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Former amateur champ Chez Nihell takes first stoppage win as a pro

Chez Nihell goes 2-0 while David Birmingham wins farewell fight. Will Hale reports from ringside
Chez Nihell
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Southsea • July 5

PORTSMOUTH’s David Birmingham convincingly won his farewell fight atop an Atlantic Promotions card on the South Pier as he bested Kingsteignton’s Jamie Speight by 58-56 over six-threes on referee Chas Coakley’s card.

Birmingham showed an excellent engine and workrate for a 38-year-old. He managed to negate his height disadvantage and get into range well to launch sharp aggressive clusters. Speight, a wily and experienced campaigner himself, kept the sessions interesting by trying to pick Birmingham off as he came in but the former footballer exhibited excellent defensive head movement.

I had David in a handy lead going into the bout’s second half but Speight held his ground more in the fourth and fifth and forced Birmingham to pressure him in the last to take the spoils.