By Ashley Ball: IT was an unpleasant night for the trio of Welsh boxers fighting at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on Friday night. All three tasted defeat, two in the first round to debutants whilst one was forced to retire through injury. Fighting at featherweight against Ingle-trained Nottingham fighter Leigh Wood, Ferndale’s Chuck Jones’ four fight winning spell came to an end. The opening two rounds could’ve gone either way but Wood was seemingly edging ahead. Not that that had anything to do with Jones’ retirement on his stool at the end of the second round. The young southpaw had little reason to pack in and cited a hand injury for his withdrawal. To plead his case he even showed his injured hand to opposing trainer Dominic Ingle. Jones’ record now stands at 4-9-2. Llandeilo super-middleweight Joe Jones knew from the very first bell that he was in for a tough outing against Doncaster’s Jamie Hughes, who enjoyed a successful amateur career. Hughes rattled Jones with the first punch of the fight and promoter Dave Coldwell knew from that point on that it wouldn’t last long. “I don’t think he realised how big a puncher Jamie is and he found out pretty soon and didn’t want anything to do with it,” said Coldwell. “He takes tough fights but this was too tough for him.” A series of lefts had Jones retreating before one got through and sank him to his knees and he didn’t even attempt to beat the referee’s count. No doubt disappointed that he didn’t have a sterner test, Hughes seemed apologetic to his fans and didn’t celebrate his 44 second demolition. Jones’ record now falls to eight defeats from eight starts. Also winless Jerome Samuels had a second unsuccessful trip to South Yorkshire in a fortnight. Samuels was beaten on points last week by Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy at the Barnsley Metrodome but Dronfield first timer Rod Smith beat him more comprehensively. Lively Smith raced out of his corner and unleashed a torrent of shots onto Samuels and dropped him twice before the contest was ended with just two minutes and 14 seconds on the clock. Samuels is now 0-4. You can follow Ashley Ball on Twitter @AshleyJarnoBall.

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