Wheeler dominates Cantillano to register another victory. Gareth Jones reports from ringside RYAN WHEELER took a 79-73 verdict from referee Mark Bates at Ashton Gate’s Dolman Exhibition Hall over yet another import from the crowded Nicaraguan quarter of Barcelona, Lesther Cantillano. The willing visitor was up against it from the opening seconds, when southpaw Wheeler caught him square with a backhand left. Ryan’s defensive work is admirable. His movement takes him away from most trouble and when Cantillano did manage to get his right swings on target, the Frome youngster invariably had his left glove in position to block them.
Life was harder for Bristolian Tim Cutler in his first eight-rounder. In the first minute, he stepped away from a close-quarter exchange with his hands down and was heavily floored by a sharp left from Seaham’s Jordan Ellison. Ellison, always good value, was unable to finish matters, but it was round three before a disoriented Cutler settled behind his jab, eventually edging Mr Bates’ 77-76 card.
The four-round undercard bouts saw the only quick finish when Taunton-based Pole Pawel August dropped 24-hour sub Curtis Gargano with successive lefts to the body and the Middleton man opted to let Mr Bates complete his count at 43 seconds of round two.
Nottingham’s “Punching Preacher”, Derrick Osaze, rained hellfire and brimstone on Westonsuper-mare’s Liam Hunt from the first bell, but the recipient battled bravely to survive the course and shared a session on Lee Cook’s 40-37 card.
Mr Cook had the same score in favour of two Bristol men. Tyler Davies saw off Stockport’s unambitious Jamie Quinn, while Sam Smythe coped well with Paul Cummings, from Warminster.
Midlander MJ Hall arrived without a win to his name, but caused plenty of problems for Exeter’s Faheem Khan, who squeaked home 39-38, Mr Cook again wielding the pencil.
THE VERDICT Another enjoyable Sanigar show, in which Cutler learns the importance of the phrase, ‘defend yourself at all times’.