Results round-up: Webb, Rees, Hughes, Pryce

Results round-up: Webb, Rees, Hughes, Pryce

Welsh super-middleweight champion Tobias Webb (15-3-1, 2KO) was unsuccessful in his ten rounder with Sheffield’s Liam ‘Cannonball’ Cameron (18-3, 6KO) on Frank Waren’s Saturday show. All three judges scored in favour of Cameron, courtesy of 97-94, 97-93 and 98-93 scorecards. The bout was sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) as an eliminator for the 168lbs Lord Lonsdale belt which is currently held by Paul Smith, who is due to rematch Arthur Abraham for the WBO world title in February. It was the first time that Swansea’s Webb, who is trained by fellow fighter Chris Ware, went the ten round distance, having been scheduled for it twice before. On the same show, it all went wrong for Tonypandy’s talented Lewis ‘Rhondda Boy’ Rees (9-1-1, 5KO) as he suffered a shock defeat to William Warburton (14-69-5, 2KO). Referee Michael Alexander scored the six round contest 58-57 in favour of Warburton, handing Rees his first professional defeat at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield. In April, Rees appeared weight weakened at light-welterweight when he drew with Renald Garrido. In an effort to correct the problem, Rees returned from eight months of inactivity at welterweight. However, the Welsh champion still seemed drained as the energy deserted him the longer the contest progressed. Warburton, a tasty journeyman from Atherton, was competing in his 19th fight of the year. It’s not the first time Warburton has tested a Welshman, having recently pushed Dale Evans and Tony Dixon close, eventually losing out on points on both occasions. There was a silver lining for Gary Lockett’s stable as Maerdy’s Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes (2-0, 2KO) ended his contest with Dudley’s Jamie Gelder (2-5) in the opening round. The middleweight hadn’t scored a single stoppage in over fifty amateur fights but has now scored consecutive knockouts since turning professional in May. 20-year-old Hughes had ‘Aggy – You’ll Never Walk Alone’ embroidered in to the waistband of his shorts in tribute to Grant Agg, a close friend who passed away last month at just 22-years-old. Hughes is scheduled to return to the ring for a third time in February. On Friday, Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (35-19, 18KO) was out-pointed by the unbeaten Damian Jonak (38-0-1, 21KO) in Poland. Three judges scored the contest 76-75, 76-75 and 77-75 against Pryce, a former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion who has now won two of his last 11 outings. The Welshman, who has recently opened his own amateur boxing club, was given a count in the fifth round but got up quickly and protested that he had slipped. With the round therefore being scored 10-8 to Jonak, it proved to be costly for Pryce who needed just one more point on the scorecards to take a Majority Decision draw. It is the third fight in a row that Pryce has lost out narrowly on the road, having been edged out against Lee Markham and Sam Sheedy by a single point on the scorecards.

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