AFTER bringing pro boxing back to the Mercia Banqueting Suite earlier this year following a long absence, promoter Tommy Owens returned with a five-bout offering that reaped a quintet of distance successes for the home boxers. In what was dubbed the Last Battle of Troy, Coventry’s popular former Midlands Area super-featherweight champion and British title challenger Troy James, in his 32nd outing and recently turned 36, bade farewell to his supporters and the paid ranks with a shut-out four round win over Hereford’s always competitive Dean Evans.
Troy came off second best when facing Cromer southpaw Liam Walsh in a short notice shot at the British super-featherweight title back in 2016 but had his moments along the way, most notable being a cracking performance to outpoint Dundee’s tough Ronnie Clark over 10 at Bedworth Civic Hall in Summer 2014.
The only six-rounder for the evening’s referee Chris Dean to preside over pitched unbeaten and always entertaining River Wilson-Bent from nearby Exhall in against his toughest opponent to date – and in was his first outing over six. He came through in style, besting Atherton’s William Warburton, who is fast closing in on his 200th pro bout, to the tune of 60-54.