- Jon Pegg
Frank Warren brought his Queensberry promotions to the Birmingham arena (30,11,19) in a multi title event called Midlands Mayhem. Myself I was covering a different event but have been give accounts from two different people in the know on there respected fighters bouts. Covering the Black Country Boxing Promotion fighters we had one of the owners and head of media Dan Mole, writing about the two fighters coming out of TOP boxing we had the man himself boxing Manager/ Coach/Guru Mr Jon Pegg. This is what he wrote about his two boxers the very talented Ryan Kelly and the unbeaten River Wilson-Bent.
Well what a busy night Saturday turned out to be with Frank Warren putting on a huge multi title bill in Birmingham. River boxed a very tough lad and impressed everybody who watched taking all four rounds on his first job in a big arena I’m sure they will want to see him again.
Ryan went fearlessly into the lions den against a very good lad in Hamza Sheeraz and although he came up short gave his fans a great night. Even on points going into the 6th round right at the end of a good round Ryan’s concentration slipped for one moment and he got caught and although he got up the pressure afterwards was enough for the ref to call it off. Ryan will be back.
BCB’s report on there boxers went like this Weekend Round-Up
Lennox Clarke and Connor Parker suffered title heart break on Saturday evening. Halesowen’s Clarke lost out on a split decision to Lerrone Richards for the Commonwealth and British Super Middleweight Title. Clarke settler well as he claimed centre of the ring and took the fight to Richards. He kept up a relentless pace throughout with his opponent happy to box on the back foot and pick his shots. Richards has his best spell just after the mid rounds but it was Clarke who came on strong and finished the stronger. Sadly for Clarke Judges Terry O’Connor and Steve Gray somehow scored the contest 116-113 and 117-112 whilst Marcus McDonnell gave it 115-113 in Clarke’s favour. A rematch is surely on the cards.
Connor Parker was stopped in the seventh round of his WBO European Super Lightweight Title tilt by the impressive Sam Maxwell. Parker started nervously but looked to grow into the fight. Maxwell has other ideas though and ran out a worthy winner. Parker will regroup and be back in 2020.
Nathan Heaney impressed on his BT Sport debut as he blew away Nelson Altamirano in five rounds. The Hitman, cheered on by his loyal set of Stoke supporters, caught the Nicaraguan with plenty of spiteful shots before referee Marcus McDonnell had finally seen enough in the fifth.
Well it sounds like it was a jam packed show, with a mix bag of results by the local lads who didn’t seem to get the rub of the green tonight. Gutted for Lennox Clarke as he showed he is definitely at this level losing on a split decision, there definitely needs to be a rematch but I can see Richards team not fancying it as I know Clarke will be even more determined next time. Parker may have been stopped in the seventh round but will learn a lot from this defeat, I am sure he will come back next year stronger and more experienced. Nathan Heaney was in impressive form stopping his opponent in the 5th round, with a massive following I am sure he will be on more big shows in the future. Gutted for Ryan Kelly who was stopped in the seventh round, he was making a great account of himself and then switched off for a second and was caught. The Ruthless one will be back and has proved he can fight at European level and I’m sure a big title will be around his waist soon. River Wilson-Bent kick off the show with a great display of boxing winning every round, he is now 6 without defeat and is definitely one to watch next year. The column would like to thank Jon Jon Pegg and Dan Mole for there reports.