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  • Dan Mole - BCB Promotions

Christmas Cracker BcB (2.11.21)

The first of five December festive fight nights under the BCB Promotions banner took place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre last night (Thursday, 2nd December).

Ruthless Ryan Kelly topped in a scheduled six round contest against Bulgarian Iliyan Markov. The Birmingham Middleweight returned from a two year boxing sabbatical in October and once again got valuable ring time under his belt. The John Costello trained fighter is targeting titles in 2022 and looked sharp and ready against a tough opponent in Markov. Kelly picked his shots well and caught Markov with a beautiful body shot at the end of the fourth, doubling the Bulgarian up as he took an 8 count before being saved by the bell. Kelly continued to pour forward in the fifth and dropped Markov twice with stinging shots before referee-for-the-evening Kevin Parker waved off the contest. Birmingham’s Brandon Jones opened the show with a 40-36 victory over Wolverhampton’s Antony Woolery. Light heavyweight Jones, one of three John Costello fighters on the bill, will have learned a lot from the four rounder against the tough and experienced Woolery. Brandon moved to 2-0 with his win.

Wednesbury light heavyweight, Josh Stokes, made a welcome return to the ring after a four year absence. Trained by Richie Ghent, Stokes blew away the ring rust against Spaniard Jonathan Castano who retired on his stool at the end of the second round. Stokes caught his opponent with a huge right hook in that second round which Castano never fully recovered from.

BCB are back in action next Wednesday in Northampton and next Sunday in Wolverhampton. For more details, visit

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