Grant Dennis recovers from knockdown to defeat Jan Balog
The headlining fight on JE Promotions’ sold-out ‘Destruction’ event on June 4th at Mote Park in Maidstone saw Chatham boxer Grant Dennis (6-0) climb off the canvas to lift the International Challenge middleweight belt.
The seven-fight card was the fourth event Kent-based promotional outfit – JE Promotions have staged in the area and the first time in 16 years for a professional boxing show to be held at Mote Park in Maidstone.
The 32-year-old ‘Go-Getter’ had a tough opponent in southpaw Jan Balog (10-29-1), 33-years-old from the Czech Republic.
Dennis was greeted with loud support as he made his extended entrance to the ring in the main event of the evening. The pair looked like a mismatch initially with Dennis cut like a bodybuilder and Balog appearing very fleshy around the middle.
In the opening round, Dennis was a lot sharper and busier than his counterpart but got caught with heavy right hooks from Balog’s awkward southpaw stance and was urged by his corner to keep his hands up.
In the second round, the home fighter walked straight onto another heavy shot from Balog and hit the deck. Straight back up again, Dennis fired back well but with more discipline in defence and caution after the flash knockdown.
In the third, it was Balog’s turn for troubled times as he wobbled under a flush left hook from Dennis, who instinctively went in for the kill, sensing the finish, but the tough opposition weathered the storm.
A well-timed, hard straight right from Dennis sent Balog reeling backwards into the ropes in the fifth round, who responded by defiantly inviting Dennis on, taunting him with his back to the ropes. Dennis replied by unloading an eight straight shot combos down the middle, twice. Balog boldly shook his head at him and survived the round.
The final round saw the away fighter pressing forward but Dennis smartly got on his toes, played it safe, and cruised to his sixth straight win.
Referee Kieran McCann scored the contest at 78-73 to land Dennis the International Challenge middleweight belt to add to his British version that he won against Wayne Reed in November last year.
Destruction was yet another sold-out event for JE Promotions with nearly every seat in the arena occupied.
Headed by former pro Joe Elfidh, he commented, “We’ve got some great sponsors on board now such as Kent Trade Frames and Campbell Nutrition, and we’ve got a good partnership with Invicta Gym and Fight Box Gym so we’ll be looking at putting more shows on in and around Kent in the future.
“Dennis has done two eight-rounders now so I’ll be looking for Southern Area title fights and I’ll put purse bids in so I can stage the fights in Kent.
“We’ll be back in Maidstone again in September-October time.”
Co-headlining the packed show, Dave Jones, a 34-year-old unbeaten heavyweight from Queenborough, moved up 7-0 on his record with a convincing 78-73 points win over the 39-year-old Czechoslovakian Jiri Svacina (12-20) to win the International Challenge heavyweight belt.
There were also wins for Leysdown’s Louis Greene (4-0), Chatham’s Charlie Shane (2-0), Maidstone’s Chris Matthews (4-0) and Orpington’s Martin Hillman (7-2).
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