Results Round-Up: Andrew Selby, Craig Kennedy, Morgan Jones, Gavin Gwynne, Kieran Gething
On Saturday, Barry Town’s Andrew ‘AC Superstar’ Selby (7-0, 5KO) continued his march towards a world title shot and improved his world ranking.
The 27-year-old flyweight stopped the previously once-beaten Filipino Jake Bornea (11-2, 5KO) to capture the IBF Inter-Continental strap.
Selby, whose older brother Lee holds the organisation’s featherweight world title, was already ranked 14th and that is now likely to improve.
Although the 2012 Olympian didn’t go looking for the stoppage, it was a matter of time after he had worked out Bornea in the early stages. Eventually, referee Phil Edwards ended matters with less than 15 seconds remaining of the seventh round as Bornea was bloodied and clearly had no way of turning the tide.
The fight was on the undercard of the joint Cyclone Promotion and Sauerland Promotions’ show at the SSE Wembley Arena.
Earlier that night, former Welsh international Kieran Gething (0-1-0) was held to a draw on his debut.
The super-welterweight, who is signed to Neath based manager Paul Boyce, faced veteran journeyman Kevin McCauley, who was taking part in his 150th professional outing.
After a bright start to the four rounder, Gething was pegged back and McCauley used all of his experience to mark his remarkable milestone with a 38-38 scoreline.
On Monday, Sanigar Events had a trio of wins at a dinner event in Mayfair, London and didn’t drop a round in the process.
Cardiff’s Craig Kennedy (16-0, 8KO) extended his unbeaten streak to sixteen straight with a routine six-round win over the slippery southpaw Arturs Kulikauskis (18-31, 6KO).
The Latvian has travelled to Britain with mixed success in the past, getting draws, wins and losses. The most noteworthy result on his ledger is a win over world title challenger Youri Kalenga.
The potential danger was thwarted by Kennedy, who routinely controlled proceedings with long straight shots and ran out a dominant 60-54 points victor.
‘The Kid’, as the 31-year-old is known by his followers, will now progress to a shot at the vacant British cruiserweight title in 2017. Kennedy will face Matty Askin, who he has previously sparred, after the Blackpool native upset Belfast’s hot prospect Tommy McCarthy in a final eliminator.
On the same show, Aberdare’s light-heavyweight Morgan Jones (9-0, 3KO) closed the year out with a 40-36 points win against Jevgenijs Andrejevs (10-77-2, 4KO).
It’s been an active year for ‘Sexual Chocolate’, who has boxed five times. Next year may not be as busy though – the prospect suffered a suspected broken hand injury.
Trelewis’ popular Gavin Gwynne (3-0, 1KO) has taken to the professional code like a duck to water since making his debut in July.
The six-foot lightweight banked every round against Gloucester’s Andy Harris, sweeping the referee’s 40-36 scorecard. Gwynne is yet to drop a round as a professional and the enthusiastic 26-year-old has shown potential of progressing to higher levels.
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