Kiwior and Smith battle to draw on BCB ‘No Love Lost’ bill
Damian Kiwior and Wes Smith played out an entertaining draw at the top of BCB Promotions’ ‘No Love Lost’ card at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday evening (16th February).
Poland’s Kiwior (now 4-1-1), coming off a first career defeat, faced Launceston’s undefeated Smith (now 3-0-2) at the top of the stacked bill.
It was Smith who started off brightest, taking the fight to Kiwior and landing with relative ease. As the fight worse on, the Pole established centre of the ring and edged the middle rounds before Smith came on strong towards the end. Both camps could make an argument for nicking the fight but, in the end, few could argue that neither fighter deserved to lose in what was an entertaining six round affair.
Elsewhere on the card, Telford’s Liam Davies (now 2-0) impressed once more with a four round schooling against Bulgaria’s Stefan Slavchev. The 22 super bantamweight dropped his opponent and totally dominated to cruise to a 40-34 win.
Burntwood’s Dani Hodges picked up her third straight win to take her record to 3-1 with a deserved 40-36 win over Slavchev’s stablemate, Bulgaria’s Rozmari Silyanova. The Pocket Rocket lived up to her nickname with an intense and front foot performance.
Kingswinford’s Danny Ball warmed up for his imminent Midlands Area Title shot with a routine four round victory over the ever-durable Jordan Grannum. Ball worked his way through the gears in what was his first fight since October. Now 8-0, the 22 year-old has Birmingham’s Kaisee Benjamin firmly in his sights for that Welterweight Crown. An announcement will be made shortly.
Andrew ‘D’Animal’ Robinson warmed up for his date with Poland’s undefeated Damian Jonak with a convincing victory over Darryl Sharp. Robinson travels to Poland in April to take on Jonak – 41-0-1 – after twice seeing the fight fall through in 2018, the second on the scales when Jonak pulled out with a hand injury.
Ricky Hatton trained Irishman, Chris Blaney, returned to the ring after almost a year on the sidelines to defeat Latvia’s Raimonds Sniedze. Blaney (11-1) showed no signs that eye injury, which had caused his lay off, was causing him any issues as he picked up a 40-38 win. Sniedze, to his credit, caused the ‘Ginja Ninja’ a few problems.
Swadlincote’s Ross Hollis made it a hat-trick of wins with a comfortable 40-36 victory over Scott Hillman. ‘The Boss’ is back in action in Stoke in April and blew away a few cob-webs against his Eastbourne-based opponent.
Hometown fighter, Levi Ferguson, completed the nights boxing with a good six rounds under his belt against road warrior, Kevin McCauley. The former Pleck ABC Star moved to 4-0.