WEBB KEEPS FOCUS, JENKINS IMPRESSES AND FULL UNDERCARD REPORT

If there’s one man that is benefiting from Paul Boyce Promotions’ service to boxing in south-west Wales then it’s Swansea’s super-middleweight Tobias Webb. Webb (12st 7lbs) continued his education on Friday night at Swansea’s Oceana nightclub with a 60-53 points win over the ever entertaining journeyman, Jody Meikle (12st, 7 1/2lbs). Boxing within his limits, 24-year-old Webb was content to establish the jab in the early exchanges as he stalked Meikle who wasted in no time to begin taunting. After initially being wary of Meikle’s unorthodox approach, Webb started to look to make a mark on Meikle. In the middle rounds Webb had found his range and he was able to plant his feet to step in with lead overhand rights-left hook combination to gain the respect of Meikle on more than one occasion. The journeyman stayed durable, giving Webb valuable rounds to learn and Meikle sent out a few reminders of his own to keep Webb on his toes as he approached. After an early round warning, referee Clarke Joslyn took a point off Meikle later in the sixth, the offence wasn’t clear but a series of playful incidents had led to the referee losing patience. Webb upped the pace to close the bout but the punches landing on his Scunthorpe based opponent were met by a cheeky grin. Gaining continuity under Boyce has been key for Webb and after his second six-rounder in three months, the experience is building (although it’s likely Webb won’t experience anything like Meikle again) towards mounting a Welsh title bid within 12 months. JENKINS A CLASS ABOVE It’s obvious that Cwmcors ABC light-welterweight Chris Jenkins (10st) won’t need to hang around with too many more fighters like Lithuania’s Arturas Zbarauskas (10st 1lbs) after a brutal body attack almost folded the Eastern European in half in the first stanza of their scheduled four rounder. It took the 24-year-old just 46 seconds to get to grips with Zbarauskas, starting with a series of left hooks to the body, before spinning off behind his jab to walk his unfortunate opponent on to a thunderous uppercut to his mid-section. After wincing in agony on the canvas, Zbarauskas was back on his feet at the count of eight. Keeping composed, Jenkins revisited Zbarauskas’ body and with the Lithuanian desperate to defend the section of ribs that had just been dented, it left a gap on the other side for a Jenkings right hook to hit which again dropped Zbrauskas – who to his credit got up again, only for referee Reece Carter to wave the fight off. Jenkins now improves to 3-0, 2KO and his talent continues to justify his amateur pedigree that includes World Amateur Championships and Commonwealth Games appearances. UNDERCARD Light-middleweight Darren Bushbye (11st 2lbs) made an impressive return to the ring after an enforced one year absence with hand injuries, out-pointing the skilful journeyman Dee Mitchell (11st 6lbs) 40-36 over four rounds to progress to 3-0. Mitchell surrended his matching height to pressure Bushbye who utilised his superior reach to put three and four punch combinations together and when they weren’t landing, they were catching the eye and doing enough to keep Mitchell occupied. It wasn’t all long range, and when Mitchell pressure paid off so he did catch up with Bushbye to ask questions in the fourth round, the Swansea man tucked his defence up and was able to match Mitchell with short uppercuts before turning his opponent for more space. Ammanford’s welterweight Leon Findlay (10st 11lbs) was a surprise victim to the upset victory of Birmingham’s debutant Sam Eggington (11st) on points with Reece Carter scoring it 39-37. After out working Eggington for the first round, Findlay seemed flat compared to his previous performances and Eggington was more than willing to take full advantage. Coming forward in straight lines, Findlay walked on to jabs and when they landed Eggington would sieze the front foot to attack and off balance Findlay – whose record now stands at 2-1-1, 1KO. 30-year-old light Greg Pickin (9st 13lbs) picked up his second career win with a shut-out 40-36 points win over slippery journeyman Ibar Riyaz (9st 12lbs). Pickin began taking the fight to his opponent but his plans were frustrated when Riyaz picked up a right elbow injury. Now forced to throw the vast majority of his punches with his left lead, Riyaz opted to hit and hold which slowed the rhythm of the fight down and smothered Pickin’s best efforts. FULL HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO

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