BOXING: Crowcroft enjoys the last laugh

Luke Crowcroft lands a left hook against Jody Meikle. Picture: Trevor Price.
Luke Crowcroft lands a left hook against Jody Meikle. Picture: Trevor Price.
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Luke Crowcroft had the last laugh as he bested fighting funnyman Jody Meikle at Doncaster’s Dome.

The Scawthorpe youngster maintained his 100 per cent record with a comfortable points win in his fifth contest on Friday night.

As expected, this was the most low key event Stefy Bull has promoted to date after a string of injuries and opponent withdrawals denied action for fighters such as Gavin McDonnell, Micky Davies and Andy Townend.

Nevertheless, there was plenty of tantalising action delivered from the five fight bill.

Topping the card was three time former junior national amateur champion Crowcroft against Scunthorpe journeyman Meikle, contesting his 50th bout.

Given Crowcroft’s relative inexperience in the pro game, there was some concerns that Meikle could cause him a few problems.

But clearly keen to enjoy his half centenary of fights, Meikle was at his most playful rather than most threatening.

Yawning after taking a barrage of shots, lounging on the ropes and taking the time to taunt Crowcroft’s support, ‘The One Man Riot’ somewhat stole the show in his own inimitable way.

But Crowcroft deserves plenty of credit for keeping his cool and sticking to the plan while his opponent had many in the audience in stitches.

There was no getting drawn into Meikle’s games as the straight-faced 19-year-old worked the jab well and consistently plundered a right hook to the head.

This pattern was consistent throughout the six round contest but even Crowcroft drew a smile in the final round after Meikle kissed his forehead during a clinch.

Referee Michael Alexander awarded Crowcroft a 60-55 decision, with Meikle’s share of a round probably coming as a present for his 50th fight.

Starting out on his professional career was Aston Jolly and an accomplished opening it was.

The rookie light middleweight bested journeyman Dee Mitchell over four rounds with a performance that belied his inexperience.

Jolly worked the jab superbly, consistently piercing Mitchell’s guard, and he looked incredibly comfortable in a professional ring.

Swinton welterweight Tommy Coward picked up a 59-56 points win in an unremarkable clash with Duane Green.

Coward controlled the early rounds with a simple approach but his grip loosened as the bout wore on with Green finding gaps.

Lightning would not strike twice for Edlington’s John Anthony in his scrappy rematch with Irish champion Paddy McDonagh.

Anthony inflicted the only defeat of McDonagh’s nine fight career in April but lost 59-55 on points this time.

The light heavyweight was far too predictable, barreling in with an overhand right that McDonagh easily telegraphed and countered.

The only bout not to feature Doncaster interest was a six round super bantamweight cracker between Lincoln’s Bobby Jenkinson and Sheffield-based Hungarian Adrian Fuzesi.

The patient Fuzesi was in a secure position throughout the early part of the bout, consistently punishing weak defence from Jenkinson and splattering his nose.

But Jenkinson roared back in a breathless fifth round, pummling the Hungarian with a relentless assault.

A lack of power from Jenkinson meant Fuzesi never looked like being toppled but the fifth round assault and more unanswered shots in the early part of the sixth saw Alexander wave the fight off in the Lincoln man’s favour.