The Merseyside derby between unbeaten Wayne Adeniyi 10(2)-0-0 and Carl Dilks 18(5)-7(3)-0 lived up to his hype as a small hall classic giving fight fans the treat they all expected.
The Rock Ferry Apostle, Wayne Adeniyi came out of the exciting scrap with a points win and collected the vacant Central Area cruiserweight title in the process.
Wayne Adeniyi is the new Central Area cruiserweight champion after edging an absorbing derby with Carl Dilks – and promoter Steve Wood wants to see it again.
The former sparring partners had the Liverpool Olympia crowd on their feet on Saturday night as they went to and fro in a cracking 10 round dust-up.
Dilks established an early lead before Adeniyi fired back and then the Mersey rivals battled it out in what developed into a small hall classic.
Referee John Latham awarded the contest to Rock Ferry’s Adeniyi with a score of 96-95 but Wood says it was such a closely fought affair that fight fans deserve to see it again.
But Wood, who regularly stages shows in the city, wants to see Dilks and Adeniyi go to war on a bigger stage in 2015.
“I was made up with the fight,” said Wood. “It went the distance, both got hit plenty of times but nobody got hurt and it was a good spectacle for the fans.
“It was just what we wanted at the end of a good show and we are open to it happening again.
“I don’t think either deserved to lose that fight, Carl felt he’d won the fight and wants a rematch, Wayne says he will give him one.
“I know the public would love to see it again but I’d like to put it on a big show for more people to see it. I think a lot of people would come out for that.”
Adeniyi (now 10-0) bridged the gap in experience to Dilks (now 18-7) to claim his first professional title.
And Wood says if a rematch can’t be made then he’d like to see the former Vauxhall Motors ABC amateur defend the Central Area belt before thinking of moving on.
Fight fans were extremely vocal on social media websites following the cracker with many describing the spectacle as a contender for fight of the year.
Fellow professional boxer, Robbie Davis Jr commented on Twitter last night, "What a quality fight really stepped it up a level by beat experienced Dilks. Over the moon for my mate"
VIP Promotions' Simon Clayton also stated on Twitter last night, "Just called my new best fight! Once its on make sure you catch v "
Liverpool lad, Carl Dilks entered into this fight confidently following back-to-back wins and collecting the vacant International Masters cruiserweight title in a clear points victory over Sheffield’s Carl Wild in February this year. Dilks’ previous fight went the full distance of eight rounds and had also been involved in three ten round contests as well as a 12-rounder when he fought for the vacant Commonwealth super middleweight title in December 2009 with tought Ghanaian, Charles Adamu getting the better of him in a split decision vote at London’s York Hall.
His experience in the pro game far outranked opponent, Adeniyi with well over 100 rounds under his belt, whereas Adeniyi could only boast 35 going into this domestic dust-up and was written off by many due to his 14 month hiatus from the square ring.
The Adeniyi-Dilks cracker topped an entertaining bill at the Olympia. Light-middleweight prospect James Metcalf forced the sixth round stoppage of Danny Shannon in the chief support bout.
Adam Ismail got off the floor to defeat Mick Mills on points over four rounds while Southport’s Scott Moonan fell to defeat at the hands of Viktors Drizlionoks.
Light-heavyweight Colin Farricker moved to 3-0 as professional with a points win over Vaidas Balciauskas, Tom Farrell made it two wins from two in the paid ranks with a victory over Danny Donchev while Mason Cartwright went to 2-0 as a pro with a points win over Dee Mitchell.
Ste Brogan, making his pro debut, impressed in out-pointing journeyman Kristian Laight.
Moving up to ten fights unbeaten, Adeniyi is looking towards 2015 for bigger, better stages.
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