LIVE RESULTS: #UpForGrabs undercard

LIVE RESULTS: #UpForGrabs undercard

We’re at the Sanigar Events #UpForGrabs show in Merthyr Tydfil’s Rhydycar Leisure Centre, live on S4C. Keep clicking on the refresh button for live updates as we go along…

ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET! ROBINSON RUNS OVER OPPONENT ON PRO DEBUT

It was straightforward stuff for Cardiff’s Jacob Robinson (1-0, 1KO) who settled well in to his professional debut and easily toppled Dmitrijs Gutmans (4-24-2, 4KO) inside three rounds.

The super-bantamweight, son of Welsh boxing legend Steve Robinson, has plans to bring more belts to his family trophy cabinet and looks to be progressing on a potentially exciting path.

Robinson, naturally a counter-punching southpaw, spent plenty of time on the front foot in the show’s opener. He often found the range with a swift right hook and the visiting Latvian struggle to evade it.

The breakthrough came in the third round as Robinson walked a hesitant Gutmans on to a solid right hook, straight left combination. It crumpled him to the canvas and he spat his gum shield out, wisely deciding against trying to beat the referee’s count.

BACK IN BOXING! UNRETIRED LEE HASKINS WARMS IN TO NEW CHAPTER

Lee Haskins

Bristol’s Lee Haskins (35-4, 14KO) was back in the ring for the first time since losing his IBF world bantamweight title. The switch-hitter suffered an arm injury amidst his 12 round decision loss to now unified ruler Ryan Burnett, though showed no lasting effect.

The 33-year-old retired in the immediate aftermath but it was short-lived. Haskins gradually turned the screw against Ghana’s Isaac Quaye (31-15-1, 22KO) and his comeback never looked in danger of backfiring as he took a distance victory.

In Haskins’ typically awkward style, the ‘Playboy’ whipped in unorthodox hooks and uppercuts from angles out of Quaye’s eyeline, leaving the African confused and unbalanced. The corner, including long term mentors Chris Sanigar and Nigel Christian, called for more aggression but it wasn’t needed.

Haskins made an increasing mark on his target as the six rounder developed, also dropping Quaye with a solid southpaw left in the fifth round. Comfortable with his work, Haskins didn’t press the action and collected a 60-52 decision on the scorecard of referee Martin Williams.

A RETURN TO WINNING WAYS! BARTON BATTERS HALTON

Daniel Barton

Newport’s Daniel Barton returned to winning ways with a dominant third round knockout against Torquay’s Nathan Halton (2-2-1).

After surprise draw against Anthony Fox, the super-middleweight was originally set to face Port Talbot’s gutsy Geraint Goodridge in a tasty Welsh derby. However, Goodridge was ruled out and replaced by former opponent Halton.

Barton, who is trained by Tony Borg at St Joseph’s Boxing Club, worked his way up close by ducking under Halton’s attempts to fend him off. It allowed the 27-year-old to launch overhand rights and catch Halton’s head when it hung high.

Halton was wearing a severely swollen eye and bloodied nose by the end of the second round and his replies grew less frequent as the action developed.

By the third round, Barton’s momentum began to gain pace and it persuaded Halton to stop boxing. The Englishman’s corner understandably threw the towel in soon after, which handed Barton a second stoppage victory in his three-fight career.

SPEEDY TOUZE TICKS ON

Kristian Touze

Swansea’s Kristian Touze (5-0-1) stayed a step ahead of Stockport’s Jamie Quinn (3-51-2) to take a 40-37 points win.

There was a relatively low output between the lightweights and the four rounder never really got going, though Touze will be happy with his fifth professional victory.

Touze, a former soldier, was undoubtedly the more skilled operator but Quinn’s consistent approached appeared to even the action in the first and second rounds.

As the sessions ticked on, Quinn became more blatant and it afforded Touze opportunities to unload. The southpaw would often finish on his right hook, turning away from Quinn to find space across the canvas and Touze’s speedier feet saw him through.

EVANS COLLECTS CLOSE POINTS WIN

Fred Evans

2012 Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans (3-0) recorded a hat trick of wins in the professional code with a closer than expected decision against Doncaster’s Adam Jones (6-29-5, 1KO).

The six round contest was scored 58-57 in favour of Evans by referee Reece Carter. Evans, who originally planned to compete in the super-welterweight category, was actually at super-middleweight.

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