IT’S early days but Clinton Woods is looking as good a trainer as he was a fighter.
The former world champ remains unbeaten as a trainer after enjoying four more winners on Dennis Hobson’s show Saturday night.
Topping the bill at Don Valley Stadium was light-middleweight Liam Cameron and Woods believes the former ABA champion faced his best opponent to date in Birmingham’s Terry Carruthers. Cameron looked like stopping the rugged Carruthers after an opening barrage almost put his opponent through the ropes.
But Carruthers fought back, proving that the best form of defence is attack. Cameron deserved his 11th pro win, the referee scoring it 59-56.
Light-heavy Reagan Denton recently joined Woods’ Westfield stable and he beat off Lincoln’s Ryan Clark 39-37. In a scrappy affair, Clark tried to give as good as he got against Denton, but was handicapped by the disparity in skill.
Woods’ two debutants Jamie Sampson (light-welter) and Lewis Taylor (middle) both recorded points wins.
Against battle-hardened Sid Razak, Sampson from Arbourthorne, son of former fighter Roger, started aggressively before easing off the pressure in the later rounds to record a 59-55 victory.
Dronfield’s Taylor beat Brighton’s Iain Jackson at middleweight. Taylor forced Jackson on to the ropes a few times, but Jackson held on to hear the final bell when it sometimes looked like a stoppage was forthcoming. The bout was scored 59-56. Woods took pleasure in seeing his unbeaten streak stretched but knows that the highest-rated amongst them, Cameron, needs to keep improving.
Woods said: “Obviously a defeat is going to come at some point, we just want to keep it going for as long as we can. I saw a lot of things from Liam that we need to work on. We’ll get back into the gym and start on the things we need to.
“It was a good fight for me to see where we’re at with him. Lewis boxed very well despite being full of nerves and Jamie dealt with an old campaigner who comes and has a go. Roger Sampson is a brilliant trainer and in Lewis and Jamie he’s given me two good guys to work with and I give him big respect for that.”
Another debutant, Mosborough’s Sam Matkin, looked impressive against Ibrar Riyaz. Reading’s Riyaz is a noted frustrater but flame-haired Matkin, fighting at light-welter, kept his cool and did some damage to his opponents head and body in a 59-56 triumph.
Darnall youngster Hassan Ahmed (super-bantam) looked to be just flaunting his way to victory until an explosive finish. Ahmed had showboated his way through the earlier rounds against Doncaster’s Andy Roberts. He landed regularly but didn’t show much menace against an opponent he beat on debut.
Then, in the final round, a cluster of shots landed on Roberts’ chin and he failed to make the referee’s count.