AFTER a successful first show here at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre just three months previously, Joe Gallagher’s M22 Promotions returned with more of the same. Seven bouts were offered up to the appreciative audience, who numbered more than on that debut promotion and with several big names on show on and two potential further dates pencilled in before Christmas, things appear to be going swimmingly. Hattersley middle Marcus Morrison last time out silenced the locals in Rome by stopping highly ranked Emanuele Blandamura in the ninth of a 10-rounder – and he might defend the title he won that night on the next Wythenshawe show.
He excelled in the afternoon’s curtain-raiser against Nicaraguan Edwin Palacios who, having been made to eat a couple of snappy, venomous jabs inside the opening minute, was then tagged by a cracking left to the body and sent to all fours. It was a position in which, in obvious distress, he remained for not only the duration of referee Jamie Kirkpatrick’s count but a good 10 seconds afterwards before returning to his corner.
It had been slated for six rounds but was all over three seconds shy of the two-minute mark.