By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Matty Fagan is in pole position to fight for a shot at the English title.
The Ellesmere Port lightweight, who has just one blemish on his nine-fight record and entered the ring almost Miguel Cotto-like with no music and hood up, won an eliminator for the title at the Sports Village.
He came up against Newark’s Adam Kettleborough, who slipped to 8-2, in the headline act on Jason Mccrory’s ‘Nightmare In Ellesmere’ show.
The pair couldn’t be split in the opening few rounds, with both having even success in the fight, but as the rounds continued Fagan began to gain the upper hand, snapping back the head of Kettleborough on several occasion with the accumulation of shots.
A warning for a low blow came for the 27-year-old in the fifth, but it didn’t deter him and he continued in the same vain as before, controlling the fight to take a pretty comfortable points decision of 97-94 on referee Mark Lyson’s scorecard.
Ciaran McVarnock, a gym-mate of bill-topper Fagan, advanced to 4-0 with a four-round points win over the durable Qasim Hussain, while fellow Arnie’s Gym man, Mason Cartwright, claimed a fourth successive points win against Ryan Toms over six rounds.
Elsewhere, Jazza Dickens advanced his ledger to 20-1 with six early finishes.
The British super bantamweight champion, who was added to this card a few weeks ago to shake off ring rust and to get ready for a more meaningful fight in the autumn, went the distance with Spain-based Nicaraguan Arnoldo Solano before being handed the decision by referee Mark Lyson (60-54).
Jazza’s gym-mate Steven Lewis extended his unbeaten run to double figures, stopping the vastly overmatched Karoly Lakatos inside just two stanzas after an accumulation of shots forced referee Mark Lyson to step in.
Meanwhile, Matty Askin dealt with Tamas Bajzath in double-quick time.
The contest was set for eight, but the English cruiserweight champion –– who’ll defend his belt against Lawrence Bennett in October –– got the limited Hungarian out of there in two rounds after a duo of heavy knockdowns.
And Tyrone McCullagh got his pro career off to a flyer with a two-round stoppage against Tamas Laska.
But while James Metcalf impressed against Chris Jenkinson in his first outing since joining MGM Marbella, winning inside the distance to move to double figures, there was disappointment aplenty for fellow Liverpudlian Ryan Vaughan, who was due to face Curtis Gargano in the light heavyweight division.
Sat in a local restaurant prior to the evening’s boxing, Vaughan was alerted –– via a phone call –– that his contest with the man yet to win a fight in nine was off after a failed medical.
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