THE whole Black Country Boxing show at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village was all done and dusted in around 90 minutes, with two of the scheduled five contests being over in the blink of an eye.
The main event (slated for eight) that pitched Nottingham’s Ekow Essuman in against Barcelona-based Nicaraguan
Nelson Altamirano lasted just 42 seconds. The visitor – stunned by the very first right hand thrown by Essuman, and having just about survived a two-handed burst to the head – was rescued by the night’s referee Kevin Parker following yet another weighty right.
A scheduled four between Nottingham’s “Punching Preacher”
Derrick Osaze and Trowbridge’s Jacob Lucas lasted just 26 seconds longer. The still-winless Lucas was counted out having risen to one knee in front of his own corner after being sent to the seat of his shorts by a precise right uppercut.
There was a big weight differential between Nottingham novice Siraj Ahmed and Reading veteran Ibrar Riyaz, who came in at a very late stage. Nevertheless, the well-supported Ahmed sneaked home by the narrowest of margins – 39-38.
Nottingham-based Welshman Carwyn Herbert had his arm raised at the end of a four-rounder against Hull’s Lithuania-born Zygimantas Butkevicius. Herbert claimed a 39-37 victory in a bout in which Butkevicius rallied late. It was closer than the scoreline might suggest.
Another four saw Stapleford’s Nathan Kirk take every session. In a contest spoiled by too much holding – the vast majority of which came from Lithuania’s Simas Volosinas – an increasingly frustrated Kirk got the win, but was guilty of throwing his opponent down a couple of times late on.