Glenn Foot’s sensational seventh round finish of Jason Cook was the highlight of a bill stacked full with North East talent.
Foot had earlier in the fight surprised Cook by using the boxing skills that he proved he had during his success in the amateurs. But when things got heated after a tussle in the fifth, Glenn neglected that somewhat in favour of his usual fighting style.
The result of that was Glenn scoring his second knockdown of the fight (after earlier knocking Cook down in the third with a good hook) with a wonderful right uppercut in the seventh that really shook the Welshmen.
A round earlier Cook had been cut on the right eye after what looked like an accidental head clash but not even promoters Phil Jeffries and Frank Maloney urging Glenn to calm down from outside the ring was going to stop Glenn at this stage.
Cook got up after the seventh round knockdown but Glenn was on top of Cook quickly and at almost the same time the towel came in from Cook’s corner as the referee stepped in to stop it anyway. Official time was 38 seconds of round seven.
Not only is it another stoppage for the former Prizefighter champion that sees his record move to 11 (6) – 0, but it is also adding the name of Cook (a former European and IBO champion) to his record as well.
This impressive victory could very well put the Sunderland man – who looked in fantastic condition – into contention to face the winner of Darren Hamilton and Adil Anwar when they clash for Hamilton’s British title on July 6 in Liverpool.
The main event between Mike Stafford and Birtley’s Jon-Lewis Dickinson for the latter’s British cruiserweight title was a tight and tense affair but because of injuries to both boxers, the entertainment value was somewhat reduced.
As expected Merseysider Stafford came out all guns blazing and looked to get on top of Dickinson.
He’s gone ten rounds only once and never before 12 and so it was expected that he would tire as he did in the later stages but it seemed from early on Stafford was having difficulty with his right arm.
After the fight he revealed that early in the fight he tore his bicep after throwing a punch.
Unfortunately for Dickinson though he couldn’t exploit that injury. As Stafford tired I noted that the Birtley man was in control but not really impressing and he could do with loosening up and throwing more.
Of course I was not aware that Dickinson too was carrying an injury to his pectoral muscle and he revealed after that he almost pulled out all together on Monday.
The show went on though and the risk paid off for the British champion who is now just one defence away from winning the Lonsdale belt outright. Judges scored it unanimously 118 – 112, 118 – 113, 115 – 113 for the champion.
That defence will be against Neil Dawson, 11 (4) – 1 (1), and from Rotherham who the British Board of Boxing Control have made mandatory challenger. Despite Dickisnon’s activity and injury the board have ordered the bout to take place by the end of July.
Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings made a triumphant return home on the undercard in an impressive attacking display against Syrain-born journeyman Yousef Al Hamidi.
Kirk got back to winning ways after the credible Steve Williams defeat, and took every round on the referees card making it 40 – 36.
Kirk showed his class in the fight on more than one occasion and after a big shot in the third he shook Hamidi and was unlucky not to record a stoppage. He moves to 8-1 and the potential is there now for Goodings to be busy at home.
Danny Hughes was the other Wearsider on the bill, returning from over 18 month out.
Hughes was matched against heavy Czech Ladislav Kovarik and won 40-36 in a comfortable but at times frustrating win for ‘Bad News’.
To say Kovarik looked out of shape would be an understatement, but he is certainly not the first Eastern European to look in not too great condition.
Danny ‘Boy’ got off to a great start and on two occasions in the opening round he caught the Czech with big shots that rocked him backwards. He did well to survive and frustrated Hughes throughout by preventing him from throwing combinations.
After the fight Hughes admitted his frustration and conceded that his opponent had done well to spoil his game plan and tie up to stop the second shot coming off.
He was still a comfortable winner though and, like Goodings, he’ll be hoping that his performance will earn him future spots on Jeffries’ bills.
I repeat one phrase every time when discussing Shields prospect Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson and that is “action guaranteed.” That proved the case again at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
Conceding 15 pounds to his opponent Ryan McNichol, Babyface made a brave decision to still box on and was rewarded for his commitment and heart, moving now to 6 (1) -0.
Even before the fight McNichol was somewhat of a risky opponent for Nelson to take on. McNichol had once beaten Nelson’s stablemate David Lake (although Lake would reverse the decision in a rematch) and most recently he proved a tough opponent for the other Mal Gates’ boxer Lee Mould.
Nelson’s heart would be tested even more when he was knocked down early in the first. A knockdown was ruled after a punch was landed but Anthony looked unhappy and that’s justifiable given that he appeared to fall over McNichol’s feet.
He rose though, showing great character to overcome the knockdown though and eventually won 29-27 on the referee’s card.
Hartlepool’s Callum Winton opened the show with a 39-37 victory over Paul Haines. As usual Winton brought down a strong army of followers who never let up from the first bell till the last.
Teeside’s former featherweight Commonwealth champion Paul Truscott returned on the bill with a six rounder. He had to overcome the dirty tactics by his opponent Sandor Racz who was deducted a point in the fourth for a number of low-blows. He showed composure and won every round meaning the card read 60-53.
Fishburn’s Gary Fox was left frustrated after he was unable to get into a fight like he would usually like to because his opponent Jason Carr had a clear height and reach advantage over him.
While Fox was always in control, he never looked happy that he had to box his way to a 40-35 victory rather than trade leather.
Newcastle debutant Chris Bennett drew one round but won the other three on his way to a 40-37 debutant win that delighted both him and his coach Paul Charters.
Bennett worked well from the jab and in the third he attacked the body of ‘Gypsy Boy’ Billy Smith well but it appeared after the fight that he may have damaged his hand during it.
Steve Wraith’s Black And White Fight Night is the next professional show in the North East.
That show is May 18 at O2 Academy Newcastle and the bill is set to feature some top Tyneside talent.
Phil Jeffries’ next show is going to be his annual Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light expected some time in July.