North Notts Arena in Worksop played host to a six-fight card promoted by Joe Elfidh on March 10 that saw all home fighters notch up another win in their respective rising careers.
Top prospects Kyle Fox and Omari Grant both moved up to 5-0; Hassan Ahmed put in a shift to make it to 8-0; Sonny Price doubled his win ratio to 2-0; welterweight Jordan McLoughlin improved to 3-1; and debutant Jack Hutsby got his paid career off the mark to go 1-0.
Super-welterweight star Kyle Fox moved up to five fights unbeaten as the 24-year-old from Armthorpe headlined the JE Promotions’ event on the 69th day of the year.
The former Yorkshire amateur boxing champion conquered a Belarusian lightweight titlist, Andrei Hramyka (10-25-4), 40-37 on points.
His 26-year-old travelling opponent from Minsk was a risky fight for Fox, having knocked out nine of his 10 victims – eight of those coming in the first round – and winning the national title in his 13th fight via another first round stoppage.
It could have been a messy fight, but Fox gave himself space and kept it long, and once he found his range in the second round, it was a one-sided affair from thereon. The home fighter landed his punches cleanly, especially the rear uppercut, which found its target often.
Fox commented post-fight, “I’m looking to keep getting more wins on the record and more rounds in under my belt. Basically, just trying to work my way towards a shot at the Central Area title this year.”
Sheffield’s Hassan “Hurricane” Ahmed (8-0), 25, was made to work by opponent Jules “The Wasp” Phillips (2-14), 23 from Islington, who came into the fight having beaten JE Promotions’ unbeaten Chris Matthews (8-1) last month in Maidstone.
The Yemeni-born super-bantamweight, who trains at the Lower Manor Boxing Club, was forced to put in workmanlike performance against the Londoner, and didn’t thrill the crowds or overexert himself, but was always in control of the contest.
Post-event, he revealed he wasn’t feeling 100 per cent, “To say I was ill and still boxed and won every round on points, I’m glad with my performance. I want to thank everyone who came to support me.”
Lincoln welterweight Jordan McLoughlin (3-1) made it look easy as he downed Andy “Thunder” Harris (3-57-1) with a body shot in the opening round, making it the 26-year-old’s second stoppage win via a body shot.
“The Praying Mantis” Omari Grant (5-0) was involved in a bloody encounter with with Naheem Chaudry (0-13), who was leaking heavily from the nose.
The 28-year-old super-lightweight from Radford remained unbeaten, winning all four rounds against the bloodied 22-year-old travelling opponent from Blackburn.
Sonny Boy Price (2-0) doubled his win tally with a comfortable points win against 40-year-old Syrian veteran, Youssef Al Hamidi (14-118-3).
The seven-time Yorkshire amateur champion dictated the fight from middle of the ring with fast combinations and skillful footwork. The 21-year-old super-lightweight from Sheffield is a skilled back foot boxer and counter-puncher.
Debutant Jack Hutsby (1-0) was involved in an exciting battle with brave super-middleweight Callum Ide (0-12). The better shot selection and overall skill was evident from the home fighter Hutsby’s amateur pedigree, who won 40-37 on points to kick off his pro boxing career.
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