BOURNEMOUTH’S Lee Cutler delivered a seasoned performance to best dangerous Sheffield-based Cameroonian Serge Ambomo (pictured above) by 60-55 over six-threes on referee Lee Cook’s tally in topping a Bendall’s Boxing Promotion at the O2 Academy.
Lee boxed in a calculated manner throughout, as he was highly aware of the Ambomo’s power and potential to cause a shock. He used his feet well to cope with Serge’s pressure and, whenever he was drawn into trading against his shorter foe, Cutler wisely reset and started boxing from range.
The South Coast fighter proved he was able to both effectively counter off the back foot and to stay safe and sharp-shoot over the last two sessions. Ambomo ploughed forwards and didn’t stop trying, but was beaten to the punch consistently and convincingly.
Sam Jones, also from Bournemouth, was upset by Plymouth’s Des Newton as he dropped a 39-38 verdict over four-threes on Cook’s tally.
Jones was constantly troubled by Newton’s relentless aggression and heavy left hooks. By the start of the third session he was tired and cut on the left eyelid. Newton’s less-frequent punches drained Sam over the last two as Des soaked up Jones’ resistance and drew blood from the nose to rightly take the spoils.
In another four-threes shut-out refereed by Cook, Plymouth’s Darren Townley returned to winning ways in outpointing Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain. Darren was the busier and more focused of the pair and managed to catch the bustling Hussain when Qasim ventured into close quarters.
Poole debutant Jack Simpson took every round against Warminster’s Paul Cummings over the same duration on Chas Coakley’s card. Simpson jabbed well and exploited some clever feints to launch into smooth combinations, against which his awkward opponent had no reply. Paul faired better in occasional trade-offs but was comprehensively outboxed by the prospect.
Coakley officiated two further four-threes shutouts on the card. Firstly, Chris Sanigar-trained Bryce Goodridge from Basingstoke easily overcame Rochdale’s Andy Bishop. Goodridge used his reach to control his southpaw foe with uppercuts and left hands to the body. Bishop was back-pedalling, looking crestfallen and bleeding from the nose by the third. He deserves credit for hearing the final bell.
Secondly, Tiverton’s Alex Jones was given an excellent workout by Melksham’s Liam Richards before taking the win. Jones’ attacks were sharp and purposeful but the experienced Richards walked in and found successes to keep Alex honest.
The Verdict Cutler remains calm under pressure to take an impressive decision.
Lee Cutler (161lbs), 6-0, w pts 6 Serge Ambomo (159lbs), 7-15-2 (3); Des Newton (147lbs), 8-8 (2) w pts 4 Sam Jones (142lbs), 6-3 (1); Darren Townley (146lbs), 9-3 (1), w pts 4 Qasim Hussain (151lbs), 4-92-2; Jack Simpson (162lbs), 1-0, w pts 4 Paul Cummings (162lbs), 2-38; Bryce Goodridge (175lbs), 3-0, w pts 4 Andy Bishop (177lbs), 0-4; Alex Jones (140lbs), 2-0, w pts 4 Liam Richards (141lbs), 12-60 (1).