Andrew Selby overcomes first round knockdown Yesner Talavera

Andrew Selby overcomes first round knockdown to win on points

Published On Saturday, September 28, 2019By Tim Rickson

Lee Selby wins on points in Newcastle despite early scare

There was a nervy win for flyweight superstar Andrew Selby (13-1. 7 KOs), who made it two wins in two weeks by overcoming Fadhili Majiha in Newcastle over eight rounds.

Selby said: “I’d give myself 5/10. It’s back to the drawing board, we’ll have a week off and then I’m off to MTK Marbella.

“It will be enjoyable training and I’ll work on my defence. I won a close fight, and I know that me and my trainer will be up for a while talking about that fight.”

Local favourite Joe Laws (7-0, 4 KOs) also ensured it was another memorable night as he defeated Danny Little, while heavyweight Simon Vallily (16-2-1, 7 KOs) stopped Erik Nazaryan.

Unbeaten trio Chad Ellis, Darren Reay, and Adam Gair all picked up dominant victories too as they look to go from strength to strength in their respective professional careers.

Here’s all you need to know from a brilliant night of action:


THOMAS PATRICK WARD bt Yesner Talavera PTS10

Thomas Patrick Ward moved closer to a well deserved world title shot with a dominant performance in Newcastle.

Unbeaten Ward (28-0, 4 KOs) was impressive throughout as he won every round on his way to defeating Yesner Talavera and extending his superb winning streak in front of a passionate crowd.

Ward said: “It was a good 10 rounder against a tough opponent and things went well, so now it’s onto the next. The crowd was fantastic and they made a lot of noise.

“It’s always nice to fight close to home and this is another step closer to a world title. I’m ready to fight anybody and we’ll keep pushing towards the big fights.”


JOE LAWS bt Danny Little TKO5

Joseph Laws ends the show in style with an impressive stoppage over Danny Little.

Laws said: “I was pleased with the first fourth and fifth, but in the second and third I seemed to switch off a bit, but I stay stayed disciplined in there.

“I knew the shot would come, and when it came I took him out. I boxed and got the win and was exciting, I was the full package.”


SIMON VALLILY bt Erik Nazaryan RTD4

Simon Vallily forced his tough opponent to retire after four rounds.

Vallily said: “I’m enjoying it a lot more at heavyweight. My strength has always been there and I’ve got my head in the game. I want anybody in the top 10 at domestic level.

“I want a good domestic name before the end of the year. The English title has been mentioned and that would be great, but we’ll just see what is next.”


CHAD ELLIS bt Dale Arrowsmith PTS6

Chad Ellis made it eight wins from eight as he comfortably defeated Dale Arrowsmith.

Ellis said: “I was happy with how things went and it was good to get six rounds under my belt, especially after my wedding in the summer.

“I caught him with a few good shots and he kept on holding, but I was pleased with the win. It’s been a great eight weeks camp and I enjoyed getting back in there. I’ll keep active now, and hopefully get out before the year is out.”


ADAM GAIR bt Elvis Dube PTS4

Adam Gair continued the perfect start to his pro career with a comfortable win.

Gair said: “I got the rounds in and didn’t get hit much so that’s always great. I felt I could have maybe stopped him, but the rounds will benefit me more than blasting him out of there.

“I’m excited to be a part of this North East scene as boxing up here is going from strength to strength, both in the amateurs and professionals. It was another brilliant atmosphere in the arena.”


DARREN REAY bt Oscar Amador PTS4

Darren Reay extended his unbeaten record with an impressive points win over Oscar Amador.

Reay said: “I was quite pleased with the performance. I had an opponent who came to win and that’s what I want. He’s been in there with the likes of Jack Catterall, and he’s on the verge of fighting for a world title.

“I’m hoping to get out again before the end of the year. There is the Northern Area title that I would love to box for. I want to step up to 10 rounds in the near future, so if I can fight for that title then that would be great.”


There were also wins for Steve Robinson, Tom Hill, Terry Wilkinson, Basi Razaq and Alex Farrell to cap off a fantastic #MTKFightNight in Newcastle.

Next week sees the groundbreaking #GoldenContract tournament take place, as eight of the world’s best featherweight compete at York Hall on October 4, with Ryan Walsh, David Oliver Joyce, Tyrone McCullagh, Jazza Dickens, Leigh Wood, Hairon Socarras, Carlos Araujo and Carlos Ramos in action.