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LIVE 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.

12:06am

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

12:02am

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

12:00am

Here comes the decision

11:58pm

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

11:58pm

That was a superb fight, it could go either way

11:56pm

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

11:54pm

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

11:52pm

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

11:48pm

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

11:46pm

Tchoffo is throwing that swinging left but Kelvin slips it

11:45pm

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

11:43pm

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

11:41pm

Those big shots from Tchoffo are having an affect

11:40pm

I have it level after six following the knock down

11:39pm

Great fight, they are giving there all

11:38pm

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

11:37pm

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

11:37pm

Young is using his superior skills more in the sixth

11:35pm

Tchoffo is looking tired in the corner

11:35pm

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

11:34pm

Big booming shots from both, this fight is exploding

11:32pm

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

11:31pm

Beautiful right hand from Young to end the fourth

11:30pm

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

11:29pm

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

11:27pm

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

11:25pm

Kelvin is adjusting better to the awkward style of Tchoffo now

11:23pm

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

11:22pm

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

11:19pm

That is a big first round for the challenger

11:19pm

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

11:18pm

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

11:15pm

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

11:15pm

Howard Foster is in charge, ninth round finish anyone?

11:14pm

Now it is Kelvin, to big cheers

11:13pm

Unsurprisingly he is booed

11:13pm

Tchoffo is being introduced to the crowd

11:13pm

Young is looking in good nick

11:12pm

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

11:10pm

Here comes the champion, the Young Gun

11:08pm

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

11:07pm

Tchoffo is in the ring

11:07pm

Here comes the main event

10:53pm

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

10:52pm

Jeff Hinds scores it 99-92

Howard Foster scores it 98-94

Mike Alexander scores it 95-96

The winner is Lawrence Bennett

 

10:51pm

Here comes the verdict

10:50pm

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

10:49pm

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

10:48pm

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

10:46pm

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

10:45pm

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

10:43pm

Neither have engaged and Terry has any word

10:41pm

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

10:40pm

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

10:36pm

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

10:32pm

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

10:31pm

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

10:28pm

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

10:28pm

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

10:28pm

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

10:27pm

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

10:23pm

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.

10:19pm

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

10:15pm

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

10:12pm

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

10:10pm

O'Connor telling the fighters to start bxoing

10:09pm

It is a very cagey start

10:08pm

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

10:07pm

There is big support here for Lawrence

10:07pm

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

10:06pm

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

10:04pm

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

10:02pm

Chris Keane is making his way to the ring

10:00pm

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

9:58pm

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

9:52pm

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

9:33pm

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

9:32pm

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.

9:28pm

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.

9:25pm

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

9:24pm

There are a lot of Pigford fans come up from Southampton

9:21pm

Here comes Gergo Vari

9:21pm

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.

9:18pm

The official verdict is Mucha wins 60-54

9:17pm

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

9:14pm

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

9:05pm

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

9:00pm

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

8:58pm

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.

8:50pm

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

8:48pm

The official verdict is Quaddus wins 58-56

8:47pm

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

8:44pm

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

8:40pm

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

8:39pm

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

8:35pm

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

8:32pm

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

8:27pm

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

8:22pm

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

8:20pm

Here comes Ambler

8:20pm

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

8:19pm

The official verdict is Jarvis wins 40-36

8:18pm

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

8:14pm

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

8:10pm

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

8:07pm

Carr is gassed midway through the second but is fighting on

8:06pm

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

8:00pm

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

7:56pm

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

7:54pm

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

7:53pm

It appears that the Ingram bout is off.

7:51pm

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

7:42pm

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.

7:38pm

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

7:34pm

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7:33pm

7:27pm

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7:21pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jonny phillips says

come on kelv wish newcastle was closer good luck mate

7:26pm

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.”

7:20pm

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.”

7:17pm

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

7:16pm

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.

5:39pm

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7:21pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jonny phillips says...

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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