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James Metcalf hammer blow sees off Welborn

James Metcalf lands tremendous body blow to defeat Jason Welborn. Andy Whittle reports from ringside
James Metcalf
Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Leeds • June 15

A PAIR of tasty-looking and all-British Commonwealth title contests formed the chief support double on the Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad undercard with Liverpudlian James ‘JJ’ Metcalf getting the ball rolling against West Midlander Jason Welborn with the vacant super-welterweight belt up for grabs.

For Welborn, it was a fourth successive title contest and after coming up short against Jarrett Hurd when challenging for world honours late last year it was a chance to reassert himself by overcoming hard hitting ‘Kid Shamrock’ who, with dad Shea Neary looking on from the sidelines, was searching for his fourth straight inside the distance win.

With precious little daylight between the two combatants going into the eighth Welborn began the session with an eye-catching left and then benefited further, if under the circumstances that is indeed the correct choice of words, when JJ was docked a point having let one go south of the border. Both had been admonished earlier for the same offence by referee Steve Gray.