On Saturday evening the Queensbury Boxing League took over the Effingham Park Hotel and delivered what has to be the most exciting evening of boxing the league has ever staged. The UK's premier boxing league treated the bumper crowd to a mouthwatering card of action featuring a host of fresh new talent making their Queensbury debuts and a selection of established names that produced the best night of boxing in the leagues history.
Bout number one featured London's Joey Pirotta against Urban Boxing's Kris Bain in the Queensbury Super Middleweight division in a contest that could have easily been worthy of a top of the bill attraction with the way the fight played out. From the opening bell Bains showed the classier work of the two men as he managed to keep the shorter Pirotta at arms length with some nice combinations working off the back of his rangy jab. Pirotta relentlessly stalked his opponent throughout the opening exchanges and looked dangerous on the inside whipping in some vicious looking hooks towards Bains chin, but as the bell rang out to end the action it was Bains that looked to have taken the spoils of the opener with the classier work. Round two followed a similar pattern to the first until mid way through the round Bains had to survive a mini crisis at he was tagged by one of Pirotta's devastating left hooks that clearly had Bains in trouble and as Pirotta went looking for the finish Bains was able to weather the storm and make it back to his corner.
The final stanza saw both boxers find success and was a tight affair until the dying seconds of the round when Pirotta who was visibly tiring was caught with a heavy barrage of leather on the ropes and looked out on his feet as Bains sensed victory, but with the ropes stopping the wounded Pirotta from going down referee Seamus Dunn called a halt to the action and issued a standing 8 count saving Pirotta from further punishment. As the count was concluded the final bell rang out and it was left to the judges to decide in favour on Bains by majority decision. It was hard to see after the enthralling three rounds just witnessed how bout number two could come close to the excitement just generated, but Juggernauts Light Welterweight Dave Bell who at 48 looked in the best shape of his life was to prove that age is no restriction when it come to heart and determination and produced an epic encounter against late replacement Patrick Fielder. In a bout that saw Bell floored in the opening minute of the action, the contest produced an electrifying display that saw both boxers find their successes, but it was the younger Fielder that seemed to have the edge over the first two rounds of boxing landing the more meaningful shots. In the final round Fielder was visably tiring and Bell enjoyed his best moments of the contest forcing Fielder onto the ropes and unloading everything but the kitchen sink as the partisan crowd went wild, but it was a little bit to late to sway the judges and Fielder grabbed the unanimous decision in another fight of the night contender.
In other action Croydon's Robbie Wilson delivered another first round knockout performance stopping Redhills Liam Dyer in the first. Dyer looked good in the opening exchanges as he kept Wilson at range pumping his jab out and frustrating the advancing Croydon stylist, but as Dyer was put onto the back foot he was forced to eat a powerful uppercut that sent him to the canvass. Dyer regained his footing but Wilson again came forward menacingly and unleashed a powerful combination of shots that ended the contest with Dyer in no position to continue. In Super Middleweight action Charlie Hill made a wining start in the league when he claimed a majority point decision against East Grinstead's Jez Johns. Hill produced the more meaningful work over the three rounds of action and was clearly delighted to get the nod in front of his army of supporters. There were also wins Crawley's Wayne Singleton, Horley's Craig Pockett and Box London' Dan Chasle.
Probably the award for the unluckiest fighter of the evening fell to Juggernauts Cruiserweight Jason Ellis. Facing off against Hastings Ashley Mountain in their highly anticipated rematch, Ellis boxed out of his skin over all three rounds catching Mountain with some text book uppercuts only to get caught with a barrage of right hooks in the dying seconds of the round which saw referee Seamus Dunn call a halt to the contest with two seconds remaining. For many bout number twelve of the show took the accolades for fight of the night when Hastings Ian Fletcher went toe to toe with Purley's Huzaifah Iqbal in the Queensbury Super Middleweight title eliminator over three pulsating rounds of Queensbury Boxing. Fletcher has a habit of producing unmissable boxing and the bout lived up to the hype as both men gave it everything over the course of the fight. From the opening bell Fletcher came out of the blocks like a man possessed and unleashed a a ferocious volley of punches that forced Iqbal to cover up on the ropes, and as the round progressed it was clear Fletcher was the aggressor as he ruthlessly stalked his opponent. Iqbal had his own success in the opening exchanges as he tagged Fletcher with some slick counters as his opponent walked forward, but it was the Hastings man that seemed to have edged the argument in the opening minutes. Round two saw the action continue where it had left off in the first but Fletchers work became untidy as he loaded up with his shots in search of the knockout. As the final round commenced the pace of the fight had understandably slowed and at the mid point of the final round Fletcher was momentarily stunned by a flurry of punches from Iqbal but managed to throw back a few of his own shots that prevented Iqbal from continuing the attack. As the last few seconds of the bout ticked away both fighters threw caution to the wind and went all out for victory and when the final bell sounded it was clear the crowd had witnessed a memorable contest where both boxers had come out as winners. As MC Steve Holdsworth read out the verdict both boxers were applauded for there stirring efforts and it was Ian Fletcher that had taken the spoils with a unanimous points decision and advanced to the next title eliminator.
In the main event of the evening reining Queensbury British Light Middleweight champion Lewis Pinto was making the first defence of his title when he faced off against the unbeaten Marlon Stuart from Beckton in London. In one of the most dramatic contests ever staged in the league Pinto was forced to touch down and take an eight count for the first time in his career as he was caught amidst a firestorm of punches from the challenger that rocked the normally teak tough champion. As the action resumed Pinto was once again on the receiving end of a barrage of punches that left referee Seamus Dunn with no option but to jump in and save the champion at 1:30 seconds of the first as Pinto was in no position to defend himself.
All in all the evening delivered another memorable night of Queensbury boxing and with the next event Sudden Impact scheduled for June 18th at the Effingham Park Hotel, another unmissable night of boxing awaits.
Collision Course Official Results
Fight 1- Kris Bain defeated Joey Pirotta by Majority decision
Fight 2- Patrick Fielder defeated Dave Bell by unanimous decision
Fight 3- Wayne Single defeated Rian Witcomb by unanimous decision
Fight 4- Rob Wilson defeated Liam Dyer by first round Knockout
Fight 5- Louis Coco defeated Connor Mclean by majority decision
Fight 6- Ashley Mountain defeated Jason Ellis by knockout round three
Fight 7- Craig Pockett defeated Jim Manning by knockout in round three
Fight 8- Dan Chasle defeated Craig Smith by majority decision
Fight 9- Charlie Hill defeated Jez Johns by majority decision
Fight 10- Gareth Johnson defeated Ashley Fiech by unanimous decision
Fight 11- Tom Knight drew with Steve Brazier
Fight 12- Ian Fletcher defeated Huzaifah Iqbal by unanimous decision
Fight 13- James Garton defeated Sam Birkett by split decision