Hunt overcomes Unsworth, sets up Pearce return

UKO Boxing 12/07/2015

Stafford’s Rob Hunt set up a rematch with Stourbridge’s Steven Pearce after successfully overcoming Sleaford’s Amir Unsworth at the Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock, on Saturday.

Unsworth came in 2lb 4oz over the championship limit of 10st 7lb, meaning Hunt’s Midlands Area Welterweight Title wasn’t on the line. Regardless, defeat wasn’t an option for the likeable Stafford scrapper.

With an obvious height advantage, Hunt worked off the jab with Unsworth jumping in to shorten the gap. The Sleaford man’s danger shot was the overhand right and he caught Hunt in the second round. Hunt’s legs appeared to stiffen but he recovered well and hit Unsworth with a number of stinging jabs.

Hunt continued to stab Unsworth with spearing jabs in the third and, with just 15 seconds of the round remaining, referee, Terry O’Connor, stepped in to halt proceedings. Hunt had opened a cut above Unsworth’s left eye and had pinned his opponent against the ropes. It was another impressive display from the Stafford boxer which sets up a likely rematch with Pearce.

The pair met back in 2013. The Stourbridge man was successful on that occasion, stopping Hunt with a vicious body shot in the fifth round. Now, with Pearce being made mandatory challenger for the belt he held between March and May 2013, the duo are on a collision course to meet later this year. It’s a fight that Hunt is happy to take.

“I’d fight Pearce again no problem,” he said. “I was boxing his head off last time when he caught me with a good shot. That’s boxing. I’m a better fighter now. I’m in the form of my life and if Pearce is who my manager, Errol Johnson, says I am. To fight; then bring it on.”

Elsewhere in Cannock, Telford’s Tony Jones recorded an impressive first round stoppage against Hereford’s Dean Evans. With manager, Kellie Maloney, watching from ringside the light welterweight dropped his man with a solid left hook and Evans failed to beat the count after just one minute 20 seconds.

Dudley light middleweight, Ryan Aston, returned to winning ways after his Area Title loss to Jason Welborn last month. Tank recorded a shut-out 40-35 points win over Halesowen-based Kevin McAuley, who was deducted a point for attempting to throw his opponent when the pair were at close quarters.

Birmingham featherweight, Sean Davis, was in seventh heaven as he recorded a seventh straight professional victory. The 25 year-old beat Croatian opponent, Antonio Horvatic, 60-54.

Swadlincote’s former amateur star, Zach Parker, made a successful start to life in the paid ranks. The former double national champion put a near punch perfect performance to stop serving soldier, Lewis van Poetsch. Parker’s spiteful uppercuts and jabs bloodied the Gloucester man’s face and referee, Terry O’Connor, stopped the contest after 39 seconds of the fourth round on a deep cut above Van Poetsch’s left eye.

Northampton lightweight, Jamie Spence, outpointed Tamworth veteran, Matt Seawright, 60-55 over six two-minute rounds whilst Gloucester’s Akeem ‘Riddy’ Ennis-Brown recorded a debut win against Reading-based Ibrar Riyaz. The three time Western Counties champion scored a shut-out 40-36 win.

Tipton’s Lee Glover was a late pull out as he begins early preparations for an appearance on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s WBC International and Commonwealth Featherweight title clash with Joel Brunker in Leeds in September. The Tipton Slasher is slated to face Barnsley’s Andy Townend for the English Super Featherweight Title.