Results round-up: Hughes and Evans with wins across the country
On Friday, part-Welshman Danny ‘Maxi’ Hughes (14-2-2, 2KO) ended six months of inactivity with a points victory over Cameroon’s game Abdon Cesar (3-5).
It was Hughes’ first fight since sustaining a broken nose and fifth round stoppage defeat to Martin J Ward in April. The 25-year-old returned under new management, leaving Rotherham’s David Coldwell to link up with Steve Wood, one of North England’s busiest promoters.
Hughes, who lives in Yorkshire and has family in South West Wales, didn’t have an easy touch to get back in the swing of things at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton, though. Cesar is no stranger to Britain, having fought all of his eight professional fights here and he’s twice caused big upsets, detailing undefeated prospects Ryan Collins and Atif Shafiq.
However, Hughes nullified Cesar’s reach advantage to stay a step ahead for the full six rounds and referee John Latham agreed, scoring it 59-55 in the southpaw super-featherweight’s favour.
On the same show, Aberystwyth’s light-heavyweight Jamie Ambler (12-62-2, 3KO) was out-pointed over four rounds by novice professional Charlie Schofield (3-0), courtesy of a 39-37 scorecard.
On Saturday, Wrexham’s Kerry Evans (6-0, 5KO) continued his knockout run by overcoming London’s dangerous Mark McKray (6-32-1, 5KO). The 33-year-old stopped McKray in the fifth of a scheduled six round super-welterweight contest at the Kings Hall in Stoke-on-Trent on a show promoted by Carl Greaves.
McKray has often sprung the upset from the away corner, knocking out unbeaten prospects but it was the Welshman’s turn to turn the tables on his game opponent, Evans continuing his development as one of the small hall scene’s most exciting operators. Evans has only boxed in his home country once, when he stopped the ultra-durable journeyman Kristian Laight, but he will return to Wales in his next outing.
Evans will appear in a 10 round contest on the undercard of Longshot Sport’s ‘Demolition In Deeside’ show in Queensferry on Friday 20th November.
Last weekend, Swansea’s welterweight Mano ’Lightning’ Lee (2-1) suffered the first defeat of his career, losing out to Atherton’s William Warburton (17-84-7, 3KO), one of the British boxing scene’s best journeymen. Younger brother Sonny Lee will soon join his sibling in the professional ranks. The Welsh Elite Championship’s 69KG finalist is due to turn over in 2016.
There was also defeat for part-Welshman as Yorkshire’s Ben Jack Davies (7-3-1, 4KO) was halted in six rounds on away soil against London’s Joe Mullender (9-1, 4KO) in a title eliminator on a Steve Goodwin show.
Tomorrow, Aberdare’s super-middleweight Morgan Jones (3-0, 1KO) and Mountain Ash’s Tony Dixon (5-0, 1KO) will appear in separate bouts on a dinner show in London.