REVIEW: THE WELSH BOXING RESURGENCE


Welsh boxing resurgence continued Saturday night at the MTK show at the Vale Sports arena.

Impressive Thomas Go’s 8-0

Cardiff’s welterweight Maredudd Thomas (8-0, 2KO) against Kevin McCauley (15-192-12) was the first fight of the night and Thomas impressed again! Dominating all 4 rounds against a brave but outclassed opponent in McCauley. Thomas relentlessly pressured McCauley landing some hurtful body shots and was eager to impress his home town fans and he did not disappoint. Thomas was awarded the fight 40-36 which came as no surprise. Keep an eye on Maredudd Thomas definitely one for the future,

David White Jr back on track

Cardiff’s featherweight David White Jnr (3-1-1) cruised to a win against Yorkshire’s Luke Flash (2-46-2) after a draw with Jose Aguilar last time out at the same arena a W was a must for White Jr. White out worked and out boxed Flash for all 4 rounds with Flash looking out of his depth throwing little back. It was no surprise that White Jr was awarded the win 40-36.


Cooksey makes it to 10 Unbeaten Rhooses’s lightweight Lance Cooksey (10-0, 2KO) recorded his 10th consecutive win, beating Stockport’s Jamie Quinn (5-84-2) via a 60-54 scoreline over six rounds. In another once sided affair Cooksey out classed Quinn, Cooksey with quite a cautious style took every round. At 10-0 it would be good to see Cooksey step up in class in his next fight.


Rhys Edwards impresses in 6th Win

Featherweight Rhys Edwards (6-0, 2KO) continued to impress against Rafael Castillo (14-54-3, 6KO), winning the bout 40-36. At only 19 with a good amateur pedigree and looking comfortable in the professional ranks Edwards shows a lot of promise. Edwards suffered a cut in the first round, a cut that at first appeared worse that it was, but Edwards did not panic and went on to rattle Castillo a number of times.


Gething retains his title!

Kieran Gething (9-2-1, 2KO) retained his Welsh title with a decision victory against Newport’s Craig Woodruff (7-5, 2KO)


This for me was fight if the night. Woodruff entered the ring with a fierce determination in his face, Woodruff knew this was a big chance for him. Woodruff was the fighter moving up in weight but looking at them in the ring you wouldn’t think it.

Woodruff was the aggressor from the start using he reach advantage to land some crisp shots on Gething. Rounds 2 and 3 followed a similar pattern with Woodruff’s aggressive approach seeming to puzzle Gething who was struggling to find range on Woodruff. Again in 4 and 5 Woodruff was landing the eye catching shots though Gething was having more success on the inside walking forward trying to wear Woodruff down. Rounds 6 and 7 were scrappier rounds with a lot of holding prompting the referee to warn both fighters. By round 8 Woodruff was unable to match the work rate of the earlier rounds allowing Gething more success, round 9 followed the same pattern as round 8 with Gething seeming to have more in the tank and landing the better eye catching shots

The 10th and final round proved decisive both fighters went at it, both showing great heart and the action was applauded by the fans. Both fighters were trading but the clearer shots were landed by Gething. At the final bell both fighters embraced, both had earned each other’s respect in the ring after such an entertaining fight.


Many at ringside though Woodruff had done enough to pinch it, but it was Gething who retained his title with the scorecard reading 97-94. There were some rounds that could have gone either way so there was no robbery – however I for one would very much like to see a rematch!

Sultan Zaurbek punishes Gonzalez

Kazakhstan fighter now fighting out of London outclassed brave but limited Sergio Gonzalez from round 1. Zaurbek was levels above this was clear to see within a minute of round 1,Zaurbek landing hurtful shots from all angles. Gonzalez was extremely brave suffering two horrendous cuts prompting calls to stop the fight. The punishment continued until there was only 15 seconds left of the fight when the referee harshly stopped the fight denying Gonzalez the chance to hear the final bell.


Zhankosh Turarov dismantles Richmond Djarbeng

Another rising star from Kazakhstan Zhankosh Turarov had his first fight in 2 years against Ghanaian Richmond Djabeng. In a one sided fight Djabeng retired on his stool and the end of round 2 , he looked to have been unable to recover from an earlier body shot and perhaps decided he was only going to take further punishment. Turarov was disappointed not to get more rounds in the bag, but still, it was an impessive disblay againt the durable Djarbeng

‘Baby’ Jacob Robinson shines


Cardiff’s ‘Baby’ Jacob Robinson (6-0, 2KO) out pointed Jose Aguilar (16-60-5, 6KO) winning all 6 rounds was a very impressive display. Robinson looked relaxed and confident from the start. Robinson couldn’t miss with his left landing at will. Clearly Robinson could have gone up through the gears, but I think wisely against a durable Aguilar he didn’t need to take the risk and banked the 6 round of experience to take the fight 60-54

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