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Nathan Heaney edges out Tom Stokes

Nathan Heaney nicks it as he takes on Tom Stokes in Stoke. Andy Whittle reports from ringside
Nathan Heaney
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Stoke-on-Trent • June 21

ONLY rarely do Area title fights fail to deliver and this one, for the vacant Midlands Area middleweight belt at a noisy Kings Hall, certainly didn’t disappoint, local favourite Nathan Heaney edging home 96-94 on the card of referee-for-the-night Kevin Parker at the conclusion of a 10-round cracker against West Bromwich’s Tom Stokes.

With things seemingly level after two rounds, unbeaten Heaney made the breakthrough in the third, staggering Tom momentarily with a clubbing right. But the West Brom man came roaring right back in the very next round when he slammed home a short yet telling left of his own.

By the eighth the see-saw contest looked to have swung towards the muscular Stoke man by the narrowest of margins and with precious little to choose between the two warriors down the final straight it he was he who hung on to take the win at the conclusion of a great scrap.