Essex middleweight prospect, Liam Desmond moved up to 5-0 after defeating Chris Jenkinson 8-21-2 on points over six rounds on June 20th at Grays Civic Hall on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.
The 22-year-old from Corringham, Essex commented on the win, “The score was 59-55 but I thought I had won every round. He’s a seasoned pro that’s been in with decent fella’s and it was a big step up for me. It’s a good win for me, it all went to plan, I managed to outbox him and not get too involved.”
The victory completed Desmond’s first six rounder and step up in quality of opponents against a seasoned professional that has been involved in four title fights winning the International Masters middleweight title with a win over Nicky Jenman in February 2013 and the Silver version five months later against Lyndon Newman, both by stoppage.
Ten years his senior, the 32-year-old from Bolton is well into his third year punching for pay as Liam Desmond kicks off just his second year with this latest triumph.
“First round, I just tried to test him out, he was awkward but I got some success with tying him up on the ropes and was doing well with unloading body shots,” explained Desmond. “I had to watch out for his right hands over the top, I knew from watching him that he was dangerous with that shot. He hit hard, probably the hardest hitter I’ve been in with.
‘The Hammer’ completed his induction into the paid ranks successfully with victories over Liam Griffiths 3-37-1 on his pro bow in March last year, Dee Mitchell 9-63-1 four months later in July, Kieran Gray 6-35-1 another four months apart in November, and a fine win over an unbeaten Rob Brown 1-0 in March this year concluded his debut year.
Following the test, Desmond plans to have another six rounder in September with a view to challenge for titles before the end of the year, he clarified, “This year, I definitely want to fight for a title. I’ll do another six rounds next, it wasn’t a high tempo fight, we was just picking our shots but I felt completely comfortable in there.”
The opening fight of the night saw Desmond’s teammate, Darrel ‘The Baptist’ Church 2-1 suffer his first pro loss on a narrow points decision at the hands of Angelo ‘Concrete’ Crowe 3-6 in a four round light-heavyweight contest.
The Tiptree 25-year-old boxer was undoubtedly deflated but has already booked a rematch with the victor in September determined to right the wrong as soon as possible.
Another of Desmond’s teammates tasted defeat for the first time when 34-year-old light heavyweight, Paul Hilz 1-1 lost to County Durham’s 28-year-old, Steve Cooper 3-1 on points scored at 59-58.
Super-featherweight, Martin Hillman from Orpington avenged his loss in March this year with a points win over Michael Stupart 4-25-2 and moved his record up to a better looking 4-2.
Light-heavyweight, Joe Jackson Brown 2-0 doubled his win tally with a points win over journeyman, Jamie Ambler 11-60-2.
Welterweight debutant, George Hennon 1-0 successfully completed his pro bow with a points win over veteran, Matt Seawright 5-115-5 over six rounds.
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