Ijaz Ahmed retains Midlands belt, decisions Matt Windle
Ijaz Ahmed made a maiden defence of his Midlands Area Flyweight Title in a Fight if the Year Contender against Matt Windle, at the H Suite, Edgbaston, on Friday evening.
The Area Title was top of the bill on BCB Promotions’ first Second City Show of 2019. The show was sponsored by Alliance Scaffolding, G4 Vehicle Logistics, RS Core, Cimac, GymPro and Rhino Brickwear.
‘Jazzy’ didn’t have it all his own though. It was Windle who proved he really is the Poet With Punch – Windle was once Birmingham’s Poet Laureate – as he sent the Champion tumbling to the canvass in the second round.
After a strong start, Windle caught Ahmed with a flashing left hook which saw the Champion touch the canvass. Clipped rather than shaken; Ahmed quickly recovered and the knockdown seemed to serve as the wake up call he needed.
Ahmed edged the mid and late rounds to record a 97-94 win on referee-for-the-evening Shaun Messer’s Card.
The main event had been delayed by over an hour after a scare for Solihull super welterweight, Jordan Clayton.‘JC’ required hospital treatment following his 57-57 draw with Czech Republic’s Jan Korec after looking out on his feet from the fourth round. Once the final bell tolled, Clayton looked zapped of all energy and required oxygen as he slumped on his stool. Thankfully it was exhaustion and he was given the all clear later that evening.
Fellow Birmingham super welterweight, Mussab Abubaker, dedicated his victory over Hyde’s Dale Arrowsmith to his brother, Abdul Rahman, who was gunned down at a BBQ last year. A boisterous crowd backed their man from first bell to last. Abubaker didn’t let the white hot atmosphere get to him though and put in a disciplined performance to record a routine 40-36 win.
Midlands Area Lightweight Champion, Kane Baker, picked up another ‘W’. The Shadow got the job done with relative ease to pick up a shut out 40-36 victory over Worksop’s Luke Middleton.
Rednall’s Daryl Pearce couldn’t build on his debut win last year as he lost to Worcester’s Michael Mooney.The ‘Mad Man’ picked up a deserved 39-38 win. Ever the aggressor, Mooney can be pleased with his first win since 2014.
Brad ‘Bosh’ Thomas, who drew with Mooney on his debut last year, picked up another draw this time against Hereford’s Dean Evans. Thomas started well but Evans came on strong to secure a 39-39 scoreline stalemate.