Havoc at the H-Suite 23/9/22 BcB
Black Country Boxing Promotions held their latest show at the H-Suite Edgbaston which was called ‘Havoc at the H-Suite’ (23/9/22). The show consisted of five fights with four being over 4, 3-minute rounds, and one over six. Fighting over 4 rounds in the home corner you had debutant Hamza Azeem, James Scarrott, Ryan Whitehead, and Macauley Owen with Ryan Woolridge doing the six-rounder in the main event. Refereeing on the night you had Chris Dean and A star ref Kevin Parker.
First up on the card was debutant Hamza Azeem from Birmingham, the southpaw was taking on veteran Journeyman Paul Cummings in the super Middleweight division. Azeem weighed in 11 stone 12 with Cummings voting in 11 stone 7 with Chris Dean reffing this four-round contest.
Azeem controlled the first round going head and body well winning the round. Good combinations by Azeem in the second round as he moved well around the ring with some nice uppercuts and then going to the body. Cummings started to ask some questions of Azeem as he poured on the pressure with some pressing combinations, Azeem fought back hard but this was Cummings round. Cummings continued to press and pressure and was giving Azeem problems, Azeem hot some good shots off and battled hard but Cummings nicked this round for me.
Referee Chris Dean scored it 39 to 37 Azeem I had it 38 to 38 a draw.
Next on the card, you had the unbeaten James Scarrott who was taking on the tricky southpaw M J Hall in a super Welterweight contest over 4 rounds. Scarrott (18) from Worcester was having his 3rd contest after winning his first two. Both Scarrott and Hall weighed in 10 stone 9 and reffing this four-round contest was A star referee Kevin Parker.
Scarrott picked his shots well in the first against the very cagey Hall winning the round with ease. Scarrott started to let his hands go in the second and got some big shots in, Hall battled back but it was Scarrott’s round. Scarrott continued to control the fight in the third using his jab well and getting off some good shots. Hall had a go in the final round but Scarrott continued to box well and got some nice combinations off.
Kevin Parker scored it 40 to 36 Scarrott I had it the same.
Third, on the card was a light Heavyweight contest between the unbeaten Ryan Whitehead who was taking on debutant Steve Davies. Whitehead (28) from Telford was having his second Pro contest and weighed in just over 12 stone, Davies (30) from Wales came in 12 stone 1, reffing this contest was A star ref Kevin Parker.
A fast start by Whitehead as everything came off a nice fast jab, Davies hardly got a shot off in the first round. Davies got to let his hands go in the second but Whitehead continued his high-tempo boxing banging in some nice combinations to win the round. Davies was finding out that pro boxing is a serious sport as Whitehead picked his shots well and was looking to end it in the third. The end came two minutes 21 seconds of the round as A star referee Kevin Parker stopped the fight.
Whitehead wins in third-round stoppage.
The final four-rounder of the night was the unbeaten southpaw Macauley Owen who would be taking on the tough journeyman Stu Greener in this Welterweight contest. Owen (25) from Telford is unbeaten in 3 contests weighed in 9 stone 10 with Greener (31) coming in just over 10 stone. Referee Chris Dean was in control of this 4 rounder.
Owen controlled the first round from his southpaw jab picking some nice combinations as Greener covered up well. In the second Owen showed some fast hands as he rocked Greeners head back several times with some nice straight-back hands. Great shot picking in the third by Owen who was putting some great combinations together, Greener was trying to press and pressure but Owen moved well and controlled the round. Greener got some good shots off in the final round but Owen was in total control moving well and picking his shots well.
Reffing Chris Dean scored it 40 to 36 I had it the same.
The main event of the night was a six-round contest in the Middleweight division with the unbeaten Ryan Woolridge taking on Dwain Grant. Woolridge (21) from Walsall has won all three of his contest and weighed in 11 stone 3 with Grant (38) from Oldbury coming in 11 stone 5 with Chris Dean reffing.
Woolridge controlled the first round with Grant fighting on the back foot, Woolridge just edged it. Grant got some nice shots in at the start of the second but Woolridge continued to control the fight with some good combinations. Grant got some cracking shots off in the third but Woolridges work rate was just to much for Grant who had to cover up for a lot of the round. Grant again started the fourth round strong but was soon having to court up as Woolridge continued with a high work-rate and good combinations. Grant had his best round of the fight in the fifth as he put some nice combinations together and slipped some good shots, Woolridge battled hard but Grant won this round. Grant continued his good work in the final round and was now pushing a tired Woolridge back, Woolridge battled hard till the final bell but this was Grant’s round.
Ref Chris Dean had it 58 to 56 Woolridge I had it the same.
It’s been a while since I have been to a BcB show and can say this was a very entertaining one with all the home fighters in competitive fights. Hamza Azeem impressed me against a very experienced fighter in Paul Cummings who asked a lot of questions of the debutant. I had the fight even at the end of the four rounds but Cummings will give anyone a problem if he fancies it. Azeem did really well and there is a lot of potential there, I look forward to following his career.
James Scarrott looked really good against M J Hall winning every round in his fight. He is now 3 without defeat and looks like he could be one to watch.
Ryan Whitehead got an impressive stoppage against the debutant Steve Davies, Whitehead started fast and kept that pace right until Ref Kevin Parker stopped the fight in the third. Great performance and great shot picking taking him to four without defeat.
Macauley Owen really impressed me tonight as he took on the tough journeyman Stu Greener in a four-round contest. He showed great skills from his southpaw stance and some of the backhands he landed rocked Greeners head back, Owen is now 4 without defeat and it definitely one to watch.
Great main event with Woolridge and Grant putting on a fantastic performance, Woolridge showed a high-tempo fighting style which won him the first 4 rounds but Grant showed his worth winning the final 2. Woolridge is now 4 without defeat and at 21 is definitely one to watch.
The Birmingham Boxing Column thanks BcB for having us there and look forward to the next one.