LiveLIVE BOXING: Kelvin Young gunning for glory

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  • Kelvin Young defends his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental title for the first time.
  • Lawrence Bennett faces Chris Keane in a British cruiserweight title eliminator.
  • Swindon-based super-middleweight Tariq Quaddus faces Welshman Jamie Ambler over six rounds.


That's it from me, but see all the reports and reaction in Monday's Advertiser, it was a thrilling way to end the night


The judges have it as a majority decision


Reg Thompson 96-94

Mike Alexander 96-94

Matteo Montella 96-96

And still the IBO inter-continental champion Kelvin Young


Here comes the decision


It was all action, fair play, Tchoffo came to win


That was a superb fight, it could go either way


That's a brilliant fight, I have Kelvin winning 97-95 after getting off the floor, but he doesn't seem confident, Tchoffo does


Both fighters come out firing at the start of the final round, and getting through


Tchoffo extremely wild towards the end of the ninth but Young slips them to move two points ahead going into the final round


Better work from Kelvin there, edged it for me to move 77-76 ahead on my card


Tchoffo is throwing that swinging left but Kelvin slips it


Bit of a break as they sort the taoe on Kelvin's glove


Pretty even 7th, hard one to score, I'll give that level


Those big shots from Tchoffo are having an affect


I have it level after six following the knock down


Great fight, they are giving there all


Tchoffo has come on strong Kelvin doing well to see the round out and has got his legs back


Boom, Tchoffo cathces Young and he is down, but he beats the count


Young is using his superior skills more in the sixth


Tchoffo is looking tired in the corner


But we here the bell for the 5th, very even, but great action in that session


Big booming shots from both, this fight is exploding


Tchoffo has come out firing in the fifth, Young is trying to stay out of range


Beautiful right hand from Young to end the fourth


Now Tchoffo is cut above the left, again clash of heads


Tchoffo is cut under the right eye after a clash of heads in the fourth


Kelvin is getting better as the fight wears on, but Tchoffo is lively and game, however, the way he keeps swinging he will gas late on


Kelvin is adjusting better to the awkward style of Tchoffo now


The better work there was from Kelvin, but Tchoffo is still having his successes


This is much better from Kelvin, he is staying out of range, getting off some shots and getting away, but Tchoffo has responded with a big right


That is a big first round for the challenger


Tchoffo continues to walk him down firing off some big shots.


Kelvin is in trouble, Tchoffo is unloading and getting through in the first


And here we go, Kelv making his first defence of his IBO title


Howard Foster is in charge, ninth round finish anyone?


Now it is Kelvin, to big cheers


Unsurprisingly he is booed


Tchoffo is being introduced to the crowd


Young is looking in good nick


Ticker tape has been let off in Young's ring walk


Here comes the champion, the Young Gun


Now we await the IBO super-middleweight inter-continental champion, Penhill's finest, Kelvin Young


Tchoffo is in the ring


Here comes the main event


Bennett is jumping for joy, but I'm sorry, how did Hinds score it 99-92, it was not that wide


Jeff Hinds scores it 99-92

Howard Foster scores it 98-94

Mike Alexander scores it 95-96

The winner is Lawrence Bennett



Here comes the verdict


We are awaiting the verdict, reckon it'll be a spilt decision


You can tell neither are sure, neither are raising their arm, it was a poor fight to be honest, just hope Bennett gets the decision


Bennett is staying out of range, Keane  letting go with some shots, has taken the final session, I make it a win for Bennett 97-96


Neither men are sure they have done enough and are finally fighting in the 10th


Very, very poor round, we go into the final round, I have Bennett 88-86 up but the judges may see it differently


Neither have engaged and Terry has any word


Looks like Keane has hurt his right bicep, it is getting iced in between rounds


This is far from a classic, but Bennett is doing what he has to do to win. Keane comes forward but Bennett manages to counter, those single jabs are scoring


Both men staying out of range, Bennett relying on the single jab again


Both Boxing News and myself have Bennett up by a point after 6 rounds


Clear round for Bennett, came straight out connected with the right jab, engaged and had Keane on the backfoot, the clearest session yet.


At the midway points I have Bennett 48-47 up, but it is very, very close


At the midway points I have Bennett 48-47 up, but it is very, very close


At the midway points I have Bennett 48-47 up, but it is very, very close


The fifth has been very scrappy, but Keane has done the cleaner work, trying to unload a couple of times.


We finally have a fight, Bennett puts some pressure on Keane working on the inside and starting to throw some combinations. Keane throws a couple of good left hooks towards the end of the round.


Both engaged a little more in the third, Keane determined to land with his big right and Bennett trying to stay away and nick the rounds with the jab


Keane is determined to throw big rights, managed to connect with one, but Bennett is largely staying out of range, getting ina few jabs.


That was a very, very cagey round, neither really engaged, Bennett did manage to connect with two jabs, but not great


O'Connor telling the fighters to start bxoing


It is a very cagey start


Keane doesn't look in the greatest shape, this just could be Bad Boy's night


There is big support here for Lawrence


This is a big test for Bennett, Keane is a hard puncher, but I just feel Bad Boy will be able to stay out of range and snatch a narrow points decision


Bennett is looking relaxed as he makes his way to the ring


And here is Swindon's Southern Area champion, Lawrence 'Bad Boy' Bennett


Chris Keane is making his way to the ring


Here we go, then, the fighters are just about to do their ring walks


Looks like Birmingham's Terry Connor officiating this bout, always liked how he handles the fighters, he's a good ref


We are just minutes away from Lawrence Bennett's British cruiserweight title eliminator against Chris Keane.


The Pigford fans however have got a little lively and the security are holding them back


The fight is over, Pigford drops Vari with a powerful body shot, he gets up but more pressure sees the referee rightly step in to stop the contest.


Pigford is just too much for Vari, he went down in the first but ruled as a slip. 

The Southampton man has got out of first gear yet.


Will this go the distance, I don't think so


There are a lot of Pigford fans come up from Southampton


Here comes Gergo Vari


The crowd are getting up now, the beer is kicking in no doubt. Joe Pigford is up next, he has had five fights, five wins, four by stoppage.


The official verdict is Mucha wins 60-54


Mucha won every round against a durable opponent, it has to be 60-54


Just put a quick report from Tariq's fight on the Adver website, while Tamuka has won all five rounds here and we are in the final round


Mucha looking comfortable but Mitchell is durable and isn't going anywhere


Just spoke to press colleague from Boxing News and said that Tamuka looked spiteful in the first round, and he's looking pretty good in the second


Just had a quick chat with Tariq and Rich and they are satisfied, felt the scoring was fair and they will learn from it and move on.


We go for the third bout of the night, Tamuka Mucha against Dee. Mitchell


The official verdict is Quaddus wins 58-56


Tariq is looking composed again in the final session, getting through the poor Ambler defence again. I score it 59-55 for Quaddus


Ambler has his first bit of a success, hurt Tariq late on, but we go into the final round


I thought the fifth would be the round it would end, let's see if I'm right, I'm not so sure anymore


Another round for Tariq, having more success with the left going straight through Ambler's guard


Tariq gets through with a big left that hurts Ambler, who is doing his best to cover up


Good start to the second from Tariq, but Ambler came on strong in the final 30 seconds, but not enough to take the round


Expected Tariq to be a bit busier but he has completely dominated, get through Ambler's poor defence


Here comes Tariq Quaddus, he has got quite a few fans in tonight


Here comes Ambler


Next up tonight is Tariq Quaddus. He faces Jamie Ambler over six rounds.


The official verdict is Jarvis wins 40-36


Carr is throwing wildly but there is no power, fair play I didn't think he'd hear the final bell, but for me Jarvis wins 40-36


Quieter rounder, but the cleaner work again coming from Jarvis, Carr is just trying to survive. I have Jarbis three up


Another round in the bank for Jarvis hit Carr with a big right to the mid section, Carr is blowing hard


Carr is gassed midway through the second but is fighting on


Comfortable first round for Jarvis, controlled and caught everything Carr had to throw at him


Thomas Jarvis and Trowbridge's Dan Carr coming to the ring


Looks like we are getting ready for action, the MC has just climbed into the ring


Thomas Jarvis is first up, then Tariq, Tamuka is third on, followed by Joe Pigford and then the two main events, Bad Boy Bennett and then Kelvin Young


It appears that the Ingram bout is off.


The crowd is slowly to start to grow here, not sure what time the action is set to get underway, probably around 8pm


There are seven fights on the bill tonight.

Gloucester middleweight Wayne Ingram goes over four rounds.

Reading's Thomas Jarvis faces Dan Carr over four rounds in the light-middleweight division.

Southampton welterweight Joe Pigford faces Hungarian Gergo Vari over six rounds.

Reading welterweight Tamuka Mucha tackles Mancunian Dee Micthell overs six rounds.

While Quaddus, Bennett and Young will be looking to entertain the home crowd in their fights.


First up for the Swindon boxers on the bill at the Oasis Leisure Centre is Tariq Quaddus.

He will face Welshman Jamie Ambler, the man he made his debut against more than five years ago.

Quaddus is making he first appearance over six rounds.

He hits hard to the body and I feel he could force a fifth round TKO


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7:21pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jonny phillips says

come on kelv wish newcastle was closer good luck mate


Kelvin Young tops the bill tonight as he puts his IBO belt on the line for the first time.

His opponent Francis Tchoffo is short and stocky, wild and erratic.

Here is what Young said to me in the build up:

KELVIN Young insists that he has not yet reached his peak as he prepare to defend his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental title for the first time tonight.

The Penhill pugilist puts his belt on the line at the Oasis Leisure against Cameroon-born Frenchman Francis Tchoffo.

And while Young has been growing into the 12 stone weight division for 18 months, the 27-year-old former middleweight believes that his power is still developing.

“We said I needed a year at this weight,” he said. “I was getting down to middleweight and it was killing me, it took a lot out of me.

“I needed a minimum of a year at super-middle to fill in it to. I’m getting there now, I don’t think I’m there fully yet.

“I’m getting stronger and still growing, but I’m comfortable at super-middle now sparring people like (WBA and IBF world champion Carl) Froch is helping me.

“I’m only 27, maybe in another two years I’ll be at my best, I’m getting there.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there on Saturday night and putting on a great performance for Swindon.

Although Young has only been able to study his opponent since Monday, he says that this has been his best training camp to date.

Prior to defeating Sam Couzens for the Southern Area title he sustained a cut and had to stop sparring a month prior to the contest.

And in the lead up to winning his current belt, against Bulgarian Alexey Ribchev, Young peaked too soon.

“Everything has brilliant. I have not had a better camp, this is up there with the Sam Couzens camp (the second time), even then I had a cut three weeks before and had to stop sparring,” he said.

“This camp, everything has been absolutely brilliant, there will be no excuses come fight night, I’ve just got to go out there and do a good job.”


Here is what Bennett had to say to me in the build up to fight night:

LAWRENCE Bennett insists that he will not rely on the single jab tonight as he looks to secure a shot at the British cruiserweight title.

The 31-year-old Southern Area champion will face Chris Keane later tonight in an eliminator for a chance to fight either Lonsdale belt holder Jon-Lewis Dickinson or Commonwealth titlist Ovill McKenzie, who also battle it out tonight.

Bennett secured his title in March when he out-pointed Margate’s Jack Morris in London with his jab proving to be too much for his opponent.

But against a dangerous puncher like Keane, the hometown southpaw will need to show more than he did against Morris.

And while Jamaican-born Bad Boy is hoping that his compatriot McKenzie comes through in Newcastle, he knows what he has to do this evening.

“I think we need to put the combinations together a lot more, fight in bursts,” he said. “I’m not going to go in swinging though.

“I will put my shots together a lot better and our combinations, do what I do best, work off the jab, but being a lot busier than against Jack Morris.

“There is going to come point when we are going have to fight.”

Bennett believes that he will be able to work a greater tempo against Keane having been focused on a 10-round contest throughout his training camp.

“When I was training for Jack Morris, that was a four-rounder camp, I was doing six-rounds on the bag hard, doing stuff based around a fast fight,” he explained.

“Then we had to reshuffle the game plan, I had to get my mind around doing 10 rounds and I did it pretty well I thought.

“I was a little bit like hestitant that I could do the 10 rounds, I had only ever done four-rounders before.

“My previous four round fight was diabolical, I needed gas and air after the first round.

“So going into a fight more than double, I was very careful not to blow myself out, I needed to pace myself right.

“I needed to make sure that he didn’t come on strong, I needed to make that I could 10 rounds.

“I know that I can do it now, I can up the pace if I need to and I know that I can step on the gas, we stand there and fight or we can go back to our boxing.”


Bad Boy is round here by the press bench and he is confident that he can beat Keane.


Good evening and welcome to Live boxing from the Oasis Leisure Centre.

Kelvin Young makes his first defence of the IBO inter-continental super-middleweight title he won in December.

He faces Cameroon-born Frenchman Francis Tchoffo.

Chief support to Young's title defence is Lawrence Bennett faces Chris Keane in a British cruiserweight title eliminator.



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7:21pm Sat 7 Jun 14

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come on kelv wish newcastle was closer good luck mate
come on kelv wish newcastle was closer good luck mate jonny phillips
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