Unbeaten Teignmouth-born boxer, Ben ‘The Entertainer’ Day (8-0-1) stopped opponent, Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor (10-6-1) in just two minutes and nine seconds to scoop up the vacant Southern Area super-lightweight title on December 5th at London’s York Hall.
The 37-year-old Devonian absolutely sizzled in what was a highly impressive 129 seconds of boxing action.
From the opening bell, Day radiated confidence, adopting his traditional elusive style with hands held low, avoiding Taylor’s punches with ease whilst scoring stinging shots of his own.
Day dropped Taylor with a well-placed left hook flush to the chin and although he bravely continued, the facial expressions clearly displayed the effects it had and it was all over shortly afterwards.
10 years his junior, Taylor failed to land a single punch on the older opponent and absorbed one too many body shots when caught on the ropes causing the referee to step in and call off the contest.
Post-fight, an ecstatic victor stated, “I can’t believe it, it’s crazy! I could see his shots coming before he even threw them, the shot I caught him with I had been working on in the gym.”
Trained by brothers Frank and Johnny Greaves out of the famous Peacock Gym in Canning Town, this was Taylor’s third crack at the Southern Area crown and now third consecutive loss.
The London gym owner, now unbeaten in nine fights and four years, became trainer Rod Julian’s first Southern Area champion to finish off the year in style for the ever-expanding RJ’s Gym in Essex.
Day has now twice won titles with first round finishes, the first being the International Masters Bronze lightweight strap with a first round KO of Latvian opponent, Ilja Sovdra in March this year with just 1:11 on the clock, also at the York Hall.
“Started boxing at 27, two white collar fights and I turned pro, now I’m 37 and the Southern Area champion, people have got to give me credit now,” said the new Southern Area super-lightweight champion.
Pre-fight, Day mentioned eyeing the English title next, currently held by Joe Hughes who defended his honours on the same night against Ricky Hatton’s protégé, Anthony Upton in Walsall, winning via unanimous decision.
The Goodwin Promotions show titled, ‘Night of War’ featured another Southern Area title clash between heavyweights Dominic Akinlade (5-0-1) and Ali Adams (14-2) which also witnessed a first round knockdown.
Baghdad-born Ali Adams hit the deck in the opening round and looked likely to get stopped in the first half of the 10-round contest but rallied bravely to hear the final bell, losing to Akinlade 96-93 on points.
Follow Ben Day on Twitter @benday32
On Friday, super-welterweight prospect, Lloyd Ellett (18-1) defeated old foe, Faheem Khan (7-7-2) on points in the headlining fight on December 4th at the Camden Centre in London on a Hellraiser Promotions show.
The Brighton boxer known as ‘Lightning Bolt’ took all six rounds in their rematch but suffered a horrific cut due to a clash of heads in the final round that required nine stitches.
Ellett explained, “I could just feel it was open and it was gushing out. I was on the verge of stopping him but he’s seen it and started swinging so I had to get on my toes and move.”
The warring pair met once before back in October 2013 in Brighton which provided Ellett with his first experience of topping a bill in his coastal hometown, treating fans to a fourth round stoppage whilst collecting the first of his three Masters titles in the process.
“I think he was more awkward this time,” reflected the victor. “He definitely came to have a go!
“Obviously he weighed in quite a bit heavier than me at the weigh in and southpaws are awkward anyway and he kept looking for the left uppercut and left hook but didn’t manage to catch me much.”
Khan, 33-years-old from Exeter, provided Ellett, 28-yeard-old, with his first fight back from defeat following his shock sole career loss to two-time Southern Area champion, Ryan Toms on October 2nd in front of his home support in Brighton.
“Happy to get this one in and erase that last memory,” enthused Ellett. “Not 100 per cent yet but I think we might try out at welter, we’ll see how the weight goes in training but still got few more pounds to take off. I can compete at welter and light-middle so wherever the opportunities come up, we’ll take it.”
The three-time Masters champion, managed by Scott Welch, has recently relocated to Brixton to be closer to his place of work – the iBox Gym in Bromley where he trains alongside WBO European welterweight champion Bradley Skeete under the watchful eyes of top trainers Eddie Lamm and Alan Smith.
A former Haringey Box Cup winner, he enjoyed a busy campaign, winning all 16 of his fights in his first three years punching for pay, signed to London promoter Mickey Helliet.
The Lightning Bolt next fights on February 12th in Brighton in what will be his 20th professional contest as he looks towards major title challenges in 2016.
Tickets are available from Lloyd’s official website www.lloydellett.com. Follow Lloyd Ellett on Twitter @lightningbolt07