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  • Writer's pictureDexter Hastings

Playing With Fire Show Review

Showdown Entertainment

Plying With Fire

The 2nd of December saw Showdown Entertainment hosted there Christmas show “Playing With Fire” at Pryzm night club Board street. I was at the show but was a bit busy reffing and preparing for my own fight for a senior title.

The Birmingham Boxing Column has compiled the results from the night and and some of the key moments of the fights.

Fight 1

3 x 2

Mason Cadmen v Payman Smith

2nd knockout

Cadmen Wins

Fight 2

3 x 2

Scott Clark v Lee Gordon

2nd round Knockout

Clark wins

Fight 3

3 x 2

Stuart Taylor v Sam Carser

Points win


Fight 4

3 x 2

Jamie Alder v Ross Jordan

1st Round Knockout

Alder Wins

Fight 5

3 x 2

Taurus Zaman v Micky Carpenter

Zaman wins on points

Zaman slightly out worked Carpenter, Carpenter went threw the motions and kept himself safe.

Fight 6

3 x 2

Nathaniel Macintosh v Josh Taylor

Macintosh wins on points

Macintosh had to deal with a boxer who had came to service, Taylor made it very hard for Macintosh to ply his skills by going with his head, holding and grabbing at every opportunity. He was warned several time for this and had multiple points deducted. Taylor was also put down by a good shot from Macintosh.

This fight was a very good learning curve for the skillful Macintosh as he was stopped from showing his skills.

Fight 7

4 x 2


Super Middleweight title

Ricky Grimshaw v Jamie Gelder

Grimshaw wins points

Grimshaw retained his title against late replacement Gelder as Kyle Unett did not turn up for the show.

Fight 8

4 x 2


Lightweight title

Nico Ogbeide v Adams Muhammad

Nico retained retained his Showdown title and won Muhammad Saxon title to become a 3 time champion.

I asked Nico for a comment on the fight and a potential rematch, Nico said “it was a good fight for me because I had to graft for the win. This time it wasn’t all plain sailing and I think showed a lot of people I can dig deep and grind out a win if i have too and can also take a good shot. It was a rematch against a lad I had previously lost too, when I took a fight with him at short notice so I knew exactly what I needed to do to get the win this time round and went and done it. That was only my 9th boxing fight and I'm a 3 time champion now so just wanna keep getting the rounds in next year and now I’ve gotta get another title to catch up with you, but yeah I will get that next year and keep getting more experience and just taking it slow for now. I’ve said before id love to become a professional boxer in the future as I love the sport and so many recognizable people are telling me I’ve got the talent too, so thats what I plan to do after some more experience”.

Fight 9

3 x 2

Brad Thomas v Darrell Hughes

Thomas wins 2nd round Knockout

Fight 10

4 x 2


Senior heavyweight title

Dexter Hastings v Malcolm Stowe

Stowe came out strong at the start of the first round with some of his signature lefts and rights, Hastings moved away well and caught Stowe with some good jabs and right hands. Stowe seemed half a second behind Hastings threw out the 4 rounds where Hastings moved around the ring slipping shots and really seemed to be enjoying the fight.


Hastings wins

40 – 36

Hastings 4 times 2 weight champion.

Statement from Dexter

“I would just like to say that when I agreed to fight Malcolm for the 4 time I knew I had to train hard, I was facing my Demons a man who had stopped me in our last Encounter in under 45 seconds of the first round. I had a great 8 week training camp and was ready from what ever Malcolm threw at me and that's what I did. I have nothing but respect for Malcolm, he is a legend in unlicensed boxing and will remain that way and I am glad to call him a friend. It is now 2 fights a peace and it will remain that way as I am now retiring from the noble art at the age of 45 and concentrating on the column”

Fight 11

Main event

4 x 2

Shaun Duffy v Dan Podmore

Showdown Heavyweight title

In a hard fought fight, where both fighters went to war Shaun Duffy managed to pull it out of the bag by taking the last round with the cleaner shots.

I talked to both fighters after the dust had settled to see how they felt they done in the fight and a possible rematch.

This is what Duffy said “Firstly a huge congrats to showdown for making this the best show around by far, the people and the atmosphere made for a cracking night.

I knew I was going in to the ring running at around 70 percent fit but I honestly felt fit enough to fight .

I started having problems in the first round with my breathing..

There was a couple of times where I had Dan up the ropes and released a flurry of punches but I knew his guard and head movement was good so I had to pull away to ensure I didn’t blow out.

In the first I caught Dan with a real nasty body shot. I saw him throw his hands down which showed he was hurt, Which enabled me to land a naughty right uppercut .

To be fair to Dan I landed some real heavy punches which stunned him and I was very surprised to see him still looking at me.

Dan caught me with a over hand right in the first where I nodded and we both smiled to acknowledge but other than that I wasn’t being stunned or shook, but he did a great job of putting the pressure on.

I thought it was a great fight but I think the ring size was defiantly in Dan’s favor It was very small and helped Dan close the ring down

During the fight I thought I was landing the cleanest shots an counters, but I thought it was the fitness in round four which won the decision. Dan got tired which enabled me to pick my shots more and punish the exposed body.

I am happy for a rematch as soon as I’m well .

Any fighter deserves a rematch in a fight so close .

I watched the fight and for me . A rematch would be great as I exposed Dan’s weakness to the body and I will work on exploiting it next time

I let my self down with my fitness and made silly mistakes by dropping guard and loosing discipline

This made me fight a fight that I didn’t want to get in to.

Lets hope for a bigger ring next time and my health If I can train and fight for 6 months with my illness, imagine where i could be when its gone .

Dan view on the was this “I'm not going to take anything away from Shaun for the win

because he worked hard and battled on till the end, I was impressed with his Range and his combinations but was shocked at the lack of power. I don't want to sound like I’m making excuses but I feel like I've lost the motivation and the passion to train because as you well know I fought every week for the month prior to this fight and didn't really train in that month. At the end of the day that is what won Shaun that Fight if it wasn't for the last round which I basically give to him, I think I would win that fight 9 times Outta 10. You can tell I was hurting him if I would have landed cleaner I think the Fight would a went a totally different way as far as cardio I am disappointed because I should have took it more seriously so I think I need to make up my mind whether I want to try to be successful and win my fights and clear up the division or just be in it for the money and be a journeyman. I've already asked for the rematch I think I want to train harder for this one and right my wrongs this time I'll be coming to destroy not just to win I've got the up most respect for Shaun but next time I will be different”.

Dexter’s Thoughts

Playing with Fire saw a great night of boxing with 4 tittles contested, the boxing levels on Showdown are very high now and they have some very talented fighters on there shows.

Macintosh caught the eye he is a very slick boxer, and had a big learning curve tonight in fighting a boxer who was there just to survive and disrupt his rhyme.Nathaniel

Well done to Ricky Grimshaw for retaining his title and to Nico Ogbeide for retaining his showdown title and winning another one in hotly contested rematch. If these 2 fighters do get it on again the Birmingham Boxing Column would be happy to put the bbcolumn Lightweight Challenge belt on the line.

As for my fight against Stowe, I have said it all really, I faced my demons and beat a legend in unlicensed boxing. I have 4 belts to my name and I'm happy with what I have achieved in my unlicensed career and want to concentrate on making the Birmingham Boxing Column the number 1 site in Brum for boxing.

The Duffy v Podmore fight saw Duffy get sucked into a toe to toe fight with Podmore. This suited Podmore and as both acknowledge it was that last round that got Duffy the nodded. This is another fight the column would be happy to sanction for a Bbcolumn heavyweight Challenge belt.

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