RESULTS ROUND-UP: ENZO, WILLIAMS, EVANS AND GRIFFITHS

Swansea’s Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30KO) scored his 30th career knockout and continued his new chapter with a seventh round stoppage of London’s Courtney Fry (18-4, 6KO) last night in Liverpool. It was supposed to be a defence of Maccarinelli’s (12st 8lbs) Commonwealth title but confusion with Fry’s (12st 9lbs) mandatory check weigh-ins the week of the fight forced the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) to downgrade the bout to a standard ten rounder, not that the set distance mattered. After coming down from cruiserweight where he enjoyed a WBO world title reign, there has been murmurs of concern for Maccarinelli’s fragility at light-heavyweight but he looked strong last night and filled his six foot four inch frame. The opening round was a battle of the jabs as both attempted to claim centre ring and it was Maccarinelli who made his mark when he knocked Fry over in the last ten seconds of the round with a right cross-left hook combination. Aside from a switch off of concentration in round four, Maccarinelli edged every round as his power shots made more of an impact and he gradually slowed down a cagey Fry with left hooks to the Londoner’s liver. Fry enjoyed a fairly successful start to the sixth round, scoring a hard right hand to Maccarinelli’s head but the Swansea native kept shape and hunted his man down, dropping him heavily with a counter left hook later in the round. Fry rose up and appeared to be unravelling at the end of the round but he was saved by the bell and slumped in his corner stool. Picking up from where he left off, the end to fight came in the seventh round when Maccarinelli trapped Fry against the ropes with a huge right cross and when he followed up the attack with a left hook/right cross combination, referee Richie Davies and Fry’s corner ended the contest in unison. Undercard Maccarinelli’s stablemate Liam Williams (8-0-1, 3KO) of the Rhondda has the right to feel aggrieved after his eight round bout with Sheffield’s Tyan Booth (11-10-4, 2KO) ended after three rounds, in a frustrating Technical Draw. In his first fight at light-middleweight, 21-year-old Williams (11st 2lbs) began brightly and was winning while Booth (11st 3lbs 8oz), who has a history of accidental and intended head clashes, had a point deducted in round two for an intentional headbutt. In the third round, Booth was cut from another head clash, it was inspected by the doctor who advised the bout to be stopped and the referee obliged. As the fight hadn’t gone four rounds, it was ruled a Technical Draw and it gives Williams an undeserved blemish on his record. Blackwood’s Craig Evans (11-0, 3KO) out-pointed Spain’s game but gangly Andoni Alonso (7-5-3, 1KO) over eight rounds, via a 79-74 scoreline. It was clear form the outset that Evans (9st 10lbs) would find it hard to get Alonso (9st 10lbs) out of there and the Spaniard’s ambition is to be commended, especially as he stepped in on just one day notice. The styles didn’t gel and the bout struggled to get a rhythm but the 24-year-old southpaw banked another eight rounds that will serve him well when he moves to title fights next year under the guidance of St Joseph’s Tony Borg. There was a victory for another Tony Borg trained talent as Bridgend’s Danni Griffiths appeared in the away corner and upset Manchester’s Liam Cullen over four rounds, via a 40-37 score. Griffiths (14st 1lb 4oz) pressured Cullen (13st 12lbs 4oz) throughout and his output grew as the bout went on, giving him a deserved and hard fought win. The 18-year-old cruiserweight’s last two wins have been on the road and he deserves plaudits for it, especially in an age of prospects with protected records.

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