Olympics runaway Serge Ambomo has a lot to learn as he switches from amateur to pro boxing.
But the Cameroonian granted asylum after skipping the London Games has much to discover out the ring too. His lack of English language meant he confused his “check-weight” procedure for the formal weigh-in. He quickly filled up with carbs and water and was 11st 3lbs compared to his Saturday opponent Matt Seawright’s 10st 8.
After much debate, Seawright, (now W5 L86) agreed to box, but over 4x2 minute rounds.
Predictably the welterweight was a punch bag, surviving a crashing left hook to the jaw in the first round as the powerhouse Ambomo, 27, romped to a win at Concord Sport Centre, Shiregreen, Sheffield. More on Ambomo later this week,in The Star.
On the rest of the bill, Sam Sheedy oupointed Adam Jones. There were wins for Matthew Brierley, Tommy Chadburn, Ben Wager and Lee Noble.
On Dennis Hobson bill at Ponds Forge on Friday two bantamweights provided the pick of the bouts on the promoter’s first show since his split with Jamie McDonnell, former IBF world champion in the same division. Chris Smedley-trained Hassan Ahmed, a low guard, switch-hitter in the Naz-style (including leopard skin shorts) took on Ingle man Anwar Alfadi. It was an aggressive six-rounder, with Ahmed looking more like an Ingle boxer than the Ingle boxer! Ahmed’s cocky style, including a hands-behind-his-back routine, almost back-fired as Alfadi overcame a dodgy start to finish strong. Ringside opinion favoured Alfadi or a draw but the ref handed a single-point win to Ahmed.
Top of the bill Lewis Taylor, watched by his ‘Nanna Emily’ (biggest fan/moste sever critic) beat York’s Harry Matthews in every round, but couldn’t find a KO. Dronfield’s Taylor dominated in a solid if not spectacular way, his big shoulders launching powerful jabs and hooks, mainly into Matthew’s arms. Taylor moves to 11+0 and a title match at Leeds on December 21.
Rotherham heavyweight Kash Ali had a two-stone advantage over Lithuanian Rolandas Cesna. Ali may not be the last word in accuracy and speed but he’s a big unit, and at 21, there’s time to develop. He opened up a big cut on the top of Cesna’s head before taking his sixth straight points win. Cesna, with staring eyes and Mohican haircut, looked like a blood-stained extra from a horror film at the end.#
Another Rotherham fighter Atif Shafiq moved to seven straight wins and Sheffield debutant super bantam Uzair Najib bloodied Jack Heath’s nose before outpointing him.
Sheffield welterweight Dale Hutchinson’s direct southpaw technique afford him a win Disney Huni.