By Peter Wells
COYLE VS CAMPBELL MATCH IN SUMMER COULD HAVE PROMISE
The huge summer showdown is still on track, with both Tommy Coyle and Luke Campbell winning at the Ice Arena in Hull. But it could so easily have gone terribly wrong in the main event when Coyle was floored in the 2nd round by former British champion Martin Gethin. The punch was reminiscent of Coyle’s knockout loss to Derry Mathews.
This time however Coyle 21-3(10) managed to rise from the setback and took control of the fight before Martin was forced to retire at the end of the 5th with a perforated eardrum, an injury which has haunted Gethin 25-7-1(11) in recent years.
Coyle boxed well, kept Gethin walking after him, and Gethin – notably a slow starter – was unable to close the gap and capitalise on his early knockdown shot.
There was as much relief as excitement when the fight finished for Coyle, Hearn, Campbell and all the Hull fans in attendance.
The all-Hull clash will be set for the summer, likely at the KC Stadium, and Campbell 10-0(8) who impressed again last night with a 3rd round win will go in as the rightful favourite.
EGGINGTON VS SINGLETON
Sam Eggington 14-2(8) stamped his authority once again with a decisive 5th round stoppage of Shayne Singleton to claim the WBC Silver Welterweight title.
Singleton 20-1(6) was dragged into a war early, Eggington landing a flush right hook to drop Singleton in the 2nd round. Sam continued to pile on the pressure as he tagged and hurt Singleton on multiple occasions in the early stanza’s.
Singleton’s knees buckled badly in the 3rd as Birmingham’s Eggington landed another clean looping right.
Singleton seemed to be happy enough to trade in the 4th, but not so in the 5th when Eggington dropped the Lancashire fighter twice with the right cross, forcing Victor Loughlin to make the right decision and wave off the fight.
Eggington continues to improve with a 4 fight knockout streak, and the future is looking brighter with an all Brummie clash with Frankie Gavin as a real potential clash in the summer.
OCHIENG VS KNIGHT
To start the show Erick Ochieng was robbed of the solid victory over Tom Knight by referee Howard Foster.
Ochieng scored two knockdowns of the inexperienced 5-0-1(1) Knight in the 4th round after controlling the opening half of the 8 rounder.
Ochieng 16-4-1(4) seemed to tire in the 2nd half of the contest, but still did enough for my liking in rounds 6 and 7 to stamp a comfortable 78-72 points win.
However Mr. Foster saw things differently to everyone else watching, scoring the bout 75-75.
Credit must go to both boxers, Ochieng for showing such great improvements from recent defeats, boxing intelligently and showing quality defensive skills even when under heavy pressure. Knight must also receive huge praise for coming back from a horrid 4th to show great heart and he certainly proved he can learn on the job.
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