Results round-up: Hughes, Sheehan, King, Brooks

Results round-up: Hughes, Sheehan, King, Brooks

On Friday, Danny ‘Maxi’ Hughes (13-1-1, 2KO) collected his first career title with a ten round decision win over Kakhaber Avetisian (35-24-1, 17KO). The half-Welshman scored a shut-out, and gave Avetisian a count in the sixth round, to win the International Masters super-featherweight title at the Sheffield Ice Arena on Coldwell Boxing’s ‘In The Line Of Fire’ show. Doncaster’s Hughes, who is normally trained by Gary Lockett in Cardiff, was unable to attend training camp in Wales due to family problems and he suffered two withdrawals of opponents. However, despite the testing circumstances, Hughes produced one of his most polished performances and moved towards a British title shot. The British super-featherweight championship is currently owned by Gary Sykes who is enjoying a second title reign. Ronnie Clark, who drew with Hughes in 2012, is due to face Troy James in an eliminator and Cardiff’s Gary Buckland is due to return to the weight category to reclaim domestic honours. On the same show, Aberdare’s Lance Sheehan (5-4, 1KO) lost to Fergus Taylor (6-0-1) and suffered his fourth straight defeat. The 27-year-old lightweight was typically game throughout but a cut to his left eye and a suspected broken hand didn’t help his fortunes. Referee Howard Foster scored the four round contest 40-37 in favour of Taylor. Nathan King (14-24, 1KO), Sheehan’s fellow Mountain Ash Boxing Club stablemate, was edged out in an even closer contest against Jamie Hughes (5-0). The Welshman was aggressive throughout and appeared to do enough to at least earn a draw in the four rounder but referee Alvin Finch scored the contest 39-38 against King, who boxes again this weekend, against prospect Tom Baker (9-0, 2KO) in London. On Saturday, Cardiff’s Wayne Brooks (7-3-3, 4KO) drew with Manchester’s novice professional Sam Hyde (2-0-1, 1KO). The four round fight was scored 38-38, handing 27-year-old Brooks the third draw of his career. Richie Garner, who trains Brooks, contacted BoxingWales and claimed that the Welshman was “robbed in England by a hometown decision”. Brooks was on the road and appeared in the away corner on the undercard of Matchroom Sport’s ‘Glory Road’ show at the Phones 4U Arena. Brooks will next appear in the ring against Craig Kennedy. The Welsh title will be on the line, along with local bragging rights, in the chief support contest on Sanigar Events’ ‘Dragon Fire’ show in Merthyr Tydfil on October 24th.

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