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Danny Ball Shocks them All

Dudley’s Danny Ball upset the odds to be crowned WBC Silver International Welterweight Champion on Saturday evening. The 23 year-old travelled to Mason Cartwright’s backyard and put on a career-best performance to blow his opponent away inside three rounds. Cartwright, in his hometown of Ellesmere Port and backed by a raucous crowd, started brightly. He caught Ball with virtually the final blow of the opening round and enjoyed some success in the second stanza too. However, Ball began to find his rhythm and his stiff jab continually worked on a cut that had appeared above Cartwright’s eye. Ball poured forward and, in the third, wobbled Cartwright and went in for the kill. Referee Mark Lyson rightly stepped in to wave this one off and award Ball the win he richly deserved.

“I’m over the moon,” explained the BCB managed and Richie Ghent trained fighter. “To get the stoppage away from home; it’s a big thing. “Mason was tough. He could dig a bit too so I had to be wary of him but I was able to catch him with the shots we had worked on. I could see they were hurting him. “I saw the cut so worked that with the jab and then hurt him with hooks to the head. I caught up and saw him wobble so I just went in to finish the job. “It’s a massive win for me and takes me to the next level. I’m only 23 and have only been a pro for two years. There’s plenty more to come from me.” Dexter’s Thoughts

I have saw Danny Ball fight on a number of occasions and have always been impressed, I did wonder when I heard he was fighting for the WBC silver welterweight title weather he had reached that level yet. Well I got my answer and it was a very big yes, Danny answered a lot of questions in this fight we already knew he could take a shot after going 10 rounds with Kaisee Benjamin and just missing out on the Midlands title. For the first two rounds Ball had to weather a storm as Cartwright got some eye catching combinations off. Don’t get me wrong Ball got some good shots off of his own and in the third when he saw his opportunity he took Cartwright out like a seasoned pro. This will propel Ball up the rankings and will defiantly lead to bigger fights, I do think there is a bit of unfinished business with Benjamin as there Midlands title fight ended in a draw. Maybe there rematch could be for the WBC silver or even a bigger major title, what Weber Ball chooses to do he made a big statement winning this title away from home.

Cartwright v Ball

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