THE first of two shows at the Kings Hall within the space of just six days was this Carl Greaves offering comprising a couple of six-rounders and a quartet of fours.
The bill topped by unbeaten Meir lightweight Liam Berrisford, who in his first bout over six and despite having to contend with a late change of opponent in the shape of heavier Blackburn puncher Naheem Chaudhry, controlled proceedings sufficiently enough to secure a 60-54 victory with Kevin Parker scoring from ringside for trialist Chris Dean.
Hanley super-middle Jamal Le Doux didn’t have things all his own way early on in his six against Portsmouth-based Nigerian Eric Nwankwo who, while appearing a touch clumsy at times was dangerous all the same.
It was only in the later rounds that Jamal, having weathered a decent Nwankwo spell in the fourth, came to the fore. After catching the African with a barrage in the fifth he duly forced the intervention of Mr Parker with just 19 seconds of the bout remaining, a burst to the head doing the trick.
Newark referee Parker had a frustrating time with James Biddulph (of Biddulph, Staffs) and Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain, both being warned several times to tidy it up after a little too much goading and showboating before the sharper Biddulph got the nod 39-37.
The Dean-Parker pairing was in operation for the remaining fours, the first of which saw Wrexham’s Aron Canning overcome fired-up Derby’s cruiser Elvis Dube 39-37 while there were 40-36 shut-out wins for popular Ollerton welter Ben Eland and Chasetown’s Luke Jones, who came out on top in respective bouts against Newark’s Fonz Alexander and BrummieWaqas Mohammed.
There was a well-observed 10 bells salute for former Stoke middleweight Larry Parkes who had passed away a week earlier aged 88. In a career spanning the years 1952-54 Larry won 17 of the 21 contests in which he was involved.
The Verdict Potteries fight fans won’t have to wait long for another fistic helping.
Liam Berrisford (139lbs 6oz), 4-0, w pts 6 Naheem Chaudhry (143lbs), 2-47-1 (1); Jamal Le Doux (171lbs 10oz), 7-1 (3), w rsf 6 Eric Nwankwo(170lbs 2oz), 1-5 (1); Luke Jones (132lbs), 6-2-1, w pts 4 Waqas Mohammed (132lbs 10oz), 2-2-1; Ben Eland (148lbs 6oz), 6-1-1, w pts 4Fonz Alexander (148lbs 10oz), 6-97 (4); Aron Canning (194lbs), 4-0 (2), w pts 4 Elvis Dube (193 1/2lbs), 8-75-2 (5); James Biddulph (147lbs 14oz), 2-0, w pts 4 Qasim Hussain (147lbs 14oz), 4-88-2.