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Nick Ball beats Abdon Cesar to line up tournament reserve slot. Elliot Foster reports

NICK Ball got his 10th professional win by dominating over six rounds against Abdon Cesar at Greenbank Sports Academy in his home city atop a Black Flash Promotions card in association with Everton Red Triangle.

The 22-year-old was in action for the third time this calendar year and already has another date in the diary.

After moving into double figures, the talented youngster has been named as a reserve in the MTK Global’s Golden Contract featherweight tournament on October 4 at Bethnal Green’s famous York Hall venue, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

Ball barely put a foot wrong against the Cameroon-born Cesar, who is based in County Durham, cruising to a decision on referee Mark Lyson’s scorecard by a margin of 60-54.

Now he will face Razaq Najib in the aforementioned Golden Contract competition on the same night as Jazza Dickens is in action alongside Ryan Walsh, Leigh Wood and a number of other big talents.

Meanwhile, James Heneghan dazzled on his way to a points win. The Liverpool southpaw, who trains under John Gillies, Steve Reeves and Mick Stevenson at Four Corner Combat gym in his home city, had made a winning start to his career in the paid ranks back in April when he outpointed Genadij Krajevskij.

This time he dropped his opponent Martin Kabrhel, from the Czech Republic, in a similarly controlled display before coming out on top on referee Lyson’s card by a somewhat peculiar margin of 40-36 given the knockdowns in the third and fourth rounds.

Heneghan will be back out again on November 15 at the Eventim Olympia in his home city, when he is set to come up against Chris Jenkinson.

Liverpool’s Carly Skelly got the better of Sofia’s Roz Mari Silyanova over four (40-36) on referee Lyson’s card across two-minute stanzas to improve on her ledger since turning over earlier this year.

Jonathan Walsh got the better of Youssef Al Hamidi, scoring a stoppage over the usually durable Yorkshireman, on referee Darren Sarginson’s card after 1-27 of the second.

Referee Darren Sarginson also oversaw a pair of four-rounders between Jack McKinlay and William Warburton, plus Bradley Strand and Nabil Ahmed. The Liverpool duo were both victorious by margins of 40-36.

Debutant McKinlay got his feet under the table after punching for pay for the first time against Atherton’s ambitious Warburton while Strand, a former ABA senior elite champion at 56 kgs, earned his second win as a pro against the man from Batley in Yorkshire. Both will be back in action at the same venue on November 30.

Andrew Cain impressed the watching masses with a flawless performance against Elvis Guillen.

Guillen, from Nicaragua but based in Spain, was on the wrong end of a hiding from the cool and composed 23-year-old Scouser, being stopped after 1-25 of the second round by Darren Sarginson, whose colleague Lyson said afterwards that Cain was “special”.

Harry Woods, another former standout amateur, will be back between the ropes later this year after nailing down his third win as a pro. Woods, on referee Sarginson’s card, comfortably outpointed awkward Victor Edagha, the London-based Italian, to earn a 40-36 win.

And Mikey Hedges joined Mathew Rennie in securing a points win.

Liverpool’s Hedges was in against the tricky, durable and game Jamie Quinn, from Stockport, who went the distance with former two-time world title challenger Stephen Smith back in June, and Mikey came out on top by a solitary point as Darren Sarginson gave it to him by 39-38.

Isle of Man’s Rennie outpointed Blackburn’s Naheem Chaudhry on Mark Lyson’s card (40-36) and will be back out on October 26 after advancing to 3-0-1.

But there was disappointment for Connor Butler as the talented bantamweight was involved in a head clash against Steven Maguire. Referee Mark Lyson took Maguire to the doctor who advised that, after 30 seconds of the second round, the fight be stopped and called a technical draw.

Butler could yet be handed a spot on the aforementioned November 30 card back at Greenbank.

The Verdict Paul Stevenson gets his fighters wins once again as Black Flash aim to put on another show in Liverpool before the end of the year.

FULL RESULTS
Nick Ball (132lbs 2oz), 10-0 (4), w pts 6 Abdon Cesar (133lbs 6oz), 3-10; James Heneghan (164 1/4lbs), 2-0, w pts 4 Martin Kabrhel (163 1/2lbs), 2-17-1 (2); Carly Skelly (117 1/2lbs), 2-0, w pts 4 Roz Mari Silyanova (120lbs 6oz), 1-7-1; Jonathan Walsh (139 1/2lbs), 3-0 (1), w rsf 2 Youssef Al Hamidi (143 1/2lbs), 16-125-5 (1); Jack McKinlay (148lbs 2oz), 1-0, w pts 4 William Warburton (154lbs), 26-156-10 (5); Brad Strand (122 1/2lbs), 2-0, w pts 4 Nabil Ahmed (121 1/2lbs), 0-3; Andrew Cain (127 1/2lbs), 4-0 (4) w rsf 2 Elvis Guillen (125lbs), 9-59-4 (6); Harry Woods (166lbs 2oz), 3-0, w pts 4 Victor Edagha (164lbs 1oz), 2-64-3 (1); Mikey Hedges (134lbs), 1-0, w pts 4 Jamie Quinn (136lbs 2oz), 5-90-2; Mathew Rennie (144lbs 2oz), 3-0-1, w pts 4 Naheem Chaudhry (147lbs 6oz), 2-55-1 (1); Connor Butler (119 1/4lbs), 3-0-1, tech draw 2 Steven Maguire (117 1/2lbs), 0-18-1.

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