Updated: Aug 6, 2019
So last night we attended the latest offering from VIP Boxing promotions at the Victoria Warehouse in Trafford.
As expected the show was another great event with plenty of action with some of the hottest talent in the North West on show. We were also invited to commentate on the Charlie Schofield and Callum Pearson bouts which was an absolute pleasure to be part of and something we will certainly be looking at doing again in the future.
Lets get in to the action of the night, first up was Ely "El Magico" Murphy making his professional debut over four rounds against Mr Reliable Kristian Laight.
Murphy came out of the blocks flying trageting the body of Laight with great success. His ability to switch from head to body really kept Laight on the back foot and it was the first time for a while that its looked like Mr Reliable may possibly be stopped!
In the second round Murphy continued to dominate utilizing his clear physical strength to back up Laight, Murphy threw a right hook which landed beautifully and hurt Laight which put him straight into survival mode. Ely continued to dominate proceedings with the right hand over the top.
The third and forth rounds were very much the same, Murphy continued to pummel Laight, who at this point was just looking to survive with being knocked out.
The fight ended and much to the delight of the home crowd Murphy got the victory with a 40-36 decision and a great start to his professional career.
VIP's Lee Hogan caught with Ely after the fight, hear what he had to say about his debut.
After taking nearly a year out after his first defeat to Nathan Hardy, local lad Ryan Oliver was looking to bounce back as he went one on one with Dylan Draper in a four round super welterweight contest.
Ryan came out in the first round and used the jab well to keep Draper on his toes, but then followed this up with some crisp clean combinations which opened up the guard of Draper and gave Oliver the opportunity to capitalize.
In the second round Oliver caught Draper with a hard left jab which seemed to rock Draper and put him on the back foot. Oliver cut the ring off really well last night and when Draper mounted an offence, Oliver caught him with some great counter shots, particular a jab, right hand combination really seemed to affect Draper who went on the move quickly. Over the course of rounds three and four Oliver continued to show the crowd what he had learnt from the defeat to Hardy and looked in great form as he marched on to a 40-36 victory over Draper.
Great performance from Ryan Oliver, he really showed that the time away and defeat had motivated him to make some changes, he looked like a different fighter out there last night.
Ryan caught up with VIPtv after the fight, hear what he had to say below.
Next up was the second of the Ashton Under Lyne based fighters and the undefeated Charlie Schofield going up against very late replacement Curtis Gargano, the opponent Schofield faced back in June this year.
Schofield came out and immediately went to the body of Gargano who looked a little out of shape, so the tactics from Rob Rimmer was obviously to slow Gargano down and possibly get the stoppage.
Gargano struggled to get anywhere near Schofield due to the sheer difference in reach and height. Schofield continued to work the body and in the second round seemed to step up the pace. Gargano gave some great moments of entertainment with his goading and Ali shuffle, but this was all a ploy to try and put Charlie off his game, and it didnt work as in the third round it looked like Schofield could get the stoppage as he put in a barrage of head and body shots which seemed to back Gargano up, however the experienced journyman was able to survive.
In the remaining three rounds Charlie seemed to take his foot off the gas and cruised his way to a shutout decision over Gargano. Obviously it was disappointing for Charlie not to have had that step up in opponent but it was a great opportunity to put into practice the work from the gym
We were invited to commentate on this bout which was a pleasure as we have seen Charlie in the gym and interviewed him a few weeks back so it was good to see the hard work going to good use.
Check out Charlie's post fight interview below