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In a show billed ‘Next Generation’ there was certainly some exceptional talent on show as Pat Barrett’s, Black Flash Promotions, staged a 4-fight card at Grand Central Hall, Liverpool.

The most impressive performance of the night came from Nick Ball who moved to 7-0 (2KO) with a clinical performance against Joe Ducker. Ducker, 33, was the visibly taller man and he attempted to use his physical advantages in the opening exchanges. Ball, 21, had other ideas and was almost immediately firing impressive combinations which forced Ducker to retreat towards the ropes.

(Nick Ball celebrates another win)

After a dominant opening round, Ball upped his work rate in the second round and after a flurry of clean, hurtful punches in the neutral corner, the referee correctly stepped in to end proceedings.

Ball has enjoyed a progressive 2018 and has now stopped his last two opponents within 2 rounds. He will be hoping for more of the same in 2019 as he attempts to make his presence felt on the domestic scene.

Elsewhere on the card, Meshech Speare continued his development with a win over Zaki Shirzad. Shirzad was outclassed from the opening bell and after a one sided opening round Speare, 21, began to hurt his opponent with an impressive jab in the second. A left hook dropped Shirzad in the third, however, he displayed some bravery to survive to the end of the round. The bout was all over in the fourth and final round after Shirzad shipped some heavy shots. Speare moves to 3-0 (2KO) and will be hoping for a return to action sooner rather than later.

Conor Butler also made his debut on the card. The well supported local won a shutout victory over Birmingham’s, Reiss Taylor. Butler was eager to get a stoppage victory on his debut but Taylor was unwilling to give the young flyweight any opportunities. Butler won every round convincingly and will improve further after making a successful debut.

Heavyweight Alex Dickinson moved to 7-0 (5KO) with a routine victory in the final bout of the evening. Dickinson, 31, who turned professional on the back of a successful amateur career controlled proceedings and was landing heavy, hurtful shots in the opener. The second round was more of the same and at the end of the round his opponents corner had seen enough and waved off the fight, correctly, to save their man for another day.

Alex Dickinson

Dickinson will be hoping to get himself involved in a thriving heavyweight division in Britain in 2019.

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