Festive Friday Fight Night!
It's December 18 and there's a cracking British light-heavyweight title fight to end the year with, as defending champion Shakan Pitters and challenger Craig Richards clash on the Hennessy Sports show, behind closed doors, at the Fly By Nite TV studio in Redditch. Chief support features the eagerly awaited Midlands Area Middleweight Title between Coventry’s River Bent and Burntwood’s Troy Coleman.
The coverage begins on the SecondsOut YouTube Channel at 7:15pm (since delayed until 8pm), followed by the main event at 10:30pm exclusively LIVE and FREE on Channel 5 in the UK.
BBN are providing LIVE updates, round-by-round, as it happens, right here:
8pm - 10pm
Sammy Cantwell vs Stephen Jackson
6x3 Super-flyweight contest
Cantwell suffers shock loss after two years out the ring
Welling's Sammy Cantwell gave fight fans a great spectacle to kick the show off with. Debutant Stephen Jackson,with retired journeyman Curtis Gargano in his corner, really gave his all in his pro bow.
He was lively and took a few but also landed a few in return. Cantwell was on the front foot, pressing, but Jackson was always scoring shots in the exchanges.
In round four, Cantwell came on strong and landed some big body shots.
There was a bit of roughhousing in the fifth as Jackson pushed Cantwell's head back with his forearm, and he was warned by referee Grey. Jackson was overreaching and took a slip after missing wildly.
In the sixth round, Jackson landed some big blows and Cantwell was shaken backwards on unsteady legs and was subsequently stopped within minutes of the fight ending. Jackson saw his window of opportunity and pounced on his chance like an experienced pro to force the stoppage.
River Wilson-Bent vs Troy Coleman
10x3 Midlands Area middleweight title
Bent KO’s Coleman to claim Midlands crown
'The Hawk' landed the best punch of the round with a overhand right in the final minute. River was busier, but Coleman scored the heavier damage.
River was boxing smarter in the second segment, on his jab, moving his head. However, Coleman landed a lovely uppercut on the last minute mark. Good round for Wilson-Bent, sharp and clever with his work, landing some lovely one-twos.
In round three, excitement ensued as Wilson-Bent scored an exceptional overhand right that0 floored Coleman heavily. The 25-year-old rose to his feet but was too unsteady to continue.
River Wilson-Bent moved up to 8-0 and won the vacant Midlands Area title, to add his name to the list that features the first ever winner - Dick Turpin (1939), who went on to win British and Commonwealth honours.
10:30pm - 12am
Shakan Pitters vs Craig Richards
12x3 British light-heavyweight title
Richards takes British title from Pitters
Pitters started the fight well, controlling with his long jab and keeping Crystal Palace’s Richards at a distance, but in the fourth round Richards landed a big right that rocked Pitters and followed that with a right hook that floored the Birmingham man. Getting up at three, Pitters went on the move with Richards moving in to try and find a shot to finish him off, but he survived the round. Re-establishing himself, Pitters then got back to work in the fifth.
Round eight and Pitters is flicking out his jab but Richards' movement is sublime, although he eats a couple towards the end of the round
Richards is on the front foot in the ninth. A right hand troubles Pitters on the ropes and after a few follow up flurries, culminating in a left hook flush to the chin, Pitters is down! As he rises on unsteady legs, the referee rightfully waves off the fight.
Richards promised it would end in a knockout and he was right!
Top talents Virgo and McKenna continue unbeaten records, McGinty opens pro account with a thriller
Stephen McKenna vs Des Newton
6x3 Super-lightweight contest
Stephen McKenna continued his trail of destruction with a third round stoppage of 'The DEStroyer' to make it seven wins with seven KOs for the 'Hitman'.
Brett McGinty vs Jan Ardon
6x3 Middleweight contest
Trained by Ricky Hatton, debutant Brett McGinty won his pro bow 58-56 on points.
Idris Virgo vs Kearon Thomas
6x3 Super-middleweight contest
27-year-old 'Bodybreaker' Idris Virgo won his 10th pro contest on points.