Mansouri impresses but makes semi exit

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NAVID Mansouri will be handed a quick chance to get back to winning ways after exiting Prizefighter narrowly at the semi-final stage.

The stylish Rotherham fighter impressed and only lost out on split decision at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Mansouri beat Notts bruiser Curtis Valentine in his quarter final, his effective body shots slowing up Midlands middleweight champion Valentine. A dominant last round saw the 26-year-old through on a split decision.

His semi against Terry Carruthers from Birmingham saw Mansouri ordered to do more in the final round by trainer Dave Coldwell and he duly delivered with a few ferocious barrages but the nod went to Carruthers who was stopped in the final by novice Nigerian Larry Ekundayo.

Mansouri returns to the ring at the Magna Centre later this month and then seeks revenge against Carruthers.

Trainer Coldwell said: “We’re gutted because we thought he’d won it. It’s a six rounder next and then we’ll get a re-match with Carruthers over a longer distance and I’d fancy Nav to stop him later on.”

At iceSheffield on Friday, Jez Wilson faces Huddersfield’s Alastair Warren who lost to Wilson’s stablemate Wayne Reed this year.