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Happy Homecoming For Stalker, As Local Lads Shine
By John Wharton, Doghouse Boxing (June 8, 2013)

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It was a happy homecoming for 2012 Olympian Thomas ‘The Captain’ Stalker, who headlined the Coldwell Promotions bill, ‘New Kids on the Dock’ at the Liverpool Olympia. The bill saw six local fighters showcase their talents in front of a home crowd. Stalker looked impressive, as he scored the first stoppage victory of his short career and knocked out mismatched Romanian Oszkar Fiko in just 84 seconds. Stalker came out of his corner like a man possessed and bullied Fiko, bloodying his nose inside the first thirty seconds. A right hand then floored Fiko as he was trapped on the ropes. Fiko rose at the count of eight but referee Mark Lyson called the bout off, with Fiko in no position to defend himself. The victory takes Stalker’s record to 4-0 (1), whilst Fiko falls to 4-4. Fiko once again leaves Britain on the wrong end of a stoppage defeat - back in March, he lost to Ryan Walsh in Norwich.

Promoter Dave Coldwell will also have been delighted to see two new signings score impressive victories on their debut. Robbie Davies Jr, son of the popular former fighter Robbie Davies Sr, made his professional bow against Wolverhampton veteran Carl Allen. Davies started the bout quickly, forcing Allen backwards and using his reach advantage. As the round neared the end, Davies upped the pace and put pressure on the veteran fighter, and as the bell sounded a body shot from Davies appeared to hurt Allen. The Wolverhampton fighter complained to the referee that he had been hit by two shots after the bell. As he walked back to his corner, he appeared to be on slightly wobbly legs and, much to the surprise of all in attendance, he decided he was in no shape to continue and retired on his stool. Allen was still complaining to the Ringside physician as MC Mike Goodall made the post-fight announcements.

Dronfield’s Rod Smith opened the night with a four round points decision over Jamie Ambler of Aberystwyth. Smith, who entered the bout with two knockout wins in his two fights, started the bout looking like a fighter eager to continue his knockout spree but Ambler is a wily fighter and at times frustrated Smith to last the distance. Referee Mark Lyson scored the bout 40-36, in favour of Smith. Birkenhead debutant Paul Riley made his professional bow against Swansea’s Matthew Ashmole. After a quiet opening round, part way through the second round, Riley exerted all the pressure. The end came unexpectedly, as a straight right from Riley flattened Ashmole whose head crashed to the floor sickeningly. The referee didn’t even bother to count, as paramedics and the ringside physician rushed to the stricken boxer’s aid. Thankfully, after a short while, Ashmole was able to get up and managed to walk out of the ring under his own steam.

An entertaining bout saw Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd face off against Killamarsh’s Lee Connelly. Neither fighter held back in the first round, with Connelly looking to work to the body whilst Dodd was looking to land his overhand right - and it was that exact shot that floored Connelly halfway through the first round. Connelly recovered well and landed some heavy looking body shots that forced Dodd to take notice. The pattern was very much the same in rounds two and three, but by the beginning of round four, Dodd was beginning to look tired. His fans in the crowd sensed this and tried to rouse their fighter by mimicking the Lingalan language chants of the Kinshasa crowd during the Rumble in the Jungle, chanting “Masher bomaye”. This seemingly had some effect on Dodd, as he rallied to take the round and the fight, with referee Mark Lyson scoring the bout 40-36 in favour of the Birkenhead man.

Andy Colquhoun of Liverpool scored his seventh consecutive victory as he outpointed Bermondsey based Nigerian Ideh Ochuko over six bad tempered rounds. Colquhoun started tentatively and conceded the first round to the Nigerian, who raised a welt under the left eye of the Liverpool fighter. In rounds two and three, Colquhoun fought his way back into the fight and began to find the target with his left hook, and at one point stopped Ochuku in his tracks. Ochuku was then deducted a point late in round three for a deliberate head-butt. The Bermondsey boxer was becoming more wary of the left hand of Colquhoun and began to offer less as the fight went on. At the end of the fight, the referee scored the bout 59-55 in favour of the Liverpool man.

The other of Coldwell’s debutants was Steven ‘Junior’ Jones, who faced another Wolverhampton fighter in 44 year old Delroy Spencer - having his 170th paid contest. The youngster Jones showed no sign of nerves and won a shutout victory against Spencer, which will have impressed those at ringside. In round two, Jones hurt Spencer with a wicked looking body shot, but Spencer had enough in his locker to survive the onslaught and frustrated the youngster. In round three, Jones trapped Spencer in his own corner and a right hand wobbled the veteran, and round four saw more of the same from the young prospect. In the end, the referee scored the bout 40-36 in favour of Jones. The debutant was happy with his performance, ‘Everything went according to plan. Both Dave (Coldwell) my promoter and my trainer Tony Quigley wanted me to get the rounds under my belt, with me being out for so long. I felt really good and Spencer was a tough fighter, who knew all the tricks in the game, knowing when to hold and grab me. I felt big at the weight, and I knew I’d hurt him a couple of times’

Jones has endured a tough time in recent years. In 2011 he was hospitalised with Swine Flu and Pneumonia, which went undetected and very nearly cost him his life. Thankfully though, the youngster fully recovered. Jones has taken the moniker of Junior Jones, in homage to the former two weight world champion of the same name from New York, and he will be hoping to emulate the silky New Yorker who scored two stunning wins over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera.

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