Boxing Connected broke new ground on Friday, February 21 when they staged their first ever show in Doncaster playing host to a thrilling three fight card at a Holiday Inn that was at maximum capacity.
The sold-out show provided local boxers Josh Padley (4-0); Cameron Kaihau (4-0); and Ryan Stevenson (8-0) with the opportunity to fight in their hometown for the first time in their professional careers.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Josh Padley stepped up against Northern Area title contender Jordan Ellison (11-27-2) over six rounds in the main event.
‘Baby J’ Ellison, 24-years-old from Seaham, had defeated six unbeaten prospects during his five-year career, but 24-year-old Padley, trained by Ian Alcock at the Doncaster Boxing Academy, started off at a lightning pace, which he maintained throughout to win all six rounds of the contest.
Armthorpe’s Padley consistently landed to head and body on Ellison, who is a regular sparring partner to Lewis Ritson.
It was a very enjoyable contest leading to another step towards potential Area Championship opportunities for the unbeaten Padley.
Ryan Stevenson, also from Armthorpe, opened the show against the vastly experienced Nicaraguan Geiboord Omier (4-50-1).
Like Padley, Stevenson too started off like an express train, displaying an excellent punch variety to force the Spanish-based Central American to retreat and cover up.
This theme continued throughout the following two rounds and when Stevenson returned to his corner at the end of round three, he was left in no uncertain terms by his trainer, Ian Alcock, that an increase in pressure would see the contest halted.
The six-foot-tall welterweight followed instructions to the letter and forced the corner of Omier to retire their man at the end of round four.
He hadn’t been stopped in 17 fights before he met Stevenson, who scored his second stoppage win as he moved up to eight fights unbeaten.
The Central Area welterweight title is what 26-year-old Stevenson wants next, and it was vacant until 24 hours later when Doncaster’s Lewis ‘2Smooth’ Booth (1”-0) defeated Tom Young (8-2) 97-94 on points just four miles away at the Doncaster Dome.
A match-up between Stevenson and Booth would make for an excellent title fight.
In the second contest, 26-year-old super-welterweight Cameron Kaihau, who lives only a stone’s throw from the venue, faced off against 230-fight veteran Kevin McCauley (15-204-12) from Stourbridge.
It proved to be an intriguing contest with McCauley having sporadic success to keep the contest interesting, but overall was outworked by the youthful and extremely accurate unbeaten pro, who was a regional amateur champion and ABA Novice finalist.
Trained by his dad at Mexborough ABC, Kaihau extended his unbeaten record to 4-0 with a 40/36 verdict from referee Howard Foster.
Boxing Connected would like to express its thanks to all those who contributed to making this first event in Yorkshire a success and in particular the Magdalen Sports Bar who very kindly hosted the after show party.
Boxing Connected’s next show is on February 29 at Mote Park in Maidstone as two Ultimate Boxxer finalists from the stable co-feature.
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