Unfinished Business: Undercard report
The Sanigar Events show at the Newport Centre got underway with Aberdare’s Morgan ‘Sexual Chocolate’ Jones (2-0, 1KO) scoring the first stoppage of his career, halting Latvia’s Edgars Sniedze (2-10, 2KO) in the second round of their scheduled six. In the first round, Jones prodded away with his long lead hand to the centre of Sniedze’s stomach, discouraging the Latvian from pressing forward. The hesitation allowed Jones to time a right hand over the top and Sniedze was pinned to the back foot by the end of the opener. Jones came out for the second round with his hands often at his waist and coupled with his upper-body movement, allowed him to duck and spring back up with hurtful power punches. The 24-year-old stayed composed and controlled in the second stanza with relative ease, finding the finish half way through the round. The super-middleweight from St Joseph’s Boxing Club landed a body shot and soon followed it up with another left to the head to drop the visitor, who also appeared to injure his hip as he fell. As Sniedze agonised in pain, referee Reece Carter reached the count of seven and waived the contest off. Bridgend’s Richie Canning (1-0) made a steady start against an active Danny Donchev (5-75-1, 1KO), recording his first professional victory courtesy of a 40-37 scorecard. Referee Martin Williams was rarely required as both boxers fought from medium range and punched themselves out of clinches when close. Donchev, a Bulgarian based in London, was refreshingly busy for a journeyman in the first round but his enthusiasm led to occasions clips from Canning’s quick left hook. Canning grew in confidence in the next sessions and it correlated with Donchev’s enthusiasm receding. The visitor was briefly warned for learning with his forehead but it was a mistake, rather than a foul. It was that stance that allowed Canning to find the room between the tight guard to land impressive left screw shots, on more than one occasion. Donchev would rush in with occasional flurries of arm punches but Canning, who is trained at Mountain Ash Boxing Club by Paul Paveldish, was wise to the attacks, taking a half step backwards and popping short straight shots in reply. The only criticism of Canning’s controlled performance was that the patient prospect was a tad left hand happy but he boxed well within his limits and has plenty more skills yet to be showcased. Cardiff’s Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley (1-0, 1KO) made a perfect start to his professional career as he knocked out Poland’s Krystian Nadolski (0-2) in the first round. Entering the ring as a Commonwealth Game bronze medalist and accompanied by ACDC’s Thunderstruck, it would be understandable if the full-time lifeguard felt the pressure but the 22-year-old looked right at home. The 6ft 4inch light-heavyweight owned obvious advantages of reach and height but he conceded centre ring and it soon proved to be a smart move. The Welshman walked Nadolski, who was knocked out in his only other professional outing, on to a right hand half way through the opener and it sent the visitor staggering in a neutral corner and to the floor. Bravely rising on the eight count, Nadolski soon wished he hadn’t as another similar long backhand sent him down again. Thorley rushed in for the finish and was guilty of leaving his chin high in the air but it didn’t matter, as seconds later he sent his battered opponent down for a third time, this time on his front. For the third time, Nadolski rose but referee Martin Williams wisely waved the contest off at two minutes and 23 seconds of the first round, sending Thorley in to celebration with his cornermen, which included former world champion Steve Robinson. Swansea’s James ‘Lights Out’ Lilley (7-5, 2KO) produced a strong first round stoppage of Cardiff’s Ameen Alkailany (0-2) to put a frustrating few weeks behind him. The 28-year-old was scheduled to box Tony Pace next month in an unofficial Welsh Area eliminator but was added to last night’s show at the 11th hour when Pace withdrew with an injury. The frustration was taken out an ever-willing Alkailany who was guilty of getting too close, too soon. The Iraqi-born light-middleweight attempted to seize centre-ring but he walked on to several counters from Lilley, who looked his best since returning from a four year break in 2013. The breakthrough came half way through the opener as Lilley timed Alkailany’s approach and stepped across him with a right hand, hurting Alkailany who was forced to cover up on the ropes. A follow up attack ensued and Alkailany’s guard was getting penetrated more and more, he was unable to recover as he lent against the ropes and referee Martin Williams waved it off after one minute and 52 seconds. Pontypridd’s Kyle Jones (2-0) was given the unenviable task of fighting as the last fight of the night but it didn’t disrupt him as he recorded a points victory over Portsmouth’s Lewis O’Mara (3-6). Referee Martin Williams scored the four round contest 40-37 to Jones who produced a more polished performance than on his debut, displaying a classy performance and making improvements since switching to St Joseph’s Boxing Club, under the guidance of Tony Borg. Image by Huw Fairclough.