Dorian Darch drops controversial decision to Chris Healy

Dorian Darch drops controversial decision to Chris Healy

While the headline attraction to Sanigar Events’ ‘Crunch Time’ show in Merthyr Tydfil was clear cut, the Chief Supporting contest ended on a controversial note.

Aberdare’s Dorian Darch (12-4, 1KO) suffered a mini-upset and his four fight winning streak was ended against Stockport’s Chris Healy (6-4, 2KO).

Healy collected a surprising 78-75 decision over the eight round distance, which was scored by referee Reece Carter and jeered by the partisan crowd at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre.

Darch was presented with a southpaw stance for the first time in his six-year career and the heavyweight adapted well, taking the first round with a series of looping rights.

The Welshman appeared effective in reducing Healy’s portside advantages early on by maneuvering the Englishman to the ropes where his feet often became square.

By the start of the third round, it was evidently having an effect with Healy cut behind the ear. Officials inspected the wound between rounds, though it wasn’t in danger of halting the contest.

Healy sent occasional straight left reminders but they didn’t seem enough to disrupt Darch, who continued to control exchanges. The only real breaks in action came when both would accidentally smother their work at close range.

The second half of the fight saw Darch’s energy understandably dip and he decided to walk Healy down in a more straightforward style. It came at a cost though and claret soon leaked from Darch’s eye due to an accidental head clash, something he’s been through many times before.

Still, Darch’s shots continued to have greater effect and he was encouraged to maintain his higher output by trainer Chris ‘Monkey’ Davies until the final bell. The aggression did afford Healy openings but what he was able to score in return were often only arm punches.

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