RESULTS ROUND-UP: WOODRUFF, COOPER, OSMAN, PATTERSON AND MORE

It was a busy weekend for Welsh boxing with a number of fighters active on the road, ranging from the south coast to Scotland and BoxingWales has news on all of the results… Welsh lightweight champion Craig Woodruff (5-3, 2KO) was stopped in the fourth round of his fight with Martin J Ward (8-0, 4KO) at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow. Woodruff began the bout, which had been scheduled for six rounds at super-featherweight, brightly and his longer reach allowed him to catch Ward when the Englishman thought he was out of range. As they entered the fourth round, Woodruff would have been the happier of the two but Ward found space in between Woodruff’s wide hooks to land an uppercut that startled Woodruff and a quick follow up attack bundled the Welshman to the floor. When he stood up Woodruff appeared fine to carry on but he glanced to his corner as the referee asked if he was okay to carry on and the misunderstanding prompted referee Kenny Pringle to end the contest. On the same show in Scotland, Aberystwyth’s super-middleweight Jamie Ambler (10-54-2, 3KO) was out-pointed by David Brophy (10-0-1) with the eight round bout scored 80-72. Meanwhile on the south coast, Bargoed’s Gary Cooper (3-12-1, 1KO) dropped Brighton’s Lloyd Ellett (14-0, 3KO) with a right hand in the second round of their British Masters light-middleweight title fight but the Welshman was outpointed over the ten rounds. Referee Marcus McDonnell scored the ten round contest 97-95 to Ellett to extend his unbeaten run and Cooper, who accepted the bout on just two week’s notice, only enhanced his reputation as one of the most value for money ‘away’ boxers in Britain. In Bristol, Treharris’ Luke Osman (3-12-1, 1KO) picked up his first victory in four years as he out-pointed debutant Liam Hunt (0-1) at the City Academy in Bristol. Osman, a middleweight, decided to stand with Hunt in the opener and push the debutant back but as the fight progressed, the Welshman established his range to use the ring and his experience effectively. Referee Ian John-Lewis scored the bout 40-37. It was refreshing to see that on the well matched show, which was co-promoted by Hennessy Sports and Sanigar Events, there were three wins for ‘away’ boxers and a draw on the eight fight card. In London, Cardiff’s Lewis Patterson (3-2, 1KO) returned to winning ways with a four round points victory over Ireland’s Paddy McDonagh (9-2) via a 39-38 scorecard. It was the first time Patterson fought since breaking his hand in a Welsh title loss to Tobias Webb a year ago and it’s likely that the 28-year-old light-heavyweight will be looking to contest another Welsh title soon. At the same venue, Ferndale’s Chuck Jones (4-14, 2KO) gave hot prospect Romeo Romaeo (3-0, 1KO) all he could handle but was squeezed out on the scorecard, losing 59-57.

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