Stuart Brewer and Ricky Rowlands get the ball rolling for new era at Arthur’s Gym
2002 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jamie Arthur has amassed an ambitious crop of new professionals to join the paid code and they got the ball rolling last night at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil.
Penygraig’s welterweight Stuart Brewer (2-0) reintroduced himself to Welsh fight fans with a dominant 40-35 points win over Torquay’s game Jack Green (0-12) to open Sanigar Events’ show.
The welterweight made his debut in 2012 and bravely recovered from a heavy first round knockdown to out-point the late journeyman Billy Smith. Five years of inactivity later, proceedings were far smoother for the switch-hitter this time.
Brewer, who represented Wales as an amateur in his teens, prodded and poked his way through Green’s looser guard comfortably in the early exchanges. It set a pattern that showed no sign of reversing and Brewer remained on the front foot in the following rounds.
Green, who made the journey from Torquay on just seven hours’ notice, was often wise to avoid any serious danger and wheeled away to the ring’s outskirts whenever Brewer aimed a second phase of attack.
However, the distance between the pair decreased in the fourth and final session, allowing Brewer more success and he made his mark with 30 seconds to go. A two fisted attack temporarily parked Green on his backside, though he got up to deservedly hear the final bell.
Tredegar’s well-supported Ricky Rowlands (1-0) made his long awaited debut and looked red hot in welcoming the winless Paul Cummings (0-5) back to Wales.
The six-foot super-welterweight had been set to turn over in 2014 but was derailed by a medical issue. However, Rowlands kept the faith and his fan base, showing no sign of ring rust as he bullied Cummings across the ring.
Cummings’ long frame was forced to suck up several rib-crunching right hooks in the opening session. The visitor was trapped against the ropes and given no inch of space when he tried to turn away to safety.
Rowlands more was relaxed in the second round, allowing his levers to float at waist height before springing them in to action. They were effective in dealing with Cummings’ height and he was made to pay when he held his head too high.
In a clever attempt to create openings, Rowlands often swayed side to side, tempting Cummings to engage. When Cummings took the bait, Rowlands would quickly pivot out of harms way in to a punching position.
The 22-year-old is another from Arthur’s burgeoning stable, which is benefitting from a hungry ethos of hard working up-and-comers.
In the coming weeks, two more from Arthur’s Gym will turn professional. Barry’s Joe ‘JD’ Jones and Caerphilly’s Callum Busuttil will both feature at lightweight on Sanigar Events’ show at the Newport Centre on Friday 7 April.
Arthur has also signed Blaengwynfi’s Aled Cook (1-0). The talented middleweight was last seen making his debut on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly vs Sergey Kovalev way back in 2013.
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