THERE are a few mouthy middleweights in South Yorkshire but Matthew Mallin made his own voice heard by stopping Jack Sunderland.
The Barnsley youngster, 21, was dominant in his win over Leeds’ Sunderland at Barnsley Metrodome, forcing his opponent to retire in the corner ahead of the fourth round.
It was a dominant display from Mallin. He floored Sunderland with a right hand in the second round and a bust up eye forced him to retire.
He claimed the International Masters middleweight title with the win and is now seven unbeaten. ‘Buster’ as he’s known, isn’t one to call people out but his trainer Mick Wale does the talking for him.
“The likes of Adam Etches run their mouths in the paper but Buster’s better than him,” he said.
“I rate Liam Cameron but he’s too heavy at middleweight. We’re looking at Jason Ball for the Central Area (light-middleweight) title next.
“That was a punch perfect performance from Buster. He was patient, used his ability and followed instructions.”
Sheffielder Ryan Hardy opened up the show and edged an entertaining clash with Doncaster’s Charlie Thompson by a single point. The light-middleweights had a decent scrap but Hardy was mostly the aggressor to claim a 58-57 win.
Hometown lightweights Robbie Barrett and Ben Wager got their own points across with comfortable victories.
Darfield’s Barrett outclassed Steve Martin from Malta with a fine boxing display in his 39-37 win. Wager, from Monk Bretton inflicted a fair amount of leather on seasoned Kristian Laight, who survived the distance but lost every round.
Trainer Glyn Rhodes was forced into rescuing super-bantamweight Ross Burkinshaw at Don Valley Stadium.
Up against South African Michael Ramabeletsa, Burkinshaw was caught with a left hook in the fifth and Rhodes reacted quickly by throwing the towel into the ring. It was Burkinshaw’s first fight since another retirement in late 2010 and his future in the game is now a matter of debate.
“He was taking too many head shots. It didn’t go down too well with the crowd but I can live with that,” said Rhodes.
“He’s getting married in three weeks and he needs a rest and to think about things.”
It’s Ramabeleta’s first win in six attempts after re-locating to Bristol from Soweto and he has been beaten by mostly top level domestic fighters like Brampton’s Josh Wale.
Light-heavy Carl Wild beat Elvis Dube in their fourth meeting. Wild put any lingering doubts over Dube’s bogeyman status with a points win after he lost and drew to the Jamaican last year.
Middleweight Dave Fidler could only manage a draw with Derby’s Simone Lucas and Daniel Slaney from Doncaster recorded a points win over Adam Stretton.