Mixed fortunes for Arthur’s gym debutants

Mixed fortunes for Arthur’s gym debutants

Caerphilly’s compact Callum Busuttil (1-0) opened Sanigar Events’ show at the Newport Centre with a solid debut, hounding Gloucester survivor Andy Harris (3-43-1) around the ring to take a 40-36 win.

The lightweight buzzed Harris twice in the opening round and the visitor was forced to hastily backtrack to avoid further damage. Harris seemed just as shaky in the second and Busuttil didn’t let up, throwing well timed single shots until the bell.

20-year-old Busuttil’s output dipped in the third round but his intensity didn’t, stalking an increasingly erratic Harris from rope to rope. With the win all-but-sealed, the closing session saw Busuttil apply patient pressure to make certain of a confident opener to his paid career.

Another lightweight from Jamie Arthur’s gym in Rhydyfelin was introduced to the professional game. However, it ended in defeat for Joe ‘JD’ Jones (0-1) who was stopped by the game Fonz Alexander (5-52, 3KO) in the final instalment of their four rounder.

Jones began brightly, ducking low before springing backhand leads around Alexander’s guard. The debutant even turned southpaw early on, opening an angle for a meaty body shot. Alexander, who dropped welterweight Kyle Jones on his last trip to Wales, demonstrated his danger with a right cross at the end of the opener and it was an a warning.

It was enough to keep Jones on his toes and the Welshman’s defence tightened in the second. It helped him to land a stinging catch-and-counter left hook before smartly turning off the ropes, discouraging Alexander from committing again.

However, Alexander was spurred on by his cornermen and he seized the front foot at the start of the third. Jones was guilty of moving too much – when he threw he landed often but his aggression wasn’t consistent, allowing Alexander to build momentum and pick his moments.

Alexander began to time Jones’ hesitant approaches in the fourth round and a straight right put Jones on his back. It was the first time Jones had been down after a 50+ fight amateur career but referee Reece Carter wasn’t required to give a 10 count.

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