Paul ‘The Spartan’ Economides (13-5) suffered his fifth career defeat when he was stopped by South African hard man Michael Ramabeletsa (11-10, 5KO).

The pair clashed in Liverpool on a Coldwell Boxing show in an eight round contest but it was over in the seventh, the doctor deemed Economides’ eye to be too badly injured for him to continue.

On the same show, North Wales’ former Welsh ABA super-heavyweight champion Andrew Wyn Jones (1-0) made his debut and overcame the value-for-money journeyman Moses Matovu (4-34-4) in a four round contest. The pair went toe-to-toe and Jones pipped his opponent with the referee scoring it 39-38 to the Welshman.

Yesterday Jamie Ambler (10-53-2, 3KO) had the call to face British super-middleweight champion Paul Smith (34-3, 19KO) and tonight he was in London to fight him. The ever-reliable Aberystwyth native stepped in late and did himself justice, going six rounds with Smith who won via a 60-54 scoreline.

It was lively enough, Ambler barely held like many journeymen do and he let his hands go as much as he was allowed to. The Welshman’s efforts were appreciated by Smith who showed his class by holding the ropes open for Ambler to exit the ring at the end of the bout.

On the same show, there was no luck for Carmarthen’s Dale Evans (7-1-1, 3KO) who saw his bout with to Eric Ochieng (14-2, 4KO) called off. There were sixteen bouts scheduled and it was revealed at 00:00am that the British Boxing Board of Control’s timing restrictions meant that the bouts that were yet to happen, which included Evans’, weren’t allowed to go ahead.

There are no winners; the boxers have dieted and trained for no fight, the fans will be out of pocket after travelling more than 200 miles and it’ll cost the promoters. Expect a solution to be sorted and for Evans to fight on Matchroom’s February 1st show in Cardiff.

What was surprising was that in September, the Southern Area board officials allowed Billy Joe Saunders’ British title defence to go on until past 1:00am but didn’t allow tonight’s show to carry on.

Evans’ stablemate and adopted Welshman, Maxi Hughes (10-1-1) picked up his tenth professional win on Friday night in Sheffield on a Coldwell Boxing show. The 23-year-old had dropped and rocked Gloucester’s tough Andy Harris (3-10) before he suffered a nasty eye injury, the doctor deemed him unable to continue and it went to the scorecards which were in Hughes’ favour by a 49-46 score.

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