LENNOX CLARKE and Andrew Robinson warmed up for their imminent British title tilts with victories on BCB Promotions’ “Britain Awaits” show at Walsall Town Hall. Clarke is set for a super-middleweight showdown with Lerrone Richards while Robinson is slated for a shot at Liam Williams’ middleweight crown – with both hoping to get their opportunity before the end of the year.
Halesowen’s Clarke opened things up in his 20th outing as a pro with a routine 40-36 points victory over Lancashire’s Darryl Sharp. The 28-year-old blew off the ring rust in his first outing of 2019 as he went through the gears to win every round on referee-for-the-evening Martin Williams’ card.
Redditch-based Robinson enjoyed an earlier finish against Eric Nwankwo. After an even opening stanza, “D’Animal” began trading with Nwankwo, who had come to fight. That proved the Nigerian’s downfall as, wide open, a big right hook sent him sprawling to the canvas with the last punch of the second round.
Telford’s Liam Davies continued his impressive start to life in the paid ranks as he topped the bill in the only scheduled six-rounder on the card. The 23-year-old super-bantamweight hits with real spite and menace, and gave Nicaragua’s Jose Aguilar a torrid time before this one came to a close two minutes 32 seconds into the fourth round. Davies landed a body shot so sickening that Aguilar brought his pre-bout meal back up all over the canvas.
Two debutants enjoyed positive starts to their pro careers. Worcester welterweight Owen Cooper pleased his large army of supporters as he picked up a 40-37 victory over Wiltshire’s Paul Cummings, while Walsall’s Kashif Khan edged past Telford’s Dean Jones 39-38 at super-lightweight.
Another super-lightweight, Dudley’s Ruben Campbell squeezed past Reading’s Ibrar Riyaz 39-38.