Welsh Elite Championships: Quarter-finals results
Earlier today, the Welsh Elite Championships heated up with 15 fights at the quarter-final stage to set up a simmering semi-finals tomorrow afternoon, back at the Gilfach Goch Leisure Centre. In today’s most intriguing bout, Splott’s Jamie Evans edged out his namesake, Jamie Evans of Dowlais, with a razor thin Split Decision. Dowlais’ Evans had entered the tournament with hopes of winning his third straight title in the 75KG weight category but never got to grips with his elusive opponent. At one point, both boxers were told by the referee to actually throw punches as they jostled for position in a highly technical fight. Splott’s Evans had been sparring Trowbridge’s two-time British title challenger Nick Blackwell at Gary Lockett’s gym and that training with fully fledged professionals paid off for the 19-year-old southpaw. In another intense tactical battle, Arthur’s Joe Jones pushed Pontypridd’s highly rated Lance Cooksey to the wire in their 64KG meeting. A relaxed Jones took advantage of Cooksey’s eagerness in the opener scoring with solid left hooks to shock the favourite. However, Cooksey showed his experience and wisely adapted, waiting for Jones to initiate exchanges, which led to far closer rounds with little to choose between both boxers. In the afternoon’s bravest display, Barry West End’s Alan Lamb survived to see the final bell following an early – and absolutely thunderous – first round knockdown, courtesy of a huge backhand from Tylorstown’s 64KG Thomas Williams. The pair were able to hit each other in similar fashion but Williams’ stronger shots always seemed to have greater effort, forcing Lamb to call on every ounce of energy, testament to his supreme fitness levels. In the weight category above, Pontypool’s Kieran Gething produced a spirited comeback to halt Dyffryn’s Jozef Egan in the second round. In the opener, Egan’s flurries ambushed Gething, before he spun off and used every inch of the ring to allude last year’s beaten finalist. However, Gething applied more blatant pressure in the next round, pinning his opponent to the ropes and unleashing a two fisted barrage that forced a count from the referee. When asked if he wanted to continue, a clearly uncomfortable Egan shook his head and opted not to, sending Gething in to celebration. In the 81KG division, Welsh squad members Calum Evans and Aaron Bird overcame spirited challenges from Afan Spartan’s Denziel Goodridge and Tylorstown’s Laurie Davies, respectively, in two of the day’s most entertaining fights. The light-heavyweights’ victories, both on points, set up a tasty semi-final between the pair that will take place tomorrow. The full results from the quarter-finals are below: 60KG: Billy Edwards (Dyffryn) beat Arron Atkins (St Joseph’s Cardiff) via Unanimous Decision. 64KG: Gavin Gwynne (Trelewis) beat Tom Hearn (Llandudno) via Unanimous Decision. Thomas Williams (Tylorstown) beat Alan Lamb (Barry West End) via Unanimous Decision. Maredudd Thomas (Colcot) David Stansfield (Chepstow) via Unanimous Decision. Lance Cooksey (Pontypridd) beat Joe Jones (Arthur’s) via Unanimous Decision. 69KG: Connor Vian (Army) beat Jake Coombs (Prizefighter) via Unanimous Decision. Ben Crocker (Premier) beat Arran Games (Brecon) via Split Decision. Kieran Gething (Pontypool) beat Jozef Egan (Dyffryn) via Technical Knockout in round two. 75KG: Jamie Evans (Splott) beat Jamie Evans (Dowlais) via Split Decision. Daniel Barton (St Joseph’s Newport) beat Spencer Thomas (Towy) via Unanimous Decision. Steven Burnett (Tiger Bay) beat Adam Davies via Unanimous Decision. Phillip Evans (Prizefighter) beat Miles James (Ystrad Mynach) via Unanimous Decision. 81KG: Calum Evans (Prizefighter) beat Denziel Goodridge (Afan Spartans) via Split Decision. Aaron Bird (Port Talbot) beat Laurie Davies (Tylorstown) via Unanimous Decision. Aaron Canning (Brymo) beat Morgan Rees, Referee Stops Content in round three. Nethan Nichols (Pantside) beat Ryan Simpson (Welshpool) via Split Decision.