 was a pretty close but active affair for both fighters and round 2 and 3 were real toe to toe action with both guys giving it there all. Round 4 saw Markham start to take control and he rocked Couzens with a big body shot and but the end of the round Couzens was also cut above the left eye. Round 5 saw Markham really putting his stamp on the fight and with Couzens bleeding from the cut eye and under fire the ref had seen enough and waved it off.

The rest of the 15 fight stacked Goodwin card saw a few close ones and a couple of upsets too –

Polish journeyman now based in Wales won only his 3rd fight in 17 beating Kevin Greenwood on points at super-middle over 4 rounds 40-37. The Pole was on top from the off and landed the bigger punches throughout so got a well deserved win.

Upset no.2 saw former footballer Leo Roget lose on his pro debut at cruiserweight 39-38 to another journeyman Mitch Mitchell. For me Roget won the first but from then on Mitchell was landing the bigger shots more often and deseredly got the decision. Roget must now being thinking football was an easier game than life in the pro’s boxing.

Rising heavyweight AJ Carter got his 5th pro win stopping Kreso Bogdanovic in 36 seconds of the 3rd round. Carter won the first 2 rounds but didn’t really get a heavy shot landed on Bogdanovic until the 3rd and then it was a different story.

Another former pro footballer and nephew of former 3 time world champion Duke McKenzie is Leo McKenzie and he like Roget nearly came un stuck scraping a draw against a tough challenger in Darren McKenna. This was McKenzie’s toughest test to date as a pro and for me McKenna deserved to win it but a draw is better than a loss for them both.

2 guys making the pro debuts last night against each other were super-feathers Craig Hardy from Dagenham and Belfast’s Alex Bassa [Always puzzles me why anyone would put 2 debutants in with each other when someone is near enough sure to get a loss on their debut] Bassa looked the snappier boxer in this won and for me won the fight comfortably but the ref saw it differently and made the 4 rounder a draw 38-38.

Popular welter Johnny Garton coasted to victory against Stanislav Nenkov over 6 rounds beating him on points 60-54.

Scotland’s John McCallum beat Sylwester Walczak over 8 rounds on points to take the vacant International Masters Bronze title dropping the Pole in the 4th and getting the nod from the ref 79-73 on his scorecard.

Paul Appleby was unlucky not to get the decision in his 6 rounder with Philip Bowes who for me only got it because of a grandsatnd finish in the 6th which was a toe to toe round. Boews got it 58-57.

Making his debut at York Hall was light-middle John Cash who bought a load of support which him and cruised to at 40-36 victory on points in his 4 rounder with James Conroy.

In a cruiserweight clash we’re dubbing “The Battel of Poland” London based Pole Adam Balski KO’d fellow Pole Jakob Wojcik in 2  rounds to shine on his por debut. Wojcik went down at the end of the 1st for an 8 count and then got whacked over in the 2nd to get stopped at 1.56 of the round.

Light-welter Rakeem Ashaye took just 57 seconds to stop Rihards Inozemvecs in their 4 rounder.

Lightweight George Jupp beat Kristian Dochev over 6 rounds on points 60-55 although on top for the majority of the fight Jupp did take a few of the brave Bulgarian in the middle rounds, so needs to work on tightening that defence if he’s to step up in class.

Popular light-middle Kris Agyei-Dua took the International Masters Silver title in the 4th round stopping Jan Balog in what was a cracking finnih to the bout.

And last but not least Dave Leo beat Ryan McNicol over 4 rounds on points at lightweight 40-37.

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