Craig Evans retains European Title in rematch
Blackwood’s Craig Evans (20-2-2, 3KO) successfully defended his WBO European title with a unanimous decision against Ireland’s Stephen Ormond (27-6, 13KO). This was an eagerly anticipated rematch of their first fight in Belfast 2017, where in a closely fought match Evans dropped Ormond twice in the last round to secure a win on the scorecards.
This time Evans fought a more tactical fight, Ormond coming forward with a tight defence allowed Evans to counter punch with more eye catching shots.
Ormond did have some success catching Evans with a big left hook in the 3rd which put Evans on the retreat, but by the fourth Evans was back to counter punching with success. This is how the fight continued with Evans landing the cleaner shots with Ormrond trying to turn it in to a scrappy fight which you feel would have suited the Irish man. Evans was deducted a point in the 10th after numerous warnings from the referee. The fight was scored to Evans 98-92, 97-92 and 95-94.
Following the defeat Ormond has decided to hang up the gloves. He said: “It’s time to retire. It’s been a long road and I’ve enjoyed it. I want to thank MTK Global and all of my coaches and team for everything they’ve done. It’s been a great run.
“It’s time to go home and spend time with my family. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. People say things in the heat of the moment but I made my mind up a few months ago. I’m 36 now and I can’t keep doing it.
“I loved my career and made great friends in the game. I think I’m going to go into coaching now and try and give back to the kids, so I’m excited for that.”
Ormond had a fantastic career after making his debut back in 2008, sharing the ring with the likes of Terry Flanagan, Derry Mathews, Paul Hyland Jnr, Paul Appleby and many others. Eat Sleep Boxing Repeat would like to wish Stephen Ormond all the best in his retirement.
Jay Harris beats Angel Moreno to claim vacant EBU flyweight title
Jay Harris beat Angel Moreno with a twelve round unanimous decision to claim the vacant EBU flyweight title in Cardiff.
The Swansea flyweight, 28, added the European crown to his Commonwealth belt with a 117-111, 119-109, 120-108 victory over Spaniard Moreno.
Harris' win at the Vale Sports Arena took his undefeated record to sixteen wins.
Harris was facing a tough vetran in Moreno, who in his last fight took WBC world flyweight champion Charlie Edwards twelve rounds.
Harris didn’t fail to impress dominating the fight for the opening bell until the last with Moreno bravely staying in there but being completely outclassed. The early rounds were exciting trade off’s with Moreno showing his wasn’t here to make up the numbers, but he seemed perplexed by the hand speed of Harris.
By round six, Harris was in full control with accurate punches and was walking Moreno down, landing some hurtful looking body shots. At this stage you were thinking will he go one better than Edwards and stop the durable Moreno.
Moreno was cut above the eye in the ninth round, but he bravely gave his all until the final bell despite Harris, who, showed amazing conditioning keeping a high work rate up until the final bell.
Sean McGoldrick goes nine fights undefeated
Despite the time approaching 11:30 , quite a few remained in the arena for Sean McGoldrick. Newport’s Sean McGoldrick (9-0, 2KO) eased to a win over Moises Mojica (9-7-2, 6KO), dominating the Nicaraguan for a 59-55 decision win over six rounds.
It was an impressive performance by McGoldrick who, despite perhaos the lack of the quality in the opponent was clinical and classy on his way to the win. McGoldrick also had the advice of Martin Murray in his corner.