Troy Williamson prevails in an exhilarating battle, whereas Olympic silver medallist Pat McCormack blitzes opponent to win professional debut, writes Roy Kelly in Newcastle
TROY WILLIAMSON confirmed his championship qualities by climbing off the canvas to win the maiden defence of his British super-welterweight title in Newcastle on Friday (March 25).
The 30-year-old was floored by challenger Mason Cartwright within the second spherical of of their contest on Probellum’s present on the Utilita Area, however got here preventing again to clinch a unanimous factors verdict.
John Latham marked it 114-113, with Phil Edwards and Terry O’Connor having wider margins with scores of 116-111 and 117-112.
Williamson produced probably the greatest finishes in one of many best fights of 2021 when he snatched the Lonsdale Belt from Ted Cheeseman with a Tenth-round stoppage in Liverpool final 12 months.
He needed to slug it out within the trenches that evening and needed to do it once more entrance of his adoring followers within the North East.
Underdog Cartwright put “The Trojan” down early within the second, however utilizing an incredible jab and a few telling mixtures the Darlington fighter got here again to take a deserved victory.
Credit score should go to the person from Ellesmere Port for his contribution to an early struggle of the 12 months contender.
Supported by one other Geordie sporting god, Alan Shearer, Lewis Ritson made a triumphant return to the Utilita Area, the place he outpointed former world champion, Dejan Zlaticanin in a 10-rounder which didn’t end till Saturday.
The Montenegro boxer, finest recognized for a win on British soil in opposition to Ricky Burns, displayed loads of spirit however couldn’t stop the “Sandman” from clocking up profession win quantity 23.
Wanting full of life, Forest Corridor’s former British light-weight champ managed issues, profitable 100-90 (twice) and 100-91.
Tokyo silver medalist Pat McCormack made probably the most fast of transitions into skilled boxing with a 98-second victory over Justin Menzie.
The Washington 26-year-old, who has not taped up his gloves because the Olympics, was an irresistible power in opposition to the late substitute from Essex.
A physique salvo put down Menzie and whereas he was up by “9” referee Ron Kearney waved it off at 1-38 of spherical one.
Unbeaten Co Durham featherweight Thomas Patrick Ward made one other step in the direction of a world title struggle by outclassing Burkino Faso’s former African champion Alexis Kabore over 10 rounds.