Revenge is sweet for champion Robbie Barrett

Robbie Barrett piles on the pressure against Ismail Anwar. Picture: James Williamson
Robbie Barrett piles on the pressure against Ismail Anwar. Picture: James Williamson
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Robbie Barrett tasted revenge as well as victory in the defence of his Central Area lightweight title.

Barrett, from Darfield, earned a 98-93 decision over former foe Ismail Anwar at Barnsley Metrodome on Friday night.

Southpaw Barrett lost his unbeaten record to Anwar two years ago but has rebuilt under Stefy Bull and put on a display of slick offensive and defensive work to retain his crown.

Barrett coasted to the decision with Huddersfield’s Anwar rarely troubling him along the way.

Fellow Barnsley fighter Ben Davies was also involved in a ten round contest but his was far more dramatic.

The middleweight stopped ex-Welsh champion Frankie Borg in the ninth after proving to be too strong for the Cardiff man.

Davies had his man down in round one with a stiff straight shot but Borg, who had world featherweight champion Lee Selby cheering him on, responded and clawed his early deficit back.

Borg lost a point in round five for a low blow but was still pinching rounds until Davies put an end to his resistance.

He caught the tiring Borg in the corner and sent him flying with a right hand before decking him with an upper-cut forcing the fight to be waved off.

Barnsley’s English super-featherweight champion Andy Townend warmed up ahead of his first defence with a six round win against Pole Lukasz Janik.

Townend lost just one of the rounds as he prepares to defend his title against Lee Glover in Leeds in September.

Light-middleweight Wayne Reed returned to winning ways with a stoppage win.

Parson Cross’ Read has lost his last two but James Conroy from Luton proved to be little match for him.

Conroy’s corner threw in the towel during the third round with Reed well in the ascendancy.

Rotherham’s Lee Appleyard endured a nightmare day. Scheduled opponent Jason Nesbitt pulled out on the morning of the fight and it left manager Dave Coldwell having to plead online for an opponent.

Glossop’s Adam Hague answered the short-notice call and took the fight as his professional debut.

And Hague proved to be too good for light-welter Appleyard who consistently fell short in attack. He fell to a 58-57 defeat and lost his unbeaten record.

Barnsley’s Tony Cruise, Jack Churchill and debutant Ryan Hinchliffe all claimed comfortable points victories.

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