Updated: Aug 6, 2019
On Saturday we attended the Oldham leisure centre for what was to be a great night of boxing brought to you by Steve Wood and VIP Boxing Promotions with special guests Anthony Crolla, Ryan Doyle and Mark Heffron in attendance.
The main event was Charlie Schofield taking on Chris Nixon for the light heavyweight British challenge belt. Schofield looked sharp and powerful as he hurt Nixon on numerous occasions and looked likely to pick up the stoppage. Nixon was experienced enough to survive and held on through the scheduled eight rounds. Schofield now moves to 12-0, and with that victory has broken into the top 10 British light heavyweights were the likes of Jake Ball and Ricky Summers wait.
In the second of the British challenge belt fights local lad Jake Bulger put on an impressive and controlled display to outpoint the tough veteran Jamie Quinn. Quinn made Bulger work for his victory, but Bulger was on point with his fast hands and vicious combinations which picked him his first professional title with a 78-75 decision.
Dylan Evans a respected amateur, made his professional debut on Saturday against the ever durable Joe Beeden, a fight we had the pleasure of commentating on. Evans started out fast working the leading left jab, right hand combination which put Beeden immediately on the back foot. Evans continued to show great composure for a debutant throwing in a great variety of shots to the body which were very effective. Evans continued to work on the body throughout the course of the bout and came away with a 40-36 decision from referee John Latham.
Mohammed Rashad made his hometown professional debut going in against Liam Richards. Rashad controlled the bout over the course of the four rounds, using his height and reach advantages to keep Richards at bay. Rashad showed great combinations much to the delight of the home crowd switching from head to body and seemingly hurting Richards on a couple of occasions.
Rashad picked up the victory with Mr Sarginson’s score of 40-37 and now moves to a record of 1-0
Dale “Canelo” Coyne made his triumphant return to the ring with a very impressive victory over tough journeyman and central area middleweight champion Darryl Sharp. Coyne looked explosive throughout the fight unloading to the body and head backing Sharp up on the ropes on more than one occasion. Sharp tough as usual caught Coyne on a couple of occasions but it didn’t faze the man from the finest gym, Coyne picked up 60-53 decision and is now 11-0 and looks to move towards a professional title.
Ely “Afro Thunder” Murphy went into his second pro bout against fellow novice pro MJ Hall. Murphy under the watchful eye of trainer Jamie Moore dominated proceedings showing the potential that has social media buzzing. Murphy won the bout over the course of four rounds 40-36 and now moves to 2-0
Droylsden’s Kieran Jones was the first of Rob Rimmer’s fighters on the bill was up against respected journeyman Luke Fash. Kieran had been waiting a while to get the medical clearance to be able to make his pro debut and it was certainly worth the wait as he out boxed and outpointed Fash over the four round distance showing that all the time he had spent in the gym had paid off.
Joe Eko made his return to Oldham in his second pro outing against the ever tricky Yousef Al Hamedi. Eko has shown great improvement since the last bout, boxing well and giving Al Hamedi a lot to think about over the course of four rounds. Eko walked away with a 40-36 decision and now moves to 2-0
Kane Gardner looked impressive in his second outing as he dropped “Mr Reliable” Kristian Laight on the way to a 40-35 point’s victory.