On Saturday night Birkenhead played host to the latest promotional offering from Steve Wood's VIP Boxing Promotions.
The card was stacked with great local talent and the headline act was non other than local boy Sean 'Masher' Dodd. We review the fights on the card and the overall show.
First up was the professional debut of Liverpool lad Brendan Kenwright vs Danny Little in a four round bout. The fight was was great display of Kenwright's abilities as he boxed behind the jab very well against a very game Little. Over the course of the four rounds Kenwright shown a great variety of punches to back up Little on various occasions, but Little had his moments and gave Brendan a great learning experience for his first outing.
Winner - Brendan Kenwright via a points decision.
VIP's Lee Hogan spoke to Brendan after the fight which you can watch below.
Next up was Skelmersdale's Colin Day going up against Steven Backhouse. Backhouse had recently picked up a win at the York Hall after a spell of defeats and was more than up for the task of taking on Day.
Colin Day came out of the blocks flying and put the pressure straight on the travelling Backhouse, who didn't seem to be able to get out of first gear. Day comfortably won the first round, but in the second really stepped up the pressure and put Backhouse on the seat of his pants after an accumulation of punches. Backhouse never recovered from the knockdown and Day saw the opportunity to put his opponent away, the fight was waved off by the referee in the second round with Day extending his record to 3-0 (1KO).
Hear what Colin Day had to say after the fight
Another local prospect Ged Carroll was up on the card next taking on journeyman Jamie Quinn. Carroll was looking to take his record to 6-0 and came out using all his natural height and reach advantages over Quinn, he utilized the jab exceptionally well and threw combinations to the head and body which kept Quinn on the back foot. There were some moments where Quinn tried to mount an offence but Carroll used his great footwork and evaded any incoming shots.
Ged Carroll picked a points victory over the four rounds and now moves on to the next challenge.
Check out what Ged has to say post fight.
Next up was the fight of the night, Holyhead's Mark Evans against Ricky "Battalion Stallion" Starkey. The fight immediately exploded in the opening round with both men exchanging heavy blows. Evans kept Starkey on the back foot with the high pace he had set and Starkey reacted with some great counter punching. The fight continued at this high pace until the third round where Evans threw a great right hand straight down the middle which put Starkey on the canvas. Starkey got to his feet but was still on wobbly legs after the knockdown, Evans went straight back in with a left cross which put Starkey down again but this time he was not able to get up and the fight was waved off.
Winner - Mark Evans via TKO
Hear what Evans had to say after the fight
Local super lightweight Tom McGuiness was up next against Michael Mooney. Tom looked really sharp throughout the four round bout, using a great variety on punches and worked very well behind the jab and cruised through the fight. Mooney did show slight offence but each time he did McGuinness would respond with a great combination which took the confidence right out of the travelling Mooney.
Winner - Tom McGuinness via points decision
The Main Event of the show was Birkenhead's new hero Sean Dodd vs Antonio Horvatic.
Dodd took a chance taking this fight with his clash with fellow Liverpudlian Tom Stalker on the horizon.
However it seemed to be the perfect warm up for the big Matchroom Boxing show on the 30th September at the Echo Arena.
Dood applied his usual no nonsense pressure fighting against the travelling Horvatic. It was obvious that this fight was one to shake off the ring rust with Dodd controlling the tempo and using this as an opportunity to work on some great head and body combinations.
By the third round there was no fight left in Horvatic and Dodd put him down twice with great body shots before the fight was waved off.
Dodd now looks forward to the big showdown in Liverpool against Stalker which is going to be a great night for the city.
Hear what he had to say to VIP's Lee Hogan
Overall the show was great for Birkenhead, however VIP boss Steve Wood tweeted that "the ticket sales were poor tonight, but the live stream had over 100k viewers". This is a massive step for the VIP Boxing platform and just proves that they really do put on a good show.
For anyone who missed the Facebook live stream and want to see the full show check it out on VIP's Facebook page