It’s a long time since I saw support similar to that which came the way of Nottingham-based Londoner Derrick Osaze who, almost two hours after opening the show with a 60-54 six-twos win over Bognor’s Callum Ide, was still posing for photos ringside with his numerous followers.
Peckham-born Osaze, of Nigerian heritage but now living in Thamesmead and a preacher in a Pentecostal church, had the name “Del Boy” on his waistband but he wasn’t here to play for laughs. After being in charge from the very start he richly deserved to triumph.
Another six-twos, between Nottingham’s Omari Grant and Braintree’s still winless Dylan Draper, ran true to form. Grant, controlling proceedings from the outset, taking every session on Mr Parker’s scorecard.
A mooted bout between unbeaten Leicester super-welterweight Abraham Horner and Brierley Hill’s gritty MJ Hall was scuppered just a day beforehand after Horner slipped and injured a shoulder. Hall didn’t go without a fight though, he instead took a late notice job in Wigan [see previous page].
THE VERDICT It would be a bonus if some of these Nottinghamshire venues were actually fitted with working heaters.
Fans create fine atmosphere, writes Andy Whittle from ringside
NOMINAL bill-topper Ekow Essuman secured victory number six at a frigid but noisy Bingham Leisure Centre, proving too busy for Islington’s stubborn Jordan
Grannum who for the 16th time in just six short months found himself a points loser. This time the margin of his defeat being 60-54, as Botswana-born Ekow, living up to his nickname of “The Engine”, eased to victory on the card of referee for the night Kevin Parker. I thought Worcester’s always game
Michael Mooney might have done just enough to nick a share of the spoils at the conclusion of his six-threes against Derby’s lightly-bearded Sahib Mann. Referee Parker, however, was of the opinion that “Saby”, who had been drummed to the ring and cheered on by enthusiastic support, had done enough via a 59-57 score.
Source: Boxing News 21st December 2017