Boxing: Title success for Tucker

Daniel Slaney connects with James Tucker
Daniel Slaney connects with James Tucker
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SAVE the best for the 70th.

That will be the new motto of Bessacarr journeyman James Tucker after a brutal stoppage of Doncaster rival Danny Slaney in their British Masters Bronze title showdown at the Racecourse on Friday night.

A clubbing left hook was followed by a series of heavy shots that had Harworth’s Slaney dazed and gave referee Michael Alexander little choice but to wave the fight off with 35 seconds of the penultimate round remaining.

There was another bad night for Conisbrough light heavyweight Arron Boyce who now has two defeats from two professional fights.

Boyce was in a bad way by the time the final bell rang after an incredibly composed show from debutant Craig Nicholson who took a 39-37 decision.

Featherweight Warren Nixon enjoyed a winning debut against fellow first timer Alex Phillips despite touching down twice. Nixon was on his knees after a rather innocuous looking shot in the second while a much stiffer uppercut sent him down again in the fifth.

But Hatfield’s former military man was the better of the two throughout the fight, particularly when fighting on the inside as the bout wore on. Nixon earned a 57-56 decision.

Harworth cruiserweight Matt Brierley was given a tough ride by the imposing Simeon Cover but secured a 39-37 points win.

Cover outweighed Brierley by more than a stone and the difference told as he imposed himself. Brierley struggled to string a great deal together as he was walked down by Cover but did enough to justify the scoring.

Elsewhere on Friday night, Curtis Woodhouse lost his English light welterweight title after coming out on the wrong end of a controversial split decision against Shane Singleton in Manchester.

The former Sheffield United skipper was thought to have been well ahead of his rival after an intriguing first defence of the crown. But only one of the three judges gave the fight in his favour 96-94 with the other two ruling 96-94 and 95-94 in Singleton’s favour.

Woodhouse is now thought to be considering his future in the sport.