Sam Matkin certainly knows how to thrill in title fights...he just has not fathomed how to win them yet.
Matkin and Dale Hutchinson put on a thrilling Sheffield derby at the Octagon last night with the referee unable to pick a winner.
Hutchinson started well but Matkin looked the heavier hitter throughout the contest which ended with both men covered in blood and swinging from the hip.
Matkin also drew in his last crack at a title last year and the British Masters light-welterweight title eluded him here as Hutchinson earned the 96 all draw.
Kas Hussain could not claim a belt either as he went down to a 76-75 defeat to Oxford’s Leo D’Erlanger.
D’Erlanger, under Ingle guidance, almost threw the fight away with a points deduction for a punch below the belt. His good early start ensured he took the British Masters super-featherweight title home though. Lightweight Jamie Sampson’s unbeaten record went to Huddersfield dangerman Ismail Anwar.
Southpaw Sampson looked out of sorts and Anwar pinched his scalp 58-57.
Super-bantam Ross Burkinshaw picked up his first win since 2010 with a third round stoppage over Georgian Levan Garibashvili.
Uzair Najib, also at super-bantamweight had little trouble negotiating the test that Lithuania’s Aivaris Balsys posed. Najib ran out a 40-37 winner.
Debutant brothers Pharys and Ramzy Nassa both scored wins on the same show. The super-bantam duo did it with different scorelines.
Ramzy came through an energetic contest with Scot Chris Liddell 59-56. Pharys wore down Georgian David Kvaratskhelia and got a 60-54 verdict.
Doncaster heavyweight Dave Allen got a routine points win against Ugandan Moses Matovu.
Two Sheffielders had mixed fortunes in title action in the away corner.
Welterweight Ryan Hardy upset Steven Pearce at Walsall Town Hall.
Hardy thoroughly earned a 98-95 decision for the British Masters welterweight title.
Hardy’s trainer Sean Thickett said: “Ryan boxed very well. He was too sharp and smart for a very strong and game lad.
“He has showboated a bit in the past and the referee came over after the sixth to tell him to stick to his boxing. I’ve been telling him that for years!”
Veteran Carl Wild lost 80-72 on Friday night against scouser Carl Dilks in the pair’s third meeting. Dilks took home the International Bronze Masters belt.
Thickett will get a chance to claim another title next weekend with Barnsley’s Ben Davies fighting Telford’s Kieron Gray at the Metrodome on Friday.
n Amir Khan has taunted Sheffield rival Kell Brook saying he’s not at the top of the sport.
Khan, who recently missed out on a money spinning fight with pound for pound number one Floyd Mayweather, tweeted saying a fight with Brook is not what he’s looking at.
Khan tweeted: “Fighting Brook won’t get me the Floyd fight...fighting Broner, Guerrero, Alexander and Porter will.”
Eddie Hearn has reportedly offered Khan £5 million for a domestic showdown with Brook.