Home sweet home as local fighters sweep the board

Andy White (left) is pictured on his way to  victory.
Andy White (left) is pictured on his way to victory.

It was a clean sweep for newly-formed promotional outfit JE Promotions on the Easter weekend in Worksop with all five home fighters walking away with another win on their records.

The 750-capacity North Notts Community Arena hosted a professional boxing show for the first time in its history on Saturday.

First up was a super-lightweight contest between Harworth’s Josh Morgan (5-1-1) and Plymouth’s Ross Roberts (2-2).

The 26-year-old home fighter was back in the ring after a year out but there was no ring rust as he put in a dominant display to defeat the 33-year-old Devonian convincingly.

The second bout of the night was JE Promotions’ latest signing in 30-year-old Richard Thomas (2-1), from Doncaster, up against Polish boxer Grzegorsz Semik (0-2) in a four-round bout at light-heavyweight.

Thomas started strong and took the opening round but 27-year-old Semik seemed to claw is way back into the contest in the middle rounds until the local lad landed a thunderous right hand to force the stoppage just 20 seconds into the penultimate round and has yet to hear the final bell toll in his pro career so far.

The third bout of the night was a cruiserweight contest between Yorkshire’s popular Darren Snow (2-2-1) and Latvia’s Jevgenijs Andrejevs (10-68-2).

Roared on by the home crowd, Snow started fast and possessed the edge in power over the 34-year-old southpaw from Riga. Snow was in full control of the bout with his in and out tactics and laid on the pressure but Andrejevs kept going and entertained the crowd with his showboating.

The 34-year-old cruiserweight from nearby Dinnington took all four rounds on the referee’s scorecards to win 40-36.

Snow already has his next fight slated for April 16 in Bristol against Henry Smith (4-3).

Exciting young debutant, Dan Cooper (1-0) from Lincoln burst onto the scene with a first round stoppage win over Birmingham’s Shane Dragonslayer (0-6). The former unlicensed boxing star, managed by Scott Calow, impressed in his first paid gig against the 27-year-old Midlander who has yet to slay any opponents, losing all six fights in his pro career as the away fighter.

Headlining act, light-heavyweight Andy White (2-1), 26, also triumphed in a shutout points victory over Curtis Gargano (0-12-1) over four three-minute rounds at light-heavyweight.

White started brightly by taking the centre of the ring, keeping Gargano at bay with fast combinations worked to the head and body, and the referee Kevin Parker scored all four rounds to the home fighter.

Promoter Joe Elfidh, a former Central Area title contender from Harworth, commented on the successful event: “The night was a success and I’ve already got plans to put more shows on in the area. It was a welcome return to professional boxing in Worksop and the first of many, we hope.”

Now residing in Kent, ‘The Moroccan Machine’ who once shared the ring with two-time WBO World featherweight champion Scott Harrison concluded, “Thanks to 1 Click Print and Roof Dec and Fighting Fit Gym who are helping by sponsoring the shows.”