Call me Russ L

We were late, one was late, another was early.

Posted in Combat Sports by Russ L on 9 July, 2006

Thursday the 29th of June saw me heading off (with the lovely Nykilicious) to Dudley Town Hall for the boxing. The inevitability of missing some of the card due to having to work till 8 was removed by the fact that Nyki drives, and then returned by the fact that we couldn’t find anywhere to park and had to drive around looking for what felt like an age. Hadn’t that little clearing diagonally opposite the town hall used to be a car park? I’m sure it was. Oh well.

The results can be found here. We missed Portman vs Dunn and the first couple of rounds of Heagney and Marston’s scrappy affair due to the faffing about, but were well in time for Dean Hickman’s spectacular-if-scary KO of Tom Hogan. In the second round Hogan was knocked down and the fight should probably have ended (he was clearly on wobbly legs afterwards), but things continued long enough for Hickman to get a brutal left-and-right that snapped Hogan’s head back and sent him crashing down like a sack of spuds. This was one of those occasions that leaves you with mixed feelings afterwards – it was one hell of a dramatic finish and amazing to watch, but Hogan could’ve easily ended up going off in a stretcher. Nobody wants that.

Presumably this had some effect on the general mood of the officials, since the evening’s main event suffered from completely the opposite problem. Although short and completely one-sided, local hero (and Midlands Area Middleweight Champion) Darren McDermott’s win over Polish fighter Andrezj Butowicz was fun to watch for as long as it lasted, a brawly affair with little pretence towards Queensbury rules. It was all about McDermott, up to and including the point in the third round where the ref stepped in for no obvious reason. Butowicz (who was understandably livid afterwards) was against the ropes and getting hit, but had his arms up and was defending himself. Perhaps the ref just wanted to clock off early and get home, I don’t know, but it’s not like Macca particularly needed the favour. That’s professional boxing, I suppose. Compete outside your own country before you’re famous and you have to fight the officials as well as your opponent.

Elsewhere on the card Rob Hunt brought his huge contingent of supporters (just like last time in Walsall) for his match against the clearly intimidated Peter Buckley and easily walked away with the decision, although not without occasionally showing his relative inexperience (I still had it 60-54 nonetheless; the ref said 60-55), and Mark Lloyd prevailed over Tommy Jones in six rounds of fairly boring pushy-shovey clinch work. We had fun trying to figure out who Jones’ cornerman reminded us of.

Not the best one of these local boxing cards I’ve seen so far, but still a very enjoyable evening.

More detail can be found in this article, although I can’t vouch for the punctuation and grammar.

~ Russ L, slightly worried about the MC’s announcement that the next one in September will be one of these boxing and a meal and whatever else all-in-one efforts. I really don’t want to have to pay twice as much for a ticket as a result of all the other ephemera.


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  1. Rach said, on 17 July, 2006 at 12:55 am


  2. Russ L said, on 17 July, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    Hello to you too. With bells on.


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