‘SUGAR’ Shawn Grant dispatched Danny Brennan in impressive style to retain his cruiserweight title in the Neilson Promotions’ headline contest.
The talented Grant came into the contest with no losses in 11 fights and was in no mood to relinquish his unbeaten record in front of a packed out Oasis. Brennan took the bout at late notice and was up against in from the opening bell.
Grant was quick out of the blocks, delivering a huge right to the head of Brennan that noticeably shook the challenger. More was to come with another right hook to the head on the front foot glazing over the eyes of Brennan, who was offering nothing in return. One more stinging right was to follow, with the ex-MMA man somehow making it to the end of round one.
Brennan could not survive the next two minutes. Brennan initially pushed Grant back against the ropes to unleash some body shots of his own, but he left his chin badly exposed.
The champion sprung into life and delivered a crashing, right hook that sent Brennan crashing to the canvas. The challenger’snight was over.
Swindon’s Craig Leadbeater walked into the ring with real purpose and walked with a super-middleweight title just five minutes later in the next fight down the card.
Leadbeater was awarded victory after his opponent Jamie Gelder pulled out after the first round with a suspected broken hand.
In the fast-paced opening, and only, round of the contest Leadbeater was the better fighter, scoring with combinations to both the body and head of Gelder.
As the bell rang to start round two, Gelder shook his head and motioned to the corner that he did not want to carry on due to the pain in his hand. His withdrawal drew boos from the crowd, unhappy with the finish.
The night’s heavyweight bout went the distance, with ‘Big’ Phil Williams retaining his title against a spirited Rich Loveday.
Team Chubz’s Loveday was the underdog coming into the fight, and Williams’ quick combinations soon had him covering up. Williams, lightning quick for a heavyweight fighter, kept catching his opponent in the first round.
The pattern continued throughout the opening three rounds, with Williams bossing the contest in the centre of the ring, boxing behind his jab and delivering combinations at regular intervals. However, Loveday defended resolutely and never really looked in danger of being stopped.
In the fourth Loveday come alive, as he pushed the champion back onto the ropes to unload a barrage of his own. Roared on by his supporters and teammates, the challenger desperately tried to find a way of putting Williams on the mat, but it was not to be.
The show’s grudge match saw Luke Robinson doing enough to see off Jamie Ashby.
The war of words between Robinson and Jamie’s brother Lee has been well documented, and led to plenty of interest in this one.
Robinson bullied a clearly uncomfortable looking Ashby throughout and round two saw Ashby take two standing eight counts. Ashby hung on as the fight went the distance, with Team Chubz member Robinson getting the win on the judges’ scorecards.
In the night’s other bouts Carl Brewer was victorious against Jonnie Stokes; Alec Chappell-King beat Paul Bunney by majority decision; Gary Venton defeated Dave Marsh by unanimous decision; Steven Hughes was victorious over Mark Tring; James Aghabi defeated Shaun Reed; Bobby Collard won by unanimous decision against Steve Williams; Faz Farrell beat George Easdon by majority decision; Raj Badhan is victorious against Ant Green by unanimous decision.
Neilson Promotions next show is a super-middleweight prizefighter taking place at the Oasis on Friday, October 3, 2014.