Parpa Ends Mendes’ Championship Reign in ‘Nightmare’ Fashion With one-sided Points Victory

In an end of season show, Goodwin Boxing treated York Hall to championship action on as Daniel Mendes defended his Southern Area Cruiserweight title against Nick Parpa whilst Curtis Felix Jnr & Connor Vian fought for the chance to become English Welterweight champion.

Daniel Mendes © vs Nick Parpa – Southern Area Cruiserweight Championship

In what developed into an exciting championship level match-up, Nick Parpa convincingly beat Daniel Mendes who was making the first defence of his title.

Mendes who through a very limited amount of punches for the first half of the fight, allowed Parpa to be the aggressor and gain a clear head-start on the scorecard.

As Parpa grew in confidence, Mendes struggled to gain any sort of momentum within rounds, only starting to throw punches when Boxing on the inside became more popular towards the later rounds.

Apart from a brief scare in the final round, Parpa cruised to victory with a 99-91 decision to become a champion in a division that is absolutely thriving with domestic talent.

Curtis Felix Jnr vs Connor Vian – English Welterweight Title Eliminator

The best was indeed saved until last on Saturday night as Curtis Felix Jnr & Connor Vian went to battle over the chance to challenge for the English Welterweight Title.

The fight was all action from start to finish with both fighters durability being tested on a regular basis.

With the fight perhaps being fairly level at the halfway point, Felix Jnr who turned 30 last month began to convincingly win the later rounds due to the old art of hitting his opponent and not being hit back.

A bloodied Vian looked as if he had conceded defeat as the final bell went and rightly so as Felix Jnr was awarded a score of 97-93 – a score hard to argue with.

Felix Jnr is now in line to face English Welterweight champion and undefeated fighter Ekow Essuman who beat Tyrone Nurse on points earlier this year to secure the belt.

Neon Samuels vs Zygimantas Butkevicius – Middleweight

Debutant Neon Samuels came out to the reception of the night and put on a memorable debut win, just about getting through the resilient Zygimantas Butkevicius over 4 rounds.

With debut nerves not being apparent from the 1st bell, Samuels and his Lithuanian opponent traded on a regular basis as Samuel’s strong fanbase cheered every punch, block or even clinch.