Land of Dragons – Undercard: Fred Evans, Nathan Thorley, Ricky Rowlands, Callum Busuttil and Kristian Touze improve records

Land of Dragons – Undercard: Fred Evans, Nathan Thorley, Ricky Rowlands, Callum Busuttil and Kristian Touze improve records

2012 Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans (2-0) cruised to his second professional win on the undercard of last night’s Sanigar Events ‘Land of Dragons’ show.

It came against the winless Victor Edagha (0-20), who was in the deep end, and the Welsh southpaw swept all four rounds for a routine 40-36 win at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil.

It was a far cry from the standard of opponent Evans had faced as a world-class amateur and Edgaha’s unorthodox approach led to many messy exchanges up close. Edgaha would often dip his head low and loop clumsy overhands in reply to Evans’ pressure, only serving to smother the Welshman’s classier shots.

Evans, also a European Championships gold medallist in the vest and head guard, was wise whenever Edgaha ventured forward, stepping to the side and shooting straights at his unbalanced opponent. It was simple stuff for Evans, who will be eager to rise through the levels quickly.

He had been due to face Atherton’s William Warburton, an experienced ‘journeyman’ who isn’t a stranger to springing an upset. However, Warburton picked up a cut last week and is serving a mandatory British Boxing Board of Control suspension until he’s healed.

At six foot four inches tall, Cardiff’s Nathan Thorley (8-0, 4KO) isn’t used to being undersized like he was against former heavyweight Imantas Davidaitis (6-24-1, 4KO). It didn’t impact the outcome as the 24-year-old banked all four rounds via a 40-36 score.

‘Thunder’ stalked the visitor with stinging straight punches and constantly encouraging him to back off. Thorley was afforded space to feint and step in to his power punches and he did it regularly, making it an uncomfortable evening for the Lithuanian tourist.

Tredegar’s super-welterweight Ricky Rowlands (2-1) returned to winning ways with a hard-earned 40-37 margin win over London’s handy Jordan Grannum (2-9).

The pair took turns to trade right crosses in the first minute and both registered with the recipient. The distance increased between them as the bout developed, allowing Rowlands to find space for his jab and some solid counters but Grannum remained game, taking his time to gradually edge forward in response.

Rowlands impressed on his debut in March, only to suffer an unexpected reverse three weeks later when he appeared to fatigue. His confidence visibly came back as the minutes ticked on and he clearly paced himself better.

Opening the show, Caerphilly’s Callum Busuttil (2-0) was straight down to business against Bristol’s Harvey Helmsley (4-37-1, 2KO) and the pattern was never in danger of changing. The 21-year-old collected a 40-36 decision win on referee Martin Williams’ scorecard.

Busuttil, trained by Jamie Arthur alongside Rowlands, stayed compact throughout and his high two-fisted output made sure he was always ahead of the visitor. The shaven headed lightweight also making room for some snappy counters to keep Helmsley’s ambition modest.

Swansea’s Kristian Touze (4-0-1) was another to score a 40-36 shutout, though it was less eye-catching as he went through the motions against Joe Beeden (2-54-1, 1KO).

Both took time to warm in to the lightweight contest, initially fencing with each other for large periods of the uneventful opening two rounds. However, Touze was more aggressive and rushed a reluctant Beeden with speedy flurries often enough to remain comfortably ahead, showing classier shot selection in short spurts.

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