SHEFFIELDER Jon Ibbotson already has his sights set on another bruising derby after beating John Anthony.
Friday’s cruiserweight showdown at Don Valley between him and Doncaster’s Anthony ended in the third round, when a blistering combination put Anthony down.
After an even opening, Ibbotson begun to take control and made Anthony look like a desperate slugger. Whilst Anthony’s swings were being blocked, Ibbotson caught him with a cluster of shots that had Anthony covering up. A body shot then sunk him to the canvas and he was unable to get up in time.
Next up for Ibbotson is a Masters title bash with Thorpe Hesley’s Neil Dawson at Barnsley in September.
“Anthony has never been stopped in that manner before so I’m happy,” ‘Ibbo’ told The Star. “I know Neil’s won eight of nine but he hasn’t done 10 rounds before and he had a long lay-off before this year. I’m going to go to Barnsley and knock him out.”
Former world champ Clinton Woods had two boxers on the card, both picking up points wins. Light-heavy, Jamie Ward did well to overcome a first round knockdown against Adam Stretton. Ward got up from the canvas and boxed well to a 58-57 win. His stablemate, former English champ Femi Fehintola, beat journeyman Billy Smith.
Reagan Denton’s points win over Scunthorpe’s Jody Meikle was overshadowed by a bizarre injury picked up by referee Michael Alexander.
A tepid affair, the crowd were livened up when the most devastating blow of the fight landed accidentally on Alexander’s nose from Denton’s head.
Almost immediately after the collision, blood was spurting all over the canvas and Alexander required five stitches. Steve Gray stepped in to oversee the remainder of the fight which was scored 59-55 in Denton’s favour. The cruiserweight fight between Danny Tombs and Billy Boyle was a real war, edged by S18 gym’s Tombs on points. Tombs, a concussive hitter, bust Boyle’s nose in the first round with a thunderous uppercut. Boyle, though, gave plenty back over the four rounds and was unlucky to lose 39-37, although Tombs landed the heavier blows throughout.
It was all going well for Carl Wild until he let down his guard against Elvis Dube.
Glyn Rhodes-trained Wild beat Dube earlier this year, but a overhand right from the Derbyshire man put an end to this contest with only 2.23 on the clock.
Debutant Darnall featherweight Hassan Ahmed put in a dominant performance against Doncaster’s Andy Roberts. The 18-year-old trained by Chris Smedley earned a 60-55 win.