Angelo Dragone and Kristian Touze both win to set up a super-featherweight Welsh title fight

Angelo Dragone and Kristian Touze both win to set up a super-featherweight Welsh title fight

Carmarthen’s Angelo Dragone (5-0) and Swansea’s Kristian Touze (8-0-2) set up a Welsh title fight with wins in separate bouts on Sanigar Events’ show at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil.

The teams of both West Walian super-featherweights have been in talks and the deal is believed to be all-but signed to happen in September.

29-year-old Dragone was straight down to business in his bout and relentlessly tracked down Greek debutant Ilias Liokaftos (0-1) from the opening bell, earning a 60-54 decision win.

Once Dragone’s forward momentum was established, the ‘Italian Stallion’ visibly grew in confidence during every exchange. He was a man on a mission and Liokaftos was in full reverse to avoid danger.

Dragone mixed two-fisted attacks well, changing his focus from head to body to keep Liokaftos constantly on the move. The visitor was knocked off balance early in the second round and he was clocked again as it ended, though remained upright.

Liokaftos began to hold more blatantly in the third round and Dragone was forced to wrestle him off before unloading his arsenal. Short uppercuts and hooks worked for Dragone when they were up close and he adapted well.

The spoiling tactics drew warning from referee Martin Williams in the fourth and fifth rounds. The action continued in a similar pattern in the final exchanges, one way traffic for the improving prospect.

Touze boxed exclusively on the backfoot for the duration of his triumph over Nicaragua’s Edwin Tellez (12-51-5, 6KO) but safely navigated his way to a 59-55 decision win.

The southpaw stayed away from danger, darting in with quick flurries before darting backwards to the edges of the ring. Touze was busier and Telez was being outworked, though most of Touze’s blows landed on the gloves and Tellez continued to press on forward.

The visitor was undeterred and he timed flush looping shots in the third round. They stung Touze, who was still in retreat but this time it wasn’t voluntarily. The 29-year-old regained his composure in the following round and now, he was wise to the threat posed to him.

Touze continued to circle and landed some clean counters. Without the power to match the speed, Vellez tried to walk through them and reminded Touze to stay switched on again at the end of the fifth round, again breaking through with looping thuds.

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