First Matchroom Boxing Show - Stand & Deliver
This was my first chance to be able to photograph a Matchroom Boxing show at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London UK. I got the email through the week of the fight and was not going to turn down a chance for something I have always wanted to do. I looked at the flights and there were no flights to London Gatwick, panic sets in. I checked for another part of the country and luckily Southampton had plenty of flights that would involve a short train journey into Waterloo. Bargain so that's the travel arrangements sorted out brilliant lets go.
Great bout to start off the night streamed live on Matchroom “Fight Pass” with cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain moving to 4-0 with a point’s win over Igoris Borucha.
Adam Salman was up against experienced journeyman William Warburton. Adam did enough to keep Warburton at bay and moved his record to 7-1 with a point’s victory over the 6 rounds.
Next up was Bermondsey’s Ted Cheese man took a 4 round point’s win over Victor Edagha. Edagha came to give it a good go but referee Jeff Hinds had to take a point in the 4th round due to persistent holding.
Craig ‘Spider' Richards knocked his second win to his record with a 4 round points win over Scott Douglas.
Crowd favourite Feltham’s lightweight Mickey O’Rourke improved his record to 5-0 with barnstormer against Danny Parson. O’Rourke keeping tucked up behind his superb high guard stood toe to toe with Parsons giving the crowd a great battle. O’Rourke deservedly getting the nod from the judges 6 great action packed rounds.
Next up was Surrey’s light heavyweight Jake Ball taking Mitch Mitchell out in the first round, moving him to 2-0 with two first round knockouts. With trainer Jim McDonnell and training with world champion James Degale, Ball is certainly one to look out for.
After suffering his second defeat back into May to Nick Blackwell Islington’s John “The Gorilla” Ryder was looking to rebuild. In a six rounder against Yorkshire’s Adam Jones, Ryder did enough to win on referee Jeff Hinds score card 59-56. I am sure Ryder will now look to have another fight then look to avenge that lose to Nick Blackwell and chase that British title.
Reece ‘Bomber’ Bellotti moved to 4-0 with 3 knockouts with a third round TKO over Faycal Messaoudene. The featherweight from Watford who fights out of Jim McDonnell’s stable, simply had too much for Messaoudene. Referee Bob Williams stopped the contest in the third round of six.
The bout between Ben hall and Aston Jolly billed as a final eliminator for the super welterweight English title was all action fight until it came to the end in round seven. A clash of heads ended the contest, with the cut to Hall’s forehead which required several stiches afterwards. Referee Jeff hinds scored the bout 68-64 in favor of Hall, which moves him to 7-0-1 and now will fight for the English title for his next fight.
To end the night welterweight Prizefighter champion Johnny Coyle was in action for the WBC youth intercontinental super lightweight title against AJ Faizy. Coyle displayed his boxing skills for ten rounds out boxing Faizy and dropping him in the sixth round. The 3 judges at ringside gave Coyle the nod on every round moving him now to 11-0-1.
Please check out my album from the night – Stand & Deliver
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