Saturday's Sudden Impact promotion produced a truly memorable evening of Queensbury boxing, and the packed arena of spectators were treated to 13 bouts of very competitive action at the Effingham Park Hotel near Crawley in West Sussex. First out on the evenings bumper card Brighton's Mark 'The Hammer' Smith locked horns with London's Connor Mclean in a terrific Cruiserweight battle that saw both men go toe to toe over three pulsating rounds of action. With both men visiting the canvas during the all action encounter, it was hard to separate the pair when the final bell sounded, but it was Mclean who took the plaudits via the split decision verdict.
Bout number two saw the Heavyweights take centre stage when Danny Edwards and Ian Garwood served up another classic battle as both men went to war over the course of three highly entertaining rounds of boxing. It was Garwood that had the early success in the contest as he was able to force the smaller Edwards back, but as the contest entered the later stages it was clear Garwood was suffering from fatigue and Edwards was able to sustain his work rate and edge out a points victory.
In cruiserweight action Crawley's Jerrone Daley made his first competitive outing against Lithuanian Marius Abramovas in the third contest of the Sudden Impact card. With Daley possessing considerable height and reach advantages it was clear that he would be looking to keep the contest at range and work behind his imposing jab. From the opening exchanges Daley looked dangerous with the jab but midway through the opening round Daley was on the receiving end of a hard flurry of punches that sent him to the canvas. As Daley arose on unsteady legs referee Seamus Dunn allowed the action to continue, but Abramovas could sense the victory and after taking several further shots the fight was waved off by the referee much to the disappointment of Daley.
Bouts four and five saw Gary Doocey face off against Chris Thurn at Welterweight and Barry Porter tangle with Dean Hanley in the leagues busy Cruiserweight division. It was Doocey and Hanley that emerged victories from their respective encounters both battling through to claim the points decisions from the judges at ringside.
In the highly anticipated British Light Middleweight title eliminator, Bournemouth's Brendan Cookman took on Bexleyheath's Dan Lawrence in a bout that produced a highlight reel knockout for Lawrence. Cookman fighting out of the House of Pain gym had previously taken former champion Lewis Pinto the full distance in their meeting back in November, but this time out his assignment was cut dramatically short when Lawrence unleashed a thunderbolt in round two that sent Cookman crumbling to the canvas with no hope of recovery. It was an impressive first outing in the league for Lawrence, and it sets up his title challenge perfectly when he will take on London's Marlon Stuart on September 17th at the Epsom Downs Racecourse for the belt.
Tadworth’s current Queensbury British Middleweight champion Jimmy Mizon was back in action for the first time since March when he faced off against Luton’s Ryan Fields in bout number seven on the card. The non title affair proved to be a frustrating nights work for the unbeaten Mizon as he seemed to struggle with the visiting Fields unorthodox style in which long periods of the fight saw both fighters hold and spoil. But in the final round Mizon finally caught up with his opponent and unleashed a barrage of punches that saw Fields slump to the canvas under the pressure. As the final bell of the contest rang out it was clear Mizon had done enough to take the verdict, but he will need to be more accurate in his next title defence when he faces a potential rematch with Mitcham’s Tony Chaplin in September.
Fight number eight saw Mitcham’s Lee Cannon taste defeat for the first time losing out to Kent’s Patrick Fielder in a cracking little match at Welterweight. The bout was a final eliminator for the vacant Queensbury Welterweight strap and over three very competitive rounds of boxing it was Fielder that impressed the three judges at ringside to take the decision and advance to the final in September.
Debutant Chris Cook made a winning start to his Queensbury career when the Redhill Welterweight proved to strong for Crawley’s Stuart Goodwin over three tough rounds of action in bout number nine. It was Cook who always seemed to come out on top during the exchanges, but Goodwin was competitive throughout the battle and it was not all one way traffic during the fight with Goodwin finding his own success.
Returning to the league after a seven month absence from competition, Mitcham’s Tony Chaplin was pitted against former Jimmy Mizon victim Fatjon Gola in an eliminator for a second crack at the champion. Chaplin’s last appearance against Mizon in the league for the title ended prematurely when an accidental clash of heads opened up a cut over his left eye forcing referee Seamus Dunn to call a halt to the action and declare the bout a no contest. Since then all the talk has been about the pair fighting again in a highly anticipated rematch and Chaplin secured that opportunity on Saturday evening with victory over Gola. The bout started off with Chaplin moving in and out of distance catching Gola with sharp combinations as the visiting Albanian struggled to come to terms with Chaplin’s superior movement. Gola was easy enough to hit, but did force the action on a number of occasions and was able to force Chaplin onto the ropes and unload his own flurry of punches. Round two saw Chaplin move through the gears and it was clear who was the boxers in the contest as Chaplin was able to land his full repertoire of shots on the outclassed Gola. The third and final round looked to be following a similar pattern to the second with Chaplin cruising to a comfortable points victory, but as the referee called a break to the action Gola in a moment of madness lunged forward with his head catching Chaplin flush on the forehead giving referee Dunn no option but to disqualify the disgraceful Gola and award victory to Chaplin.
Croydon’s Joe McDonald and Crawley’s Jaz Imtiaz put on a contender for fight of the night in their Middleweight clash in bout number eleven. With McDonald down in the first and then fighting back superbly to take the decision on all three judges cards it was thrilling dust up that had the crowd on their feet for the majority of the proceedings. In the penultimate bout of the evening Oxted’s Roo Abbott made an impressive debut in the league when he stopped Gravesend’s Ronnie Ward in the league’s Super Middleweight division. During the action packed first stanza of the contest both fighters took a trip to the canvas as they went toe to toe over two furious minutes of action. As the fighters came out for the second the action continued where they had left off in the first, but it was Abbott that started to find the greater success with some punishing left hands that found their target with regularity and forced Ward to retire from the contest handing victory to a delighted Abbott.
Toping the bill on the Sudden Impact promotion Guildford’s undefeated Dave ‘BadBoy’ Bennett faced off against Croydon’s Huzaifah Iqbal in a final title eliminator for the vacant Queensbury Super Middleweight strap. During the contest Iqbal made good on his pre fight prediction of being too good for the Guildford fireman and out boxed Bennett over three rounds of action to take the unanimous decision and advance to the final to face nemesis Ian Fletcher. Unfortunately during the final exchange of the contest Iqbal damaged his shoulder with the final punch thrown in the bout and after having the injury x rayed after the fight was informed that he had broken the socket ruling him out of a second meeting with Fletcher. All in all the show produced one of the most exciting nights of boxing the league has ever staged, and with the next event already confirmed for Saturday September 17th at the Epsom Downs Racecourse there will be yet another spectacular night of Queensbury boxing to look forward to.