Naseem Hamed is beaming again - even though one of his predictions for his new protege hasn’t come true.
Naz, who is managing Lincoln light heavyweight Callum Johnson had predicted that “his first ten fights will be ten knockouts and he’ll be world champion within three years.” On Saturday, Johnson could record only a points win in the four rounder, his second professional fight. Scunthorpe’s Jody Meikle, who has lost his three other pro fights, managed to last the distance at Braehead Arena, Glasgow against Johnson, who is nicknamed ‘The One.’
Mdeanwhile, Stannington puncher Billy Boyle will want to forget his visit to Manchester on Saturday, a visit to the Velodrome complex which saw him halted inside a minute by Heywood cruiserweight Martyn Grainger. With the opening shots barely out of the way the Glyn Rhodes fighter fell victim to a cuffing right to the head and a crunching follow-up left to the body, leaving the official no option but to step in and call a halt as Billy dropped to his knees in a neutral corner.
Earlier in the evening Sheffield’s Dean ‘Dynamo’ Walker, who had stepped in at just a few hours notice following the withdrawal of Barnsley’s
Lee Noble, went down to a 40-37 four round points defeat at the hands of decent Merthyr Tydfil super-middleweight Kerry Hope, referee Steve Gray scoring in favour of the Welshman who improves to 13-3 as a result.
Dean, always a punch behind, saved his best work for the closing round, during which he banged in a few decent shots to the head.
Sheffield duo Wayne Reed and Patrick J Maxwell are on the card for TV Prizefighters’ ‘Super-Middleweights II’ show in Liverpool’s Olympia on March 23.
Others on the event are Liverpudlians Carl Dilks, Tony Quigley and Robin Reid as well as former World Champion Adrian Dodson, unbeaten Welsh prospect Tobias Webb, and Leicester hitter Jahmaine Smyle. The winner pockets at £32,000 cheque.
Three days before that, Dave stages a busy bill at the Magna Centre, Rotherham. Unbeaten Navid Mansouri tops the bill.