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  • Writer's pictureDexter Hastings

Pride if the Midlands BcB Promotions

Pride of the Midlands BcB Promotions 9/3/19

Black Country Boxing held there show “The Pride of the Midlands” at Walsall town hall (9/3/19). The show consisted of 5 fights with two of then over four three minute rounds, two over six and a female match over four two minute rounds. Headlining the show was former British Middleweight champion Tommy Langford on his first BcB show as the home boxer. Referring on the night was Kevin Parker, Master of ceremonies was Ben Walters and with the stunning ring girl Fiona from Diamond Ring doing the cards the stage was set for a great night of boxing.

Fight 1 Kirstie Bavington v Katarina Vistica 10.4 4x2. 10.4 Welterweight Female Match

Bavington was relentless from the start of the first round, smashing in combinations to the body and head. All Vistica could do is cover up until the end of the round. In the second Bavington came out more steady picking her shots well. Bavington had Vistica down with a nice body shot in the first minute of the round. Vistica got up but is was just a matter of time as Bavington poured on the pressure until Vistica went down again and ref Kevin Parker stopped the fight in 1 minute 27 seconds of the second round.


Bavington wins 2nd round stoppage.

Fight 2 Connor Lee Jones v Ibrar Riyaz 9.13. 4x3. 10.4 Welterweight

Jones picked his shots well and controlled the ring winning the first round with ease. Some lovely movement and shot picking by Jones in the second winning the round with some great combinations and some heavy shots. In the third Jones continued to control the fight with great movement and shot selection with nice tidy boxing. The final round was another where Jones controlled the tempo picking his shots well. Riyaz had a go back but Jones countered well winning the round and the fight.


Dexter – 40-36 Ref - 40-36 Jones wins on points

Fight 3 Connah Walker v Arvydas Trizno 10.13. 6x3. 10.4 Super welterweight

Steady start by Walker putting some nice combinations together to win the round. The second was another steady round by Walker who controlled the ring and picked his shots well. Trizno got some shots off to keep it competitive but it was Walkers round. In the third Walker picked up the pace and banged in some explosive combinations, Trizno went down from a heavy flurry of shots with Kevin Parker counting him out 1 minute 42 seconds into the round.


Walker wins in 3rd round count out

Fight 4 Tyler Denny v Vaidas Balciauskas 12.1. 6x3. 12.2 Light heavyweights

Denny picked his shots well in the first with some nice combinations from his southpaw stance. In the second Denny got some lovely jabs off with some hurtful lead right hooks to Balciauskas head and body. Denny banged in some heavy shots, you had to give Balciauskas credit as he fought back. Round three saw Denny continue his good work banging in some hurtful combinations, Balciauskas continued to fight back but was taking some real heavy shots off the heavy handed Denny.

Denny used his jab well in the fourth but still banged in heavy combinations, Balciauskas kept fighting back to keep it competitive but Denny won the round with ease. Great uppercuts and lovely movement by Denny in the fifth as he banged in some nice combinations, Balciauskas was earning his purse tonight as he absorbed some heavy shots. Denny smashed in combination after combination in the final round and contiuned his high tempo fighting, again respect to Balciauskas as he saw out the final round.


Dexter 60-54 Ref 60-54 Denny wins on points.

Tommy Langford v Baptiste Castegnaro 12.2. 6x3. 12 Light heavyweights

Scrappy start to the first round with both fighters looking to take control, Langford started getting his shots off well in the second part of the round to win it. Langford controlled the second getting his combinations off well, Castegnaro made Langford work hard to win this round. Langford started the third round well getting some good shots off, Castegnaro came back with some good shots of his own which seemed to unsteady Langford. Langford stayed composed in a round of two half’s.

Round four saw Langford again start the round well with some good boxing but Castegnaro drew him into a scrap which suited him, close round with Langford just edging it with his cleaner shots. Langford controlled the fifth round and got some good shots off but Castegnaro contiuned to ask questions, Langford won the round but it was a hard one. The final round was another hard one as Langford was forced to work for this win, some heavy shots by Langford just edged the round.


Dexter – 60 – 55 Ref – 58 – 56 Langford wins on points

Dexter’s Thoughts

Walsall town hall is probably my favourite venue to watch boxing at and what a great night of boxing it was. Langford looked a bit rusty in his return to the ring after his two epic fights against Jason Welborn. He has moved up to super Middleweight and in parts of the fight did look like the slick boxer we know he can be. I did not have him losing a round but a lot of the rounds were close with Castegnaro really making him work for the win. I sure Tommy and his team will analyse the footage of the fight and fix the little things that need fixing and I’m sure he will be looking for titles at his new weight very soon. Tyler Denny put on a great performances tonight, he looked fantastic and his movement and shot selection were on point. I have to give his opponent a lot of credit as he absorbed some heavy, heavy shots. I’m sure Denny will be in title contention again very soon. Connah Walker also put on a great performance with a cracking 3rd round stoppage. He picked his shots well and took his time and when the opportunity came took it. With boxing legend Ricky Hatton in his corner I’m sure the unbeaten fighter has a great career ahead of him. Connor Lee Jones showed some great ring craft and movement as he won on points. His shot selection was great combined with great combinations which made him any easy winner. Kristie Bavington was in impressive form, coming out with an intent to stop her opponent. I was very impressed with how she took her time in the second and laid the traps to drop her opponent and win the fight. Babington has come a long way from that draw in her first fight with this great stoppage. The Birmingham Boxing Column would like to Thank BcB Promotions for having us at there show.

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