CANNOCK businessman Scott Murray has plans to make his Bar Sports venue “the home of Midlands amateur boxing,” reports Matt Bozeat. Murray, who twice beat 1998 ABA super-heavyweight finalist Dean Redmond in his 108-bout amateur career, has offered his club as a venue for local clubs and hopes to stage 20 shows throughout the season. In addition, Murray, whose three teenage sons box for Pleck ABC, is bringing three England internationals to the Staffordshire town by the end of the year.
In the first, Wales beat England 8-7 in front of a good-sized crowd on a Sunday afternoon. The match was decided by the 15th and final contest, a unanimous points win for seasoned international Helen Jones over Alexandra Richards, making her England debut at the age of 27 in the only senior bout of a well-matched show that produced seven split verdicts.
Fast-fisted Jones pumped out quality combinations down and up to win the opening two rounds without ever discouraging Richards and midway through the last, the English woman had her best moment.
She crashed a right hand off Jones’s jaw that made her hold. Jones got on the back foot until the final bell.
Luke Rodda had got England off to a winning start, boxing beautifully at times in the first and third rounds to outpoint Codey Jones, before Wales won the next five matches.