LIVE RESULTS: Black Friday punch up in Pontypool!

LIVE RESULTS: Black Friday punch up in Pontypool!

We’re ringside at the Active Living Centre in Pontypool to report on the five-fight show, which will close the British boxing calendar.

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Colcot’s Maredudd Thomas (1-0) kicked off the card with a 40-36 decision win against Nicaragua’s reluctant Geiboord Omier (4-23-1, 3KO).

The super-lightweight stands at nearly six foot and was keen to use that height advantage over Omier, who stood considerably shorter. Thomas initially found the range with his jab before stepping in with more solid backhands.

Omier attempted to spoil the flow of the fight when the pair came close, though the holding was subtle and nothing dramatic. Aware of the visitor’s tactics, Thomas timed them in the third round, stunning Omier with a counter that persuaded him to stay in reverse.

The Welshman increased his output in the fourth and final round, which delighted new coach Gary Lockett, who he was working with for the first time. Thomas, a former amateur internationalist, remained composed when he closed the distance and will be pleased with a steady start to his new career.



Rhoose’s lightweight Lance Cooksey (4-0) wasted no time in getting to grips with Nottingham’s game Fonz Alexander (5-72, 3KO), earning a non-stop 40-36 decision win.

As soon as the bell sounded, the compact lightweight buzzed around Alexander with short bursts of hooks and straight rights. Alexander is one of the better ‘journeymen’ on the circuit and was keen to oblige, landing with his own work, though was outworked overall.

It was an exciting approach from both, entertaining the vocal fans and a similar pattern progressed in to the following rounds. Cooksey often had the first and final say in exchanges, though was careful not to catch Alexander’s attempts to catch-and-counter in between the Welshman’s punches.

Cooksey, another former Welsh amateur champion who is now trained by Tony Borg in Newport, has been relatively active with four fights since May but Alexander has been one of the busier boxers in Britain in 2017, competing a total of 25 times.



Garnant’s super-lightweight Chris Jenkins (19-2-1, 8KO) eased to a routine victory against Lithuania’s Arvydas Trizno (26-74-3, 7KO), which came courtesy of a 60-54 decision.

The former Prizefighter and WBC International champion was hardly required to come out of second gear as he further tattooed Trizno’s heavily inked torso. Jenkins’ favoured shot is a left hook to the body but he stayed patient, unlocking the angle with snappy jabs.

Styled as ‘Rock n Rolla’, Jenkins briefly switched stances in the second round, before reverting to orthodox and applying more pressure. Constantly edging forward, the energetic Jenkins often feinted as a prelude to his power punches, though Trizno was wise not to present an open target.

Trizno occasionally attempted to keep Jenkins at bay with wide overhands, which didn’t land and only served to buy him a few seconds of space. Jenkins persisted and working his way in to land with thudding straight but appeared to signal a slight hand injury towards the closing rounds.



Pontypool’s Kieran Gething (4-1-1, 1KO) set the record straight in a rematch against Stourbridge’s Kevin McCauley (15-158-12), taking every session of their six rounder with a 60-54 scorecard.

The super-welterweights drew on Gething’s debut in a debated four rounder at the end of 2016 and the 23-year-old has been keen to gain revenge since. Fittingly, Gething was afforded the opportunity in his first appearance as a professional in his hometown.

Gething began aggressively and never let up, stalking McCauley from corner to corner to keep the visitor working hard. It called on all of McCauley’s cardio and he appeared to be feeling the pace in the third round, visibly sucking and soaking up the pressure.

Sensing the tank was emptying, Gething upped the ante from the fourth round onwards, becoming more blatant with his intentions. He was rarely an metre apart from McCauley and it forced him to engage more than observers are used to witnessing.

McCauley has had the busiest year of any British boxer, appearing in the away corner on 32 separate occasions. Quality ‘journeymen’ – a term that sounds like an oxymoron but is valid – are hard to come by and the circuit clearly appreciates the role McCauley plays.


Kody Davies

Closing the show, Blackwood’s Kody Davies (2-0, KO) dominated Lithuania’s Remigijus Ziausys (20-85-5, 10KO) and won every minute of the four rounder, collecting a 40-36 clean sweep.

The southpaw’s second professional outing proved as equally exciting as his debut as he steamed out of the blocks. Explosive two fisted attacks forced Ziausys in to instant retreat and he was never allowed to venture far out of it in the opener.

Davies took more of his time in the second and third rounds, unloading heavily in spots but also walking Ziausys on to counters before neatly pivoting away to space and resetting the sequence.

The fourth and final round was fought at a slightly lower pace, which was understandable given the amount of shots Davies had already dispensed. Still, the Welshman was repeatedly the aggressor, taking Ziausys back to the ropes before peppering him upstairs and down.

Ziausys has fought as high as heavyweight in the past, surviving until the final bell against an assortment of world ranked contenders. On the other hand, Davies is aiming to settle in to the light-heavyweight division, hence the pair meeting in the middle at cruiserweight, where he operated whilst a member of Team GB.

Davies has plenty of experience to call upon with former world champion Gavin Rees as his trainer, Gary Lockett as his manger and International Boxing Hall of Fame legend Joe Calzaghe as a mentor.

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