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The stacked ‘Next Level’ event on September 14 at Mote Park, Maidstone saw a clean sweep for all JE Promotions fighters featuring on the bill.
Topping the bill was fan-favourite, Danny ‘The Real Deal’ Shannon (5-7-1), 28 from Chatham, as he headlined the Maidstone venue for the second time.
Danny delighted the spectators yet again with an exciting, action-packed performance against Bryn Wain (0-28).
Some fighters adopt an alias based on alliteration, such as ‘Dazzling’ Darren, or ‘Magic’ Mike, or 'Superb Saunders, but Bryn ‘The Bruiser’ Wain has earned his moniker outright, and then some.
The 22-year-old Somerset slugger was game and tough, and gave his everything in the fight, all whilst bleeding steadily from his nose.
'Shannon the Cannon' threw everything at the away fighter, who caught a remarkable amount of the shots on his gloves and elbows, that it made the onlookers believe that not even a freight train could’ve stopped the journeyman from advancing forward.
Shannon said, "I hit the man with everything I had for six rounds and would not go down, but I got the win and got the rounds in."
Shannon won on points over six rounds and was presented with a special trophy by promoter Joe Elfidh at the end.
27-year-old super-featherweight prospect, Jack Raines, moved up to 6-0 with a 40-36 points win over Skelmersdale’s Neil Rawlinson (0-2).
Sittingbourne’s Raines was very critical of his first fight in almost 19 months, stating, “Opponent was very, very tough, but I’m very disappointed in my performance tonight.”
Former Repton ABC amateur, Raines, trains at the Boxers Stable in Longfield with coach John Cole. He is looking for another good win to set up a Southern Area title shot soon.
Former England International Luke Gibb (5-1) also got back to the ring after an extended period away, almost a year, due to medicals and licensing issues.
Stylish switch-hitter ‘Gibbo’ really stepped it up in the last round to try to score his first stoppage, but durable opponent Andy ‘Thunder’ Harris (3-73-1), who holds a win over Central Area, English and British lightweight champion Robbie Barrett, hung in to hear the final bell.
Post-fight, Luke said, “I feel absolutely amazing to be back. I felt a bit sloppy in there, to be honest. I want to fight again on Mick Hennessey’s show on 28th September, then I want big shows, I want titles and big events!”
Journeyman Mick Mills (1-12-1), 32 from Gillingham, was unlucky not to win in his first ever fight in the home corner against London-based Italian Victor Edagha (2-63-3).
‘Tricky Mickey’ scored some heavy shots against the 32-year-old Roma-born middleweight and was really looking to end matters in the third round, but referee Lee Cook scored the four-round contest as a draw at 38-38.
In what was the Gillingham fighter’s first appearance in almost three years, he admitted to feeling the ring rust but also praised his awkward opponent.
Zeki Hussein (1-1), 33 from Gillingham, reignited his boxing career with a 40-36 points victory over Margate’s Ricky Leach (3-42-1).
Fighting for the first time since his debut in April 2014, Zeki was a class act in the ring against his stablemate, who really came out with intention in the third round, perhaps unlucky not to get any recognition on the scorecards at all.
Zeki, trained by Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness, has staunch ambitions to win a Southern Area title.
Maidstone’s Jimmy 'El Chapo' Peckham (1-0) opened the show, dressed in Mexican colours on the country’s Independence Day weekend, winning his pro debut with a 40-37 points win over Langold’s Luke Middleton (2-6).
Talented 19-year-old Brooklyn Tilley (1-0) from Rainham came through a tough assignment against Sussex ‘Tiger’ Carl Turney (0-7).
Tilley chose to stand in between rounds and really listened to instruction from his corner, comprising of trainer Lee Page and Sam Latham. With over 50 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fights under his belt, the former Snodland ABC amateur was disciplined and calm, barely taking a breath, but he stepped up the tempo in the last round and was deserving of the debut win.
Promoter Joe Elfidh summarised, “Great event! Really pleased all the lads came away with a win, especially the two new debutants.
“Onto the next show now back at Mote Park on September 28 with Hennessey Sports, going out live on Channel 5.”
Both Jack Raines and Luke Gibb aim to get straight back to business on the Hennessey Sports show headlined by Alex Dilmaghani fighting Francisco Fonseca for the WBA International super-featherweight title on September 28 at Mote Park, live on Channel 5.
Heavyweight debutant Keiron Spice; Ultimate Boxxer finalist Grant Dennis; Southern Area contender Martin Hillman; unbeaten British Challenge belt champion Charlie Shane; and Jack Budge all fight on the undercard of the stacked show.
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