Nina Bradley wins Commonwealth title: Results from Leicester

RINGSIDE 17/09/2018

Newark punching machine Nina ‘Boom Boom’ Bradley brought another belt back to Carl Greaves’ stable by outpointing Tanzania’s spirited Feriche Mashauri over 10 rounds for the vacant Commonwealth super-lightweight title at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium.

Scores were 97-93 and 99-92 (twice).

Bradley was always on the front foot and had there been an extra minute in the third and seventh rounds, she may well have got the stoppage.

There was disappointment for Earl Shilton southpaw Kyle Haywood after Simon Henry was ruled out of ‘The Battle of Leicester.’

Haywood instead outpointed Zygimantas Butkevicius over six rounds for an eighth straight win.

The Latvian came to fight, but by the middle rounds he appeared to be losing interest and he was docked a point in the fifth for holding.

Lofty Leicester left-hander Callum Blockley delighted his many supporters by outpointing Paul Cummings over four rounds.

Blockley was sharp from the opening bell and looked very impressive when he put his punches together.

Greaves afterwards revealed Blockley will box on Frank Warren’s huge show at Leicester Arena on Saturday, October 6.

Newark light-heavyweight Olly Marple came through a decent test against Raimonds Sneidze.

The 40-36 scoreline doesn’t tell the story of how competitive the fight was.

Both were buzzed in a back-and-forth opening round and though Marple did get on top, Sneidze was always in the fight and landing right hands.

Connor ‘Tiger’ Ireson is now 4-0 after coming through a good test against the game Myles Vale.

Ireson boxed sharply behind his jab to keep Byles at bay and win 40-37.

Burbage cruiserweight Kieran Pitman called for the chance to avenge his loss to Rob Fletcher after blitzing Kevin Williams inside two rounds.

From the outset, Pitman was purposeful behind his double jab and once he landed his right hand, Williams fell apart.

He was down three times in the second round, the final knockdown the result of a classy burst of punches.

Pitman dropped Williams in a heap for the full count with a right hand-right uppercut combination.

There were impressive debuts for both Huthwaite heavyweight Ellis ‘The Machine’ Machin and Bradley Daws.

Greaves had his concerns ahead of Machin’s debut against late sub Jone Volau.

From Fiji and based in the North East, Volau had a 5-2 record that included a KO of an 11-0 prospect in Germany.

Machin crushed him inside two rounds.

The 26 year old bossed the opening round with his jab – steering clear of Volau’s left-hook counters – and produced a quality finish in the second.

Machin stood up Volau in a neutral corner with a right uppercut and slammed a left hook off his jaw.

The pinpoint power punches left Volau out on his feet and the referee jumped in.

Nottingham featherweight Daws turned over with a power puncher’s reputation and was straight down to business against Elvis Guillen in their four threes, setting about the import with body shots and uppercuts.

Guillen went back to his stool on stiff legs after shipping a right uppercut just before the bell.

Daws seemed to settle a bit after shipping a right hand early in the second. He got behind his jab and landed some sharp right-hand counters before going through the gears in the dying stages of the third to have Guillen hanging on at the bell.

Derby’s Sajid Abid did more or less as he pleased with Qasim Hussain in the show opener, winning every session of their four threes.