LIVE RINGSIDE RESULTS: MTK Global celebrate St David’s Day in Cardiff

LIVE RINGSIDE RESULTS: MTK Global celebrate St David’s Day in Cardiff

MTK Global have returned to Cardiff for their second show on Welsh soil and they’re celebrating St David’s Day with a 12-fight show at the Vale Sports Arena.

BoxingWales.com are ringside and will be bringing live results as the action unfolds. Keep refreshing this page for regular updates.

1) Maredudd Thomas collects clear win

Barry’s welterweight Maredudd Thomas (6-0, 2KO) got the action underway against Richard Samuels (1-2), collecting a clear cut 40-36 decision win. Samuels caused an upset on his last visit to Wales, recovering from a knockdown to overcome Ricky Rowlands.

However, Thomas was able to keep his ambition under control throughout the four rounds. The Gary Lockett-trained prospect made a mark in the early exchanges and gradually applied pressure, almost forcing a stoppage at the end of the third round.

2) Kieran Gething keeps busy with win over awkward opponent

Fresh from last month’s Welsh title win, Pontypool’s super-lightweight Kieran Gething (8-2-1, 2KO) stayed busy with a well-earned 58-57 decision win over gangly giant Spaniard Damian Esquisabel (3-3).

Standing at over six-foot gave Esquisabel obvious physical advantages but it wasn’t until the third round that they were effective. Until that point, Gething’s pressure had been enough to outwork the visitor, who was forced to the ropes to absorb two-fisted flurries. That pattern returned in the fourth round, though Gething was kept on his toes until the final bell through Esquisabel’s pure unorthodoxy.

3) Jacob Lovell record first stoppage win

Swansea’s smooth Jacob Lovell (2-0, 1KO) stopped super-lightweight Mohamed Mahmoud (0-10) in the third round.

The Youth Commonwealth Games medallist stood in mid-range during the opener and took a little time to find his range. Once the 19-year-old was comfortable, he closed the space in the following round and walked Mahmoud down. It set the tone for the finish, which came when Lovell landed too many flush punches for referee Martin Williams to be comfortable with letting it continue.

4) David White Jnr draws on homecoming

Cardiff’s featherweight David White Jnr (2-1-1) was fighting in his hometown for the first time as a professional and dropped a 38-38 draw to Nicaragua’s Jose Aguilar (16-55-5, 6KO). White had moments of success but they were often amidst crowding attacks from an inspired Aguilar, who recorded his first non-loss since 2015.

5) Rhys Edwards produces punch perfect KO

The Rhondda’s Rhys ‘Lightening’ Edwards (4-0, 2KO) produced a punch perfect performance to halt Elvis Guillen (9-50-4, 6KO) in three spell-bounding rounds.

Guillen took a tumble as soon as the first round but it was caused by a swift Edwards pivot as he spun around the the edges. Unable to get to grips with the movement, Guillen retreated and Edwards took the opportunity to enjoy himself, causing a cut by the end of the second round.

The Welshman’s creativity and upperbody movement was a joy to watch . Mixed in with a range of sharp combinations and it was a perfect performance from the 18-year-old, who ended matters with a thumping right uppercut to send Guillen to the floor. The biggest challenge facing Edwards will be for his handlers to hold him back because he looks set for a bright future.

6) Carmarthen’s Angelo Dragone continues to improve 

Carmarthen’s Angelo ‘The Italian Stallion’ Dragone (4-0) swept a clean sheet against Nicaragua’s Michael Isaac Carrero (13-46-5, 6KO), taking a 40-36 decision win.

The lightweight pushed forward behind a high guard, popping straight shots through Carrero’s defence when he held his feet for too long. Dragone banked the first two rounds without a lot of resistance, so much so that Carrero even allowed him a free shot – the second time in a row that Dragone has been offered that chance.

Smelling blood, Dragone became more blatant in the third round and it started with a sustained two-way exchange from both boxers. Dragone remained stronger throughout and is making a case for one of the most improved operators on the Welsh scene.

7) Jay Harris extends unbeaten streak

Swansea’s flyweight Jay Harris (15-0, 8KO) extended his unbeaten streak with a strangely scored six-round win against late replacement Brett Fidoe (13-49-5, 6KO), judged to be 59-57 to the Jack bar steward.

Fidoe, who Harris faced on his debut, was difficult to pin down in the early stages. The Englishman came in to the contest on the back of four straight wins and a full camp after his Midlands Area title fight recently fell through. However, it was Harris in pursuit and forcing the action.

Harris persisted and looked to turn the screw at the halfway point. Eventually, he got a grip on his elusive opponent on a consistent basis and evidently enjoyed the fourth round. Harris got through more often in the closing stages, most notably with stinging power-punches at the end of the fifth round, calling on Fidoe to use all of his crafty skills to evade.

It was the Commonwealth champion’s first outing with his new promoters, MTK Global. For the first time in a while, Harris now has the options his talent deserves as mandatory for the British and European titles.

8) Alex Hughes wins with fourth consecutive first round KO

Maerdy’s Alex Hughes (13-0, 7KO) needed less than a round to dispose of Nicaragua’s Wilmer Gonzalez (19-13-1, 12KO).

The skilful middleweight has looked red hot since his return from a serious eye injury and has now recorded four consecutive first round knockouts. 25-year-old Hughes was clearly a class above his opponent from the opening bell. All of Hughes’ weight remained on his backfoot but he has a sneaky way of edging closer.

Once in range, it was target practice for ‘Bad News’, who twice dropped Gonzalez with spiteful left hooks to the stomach. Stiffer tests await Hughes but it’s not who he’s beating at the moment, it’s the dominant and ruthless manner of the finishes.

9) Jacob Robinson’s run close in impressive win

Cardiff’s talented Jacob Robinson (5-0, 2KO) recovered from a flash knockdown to defeat a competitive Johnny Phillips (5-2, 2KO), which came courtesy of a fair 58-57 scorecard.

The southpaw is a natural counterpuncher and managed to do it on the front foot in the first round. Perhaps mindful of Robinson’s power, Phillips backed off and gave away the initiative. It allowed Robinson to fight at his own pace and he unloaded in the second round as Phillips momentarily stuck to the ropes for the fight’s first breakthrough.

Phillips finally pressed forward in the third round and it backfired as he walked on to crisp hooks. However, that new-found pressure soon paid off in the fourth round as Phillips rushed Robinson and clipped him on the top of the head. It put the Welshman over and he got off the canvas for the first time in his career.

After a tense fifth stanza, the pair went to war in the sixth and final round. Robinson tempted Phillips forward and made him pay with wide hooks, whilst Phillips’ sheer effort caught the eye from observers to conclude a match well made and fought.

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