The Cartel- Goodwin Promotions
  
On a busy night at York Hall, Goodwin Promotions put on another stacked show and give their fighters the platform to show off their talents.  With the new staging in place and busy crowd, let’s get on with the action:

Adrian Martin vs Gabor Balogh, 4 x 3 minute rounds, light middleweight:
Round one and debutant Martin is controlling with the jab, following Balogh around the ring. Debutant Martin fights in flurries here, drops his hands to make Balogh miss. Balogh lands his own hard head shots to the ropes but it doesn’t fluster Martin as he starts  fainting shots, looking to close the gap but not finding too much success.
Round two sees Balogh start the aggressor, taking centre of the ring. Martin shows some ring nouse above his experience here, as he shoulders his opponent out of the way to reclaim centre ring. The time times Martin attacks Balogh covers up well.
In the third round Balogh engages early on, landing straight heavy left to Martin in the ropes as the pair exchange, neither coming out a clear successor. Heavy shots landed mid round by Martin as he pins Balogh to the ropes and starts to find some more rhythm. Balogh defends well enough as Martin fans call on looking for the finish from their man.  Martin starts to plant his feet but is showing signs of tiredness as the round closes out.
By the final round it appears both men have accepted this will be a points decision, neither over commits as the fight fizzles out towards the final bell.

Martin picks up the 40-37 points win and showed good enough composure for his first professional fight.
 
Michael McKinson vs Casey Blair, 4 x 3 minute rounds, welterweight
There is a hiccup in the music for the entrance of McKinson but that doesn’t reflect in his first round performance, as he dominates the round utilising his southpaw stance well, planting the right hook at will and moving off. Blair is throwing at air when he shows ambition.
In the second McKinson creates angles, cleverly spinning off his opponent when landing. Blair tries to get close and throw uppercuts of his own but to little success. McKinson is composed through the round, not rushing his work despite being in control and manages to pin Blair in the corner to end the round.
Round three and Blair lands his first significant shot with an overhand right. McKinson doesn't step back. You get the impression by this point McKinson could look to impose his class but he doesn't take the opportunity, the fight becoming scrappy. Blair taunts him on the ropes to engage but McKinson doesn't bite. The pair spend the majority of the round forehead to forehead, allowing the fight to lose some of the style of the first two rounds.
By the fourth it is clear McKinson is unwilling to commit to attacks, his eyes at times doing more damage than his hands as he intently stares his opponent down, looking or hints of movement before launching his own attacks.  A heavy right body hook causes Blair to tap the gloves together, which encourages McKinson to focus on the body for the rest of the round landing heavily on occasion but Blair sees the fight through to the end.

Mckinson is a comfortable 40-36 winner but you got the impression there was a lot more he could have offered.
 
Michael Peart vs Kristian Laight, 6 x 3 minute rounds, lightweight.
This is fight number 227 for ‘Mr Reliable’ Laight. Peart comes to the ring in bright yellow and black attire sporting an impressive back tattoo and looks in incredible shape.
Good body shots from Peart get the acknowledgment from Laight. Laight shows every part of his experience, switching up between southpaw and orthodox stances to make Peart work hard for his successes.
By the second round it is looking like Peart doesn't seem to have the power to break down the defence of Laight, who makes the facial expressions to mock his opponent each time shots are landed.
Through three and four Laight shows the odd ambition of his own, exchanging hooks with the younger man. I feel Peart could do with planting his feet here and showing his power off as it is clear that little will come back with spite from Laight.
In round five the referee takes a point off Peart for kidney shots, possibly being the frustration of no being able to pin Laight down, although his body is starting to show the effects of the shots.
Peart starts the last round quickly, rushing Laight and peppering him with shots. His gym mate Pete Akubuko cheers Peart from ringside as the encouragement seems to fire their man on. Peart dhases him through the last round to no avail.  Peart was never able to sustain his attacks on the tricky Laight but it would have been good to see him commit to more attacks and accept the shots in return as it was evident from early on Laight was going to struggle to hurt him.

The score was 59-54 to Peart.
 
Joe Mccory vs Dale Arrowsmith, light welterweight, 4 x 3 minute rounds
Arrowsmith comes to the ring to the tune of ‘Mama said knock you out’. Good ambition to start with from the lad.
There’s a big crowd for Mccory, who starts with some solid jabs that get parried by Arrowsmith who he pursues around the ring, that jab finding glove more than face. Mccory is noticeably the bigger of the two and a big right hand rocks the head of Arrowsmith back. All shots seem to carry power from Mccory who lands big to the body at the end of the first round.
The second starts the same with Mccory stalks him throughout, Arrowsmith looks afraid to open his up his own shots with the power of Mccory.  In round three a big overhand right from Mccory connects. Arrowsmith throws a few more of his own but not enough to deter his opponent who continues to pursue him. Mccory ends well, heavy head and body shots see Arrowsmith happy to hear the bell.
Arrowsmith doesn't make it out for the fourth as his corner call off the fight. He has suffered a cut above the left eye and his corner relieve him of more punishment, an impressive performance from Mccory getting a deserved stoppage.
 
Dalton Miller vs Paul Gordon, 4 x 3 minute rounds, super middleweight
It’s a debut here for Gordon, who looks in very good shape as he takes on the more experienced Dalton Miller, a man looking to break a streak of four losses.
Miller controls centre ring at the start using a strong jab. Gordon lands his own overhand right to suppress Miller and make his own statement in the round.
Into two and neither fighter establishes themselves as they have a good exchange centre ring. Miller looks the looser of the two fighters, able to let his hands go with more ease but Gordon lands well to close the round.
Round three and Miller walks straight out to assert himself, landing heavy shots and loading up on his punches more than in the previous two rounds. Gordon weathers it well, showing a clear head or a man making his first professional outing.  He starts to turn the tables and pins Miller to the ropes, able to start unloading his own shots. Miller looks tired here after his earlier exploits and Gordon finishes the stronger.
The final round and by now neither fighter is using their jab to establish range , instead looking to close space with heavier shots. Both fighters look to close the round off strongly as there are good exchanges between the two as the bell sounds.

The fight is scored a 39-39 draw; for Miller he ends the losing streak and for Gordon it was an impressive debut, able to hold his own with an experienced and good fighter.
 
Jordan Joseph vs Elvis Dube, 6 x 3 minute rounds, light heavyweight
As the two listen to the referee’s instructions at the start of the fight it is immediately apparent that Joseph must carry a six inch height advantage in this fight, if not more.  However from the first round he fails to utilise it, even being caught with the odd jab from the squat Dube. Joseph seems to lack the power to put Dube off his continual charge forward and is lacing the foot movement to work off the back feet and use his range.
In the second the two stand and trade but neither gets the upper hand, seemingly happy to eat each other's punches. Joseph seems to wing his shows in from angles, lacking the snap and power behind them that would make Dube thin twice about approaching. Dube continues looking to push inside the jab that occasionally comes back at him.
Round three, Dube throws left, right, left, right combo that is well covered by Joseph and is perhaps the busier of the two through the round.  Into the fourth again Joseph can't use his height and reach which is becoming a theme here and is allowing Dube to get inside and try to do his own work.  By five Dube is possibly landing the cleaner shots through as again Joseph doesn't seem to fight to his natural advantage.
In six Dube pins him to the ropes early, throwing quick combination and landing a handful of clean shots and the fight fizzles out to the final bell, ending in a 59-56 win for Joseph.  This was a frustrating performance that left you wanting Joseph to find the power in the jab to open the distance.
 
Mark Little vs Moses Matovu, 4 x 3 minute rounds, cruiserweight
There’s huge crowd support for Little as the place gets louder on his arrival, maing his way to the ring to the sound of the Outhere brothers track ‘Boom Boom Boom’.
In the opening round Matovu moves well and throw occasional flurries of shots. Little is very straight in his movement, not closing the ring laterally but following Matovu into corners.
Round two is similar, Little struggling to cut the ring off as the wily veteran rolls out of the way of attacks. Little lands a few clean shots and Moses is respecting his punches, not playing to the crowd…….yet.
In the third again little walks forward I'm straight lines, lacking the sideways movement that would make the escape routes for Matovu a narrower passage.  Matovu occasionally throws from out of the corner to reclaim his space in the ring and a couple of wild left hooks start to warm both Matovu and the crowd up, before we get some arm winding, crowd engaging and a quick shuffle.  Matovu has found his stride.
By the fourth round Matovu is winding up the large shots and playing to the crowd in his pantomime villain role.  Little covers and does his own work in return to claim a comfortable 40-37 win.
 
Sohail Ahmad vs Duane Grimes, 6 x 3 minute rounds, light welterweight
Ahmad carries a height advantage into this fight and is caught by Grimes with an early right overhand from the smaller fighter.  Ahmad then remains elusive through Grimes charging in before he catches Grimes with a big right hand, following it up with a stepping left shot and then a final right sees Grimes bounce off the canvas.  The referee jumps in to signal a very early stoppage as Ahmad impressively claims the dirst round stoppage win.  Grimes is helped to his feet as Ahmad celebrates to the crowd.

Mohammed Sharif vs Stanislavs Makarenko, 4 x 3 minute rounds, cruiserweight
It’s an ineventful first round as the two feel each other out tentatively, neither willing to commit.  In the second Sharif throws some lunging rights but is unable to connect, both fighters stay busy but there’s a lack of quality work from either.
Rounds three and four carry on very much the same as the first two.  Sharif shows some good evasion abilities but lack any quality work going the other way.   Makarenko is able to lands some nice head shots but both neglect the body punches and could do with varying their shots. The fight gets through to the final bell without it ever catching fire and sees an upset as the Latvian Makarenko walks away with a 39-38 victory.

Pauly Upton vs Zoltan Turi, 8 x 3 minute rounds, light middleweight
The Upton clan get into full voice as their lad is lead to the ring by Ricky Hatton.
Upton uses the jab straight away before switching in and out of southpaw early doors.  He measures the range with his reach advantage, pawing at Turi throughout. Upton lands straight left out of southpaw to rock the head before switching back and landing flush straight right from an orthodox position showing a good fluidity in his switch hitting.  Turi lands his own shots against the ropes but Upton is comfortable and works his way out
In the second Upton is happy to give up centre ring and work from the ropes, covers well but doesn't counterpunch often, letting Turi do his work before landing his own shots. Upton uses the jab well again to close the round.
In the third round Upton starts to fight on the front foot more, looking to dictate the pace himself.  By the fourth Turi is again working him on the ropes, Upton is happy to cover and let the smaller man do his work before spinning him off and working his own shots. Upton looks for openings and pot shots with success, Turi however shows great heart in continuing his front foot assault.
In round five Turi is given a warning for lifting Upton in the corner.  It shows an agricultural approach, but a lack of power is costing Upton here as he can’t provide the deterrent that would open up the opportunities to prolong his attacks.
At the start of the sixth Upton peppers Turi with head shots but still can't dissuade him from coming forwards. He makes Turi look foolish running into the corner as he evades a charge, but there are lazy shots by upton towards the end of the sixth, pushing punches without damage.  He starts to show signs of tiredness towards the end of the round.
Round seven sees Upton take up his temporary off on the ropes again.  By now he has opened a clear advantage on his oppo 4 xnent and it would be good to see him plant his feet and try some power to assert his authority. That however doesn’t put off the Upton clan, who continue to raise the volume up in the balcony.
Round eight and early on Upton counters nicely to move out of the corner. Upton starts to engage more but the shots only seem to encourage Turi on, slapping his own gloves off head and body and beckoning Upton to stand a trade.  Upton is too wily to accept the invite though as he closes the fight off with more slick defensive work.

80-73 points win for Upton, who satisfies the large crowd with a customary wave as he exits the ring.

Matthew Chanda vs Slaveya Stefanov, 6 x 3 minute rounds, super bantamweight
Chanda is the visibly smaller fighter here, following Stefanov around the ring and looking for gaps in the defence. Stefanov uses the jab well and evades the incoming Chanda. Stefanov is on the trot throughout, seemingly stuck in reverse gear and Chanda is unable to pin him down.
In the second round a good overhand from Chanda on the rare occasion he can find his opponent in one place.  Little is coming back from Stefanov as he seems more intent on working in reverse than using his own shots.  Chanda finally catches up with the back foot fighter as a solid right to the body drops Stefanov who sees the bell, only to retire on his stool at the end of the round.
It was a good performance from Chanda who will feel he has been in a marathon - not through the pain of the fight but after finding himself running after the opponent for the duration.

Tyrone McCullagh vs Bence Sipos, 4 x 3 minute rounds, featherweight
McCullough walksmstraightnoutntonhismopponent in his southpaw stance, making an early statement as he throws every shot with power and intent. McCullagh dominates the round with heavy shots off both hands and it's clear Sipos is in trouble here, head and body shots making him visibly wince. Mccullagh is composed and clinical, he doesn't waste shots and has real spite in everything he throws.
In the second round the battering continues as Mccullagh doesn't waste a shot, painfully dismantling his opponent in every department before the ref spares him any more punishment and jumps between the two. This was impressive from McCullagh who showed he is a class apart from this level.

Andrew Joicey vs Csaba Bolcskei, 6 x 3 minute rounds, light welterweight
Part atmosphere for the arrival of Joicey. Scrappy first and second rounds with the best shot a left hand from joicey. By the third Joicey tries to load up on shots and lands a couple cleanly, finding gaps by penetrating the defence of Bolcskei.
In round four both fighters are busy, difficult to separate the two but Joicey perhaps landing the cleaner work. Nice left hook seems to rock Bolcskei but again he comes forward to end the round.
By the fifth Bolcskei is bleeding from the nose and both fighters seem to tire as they engage more and trade. Joicey seems to have the best of the exchanges, landed flush numerous times but his opponent keeps coming. The pattern continues through the sixth, and Joicey claims a 59-56 points win to move to 3-0.

Sonny Upton vs Ryan Toms, 10 x 3 minute rounds, light middleweight
The Upton clan start up again as Sonny takes to the ring this time to fight southpaw atoms in an eliminator to fight for the English title.  Neither fighter engages in round one as they weigh each other up from a distance, Upton swings a large right hand but misses. Clash of stances doesn't help proceedings in the first round but Upton gets the upper hand With his raiding attacks.
Upton is composed through the second and doesn't rush his attacks, he has a predator like approach to this. He evades the approaches of Toms well to claim another round. In the third Toms seems to waste a lot of shots, not finding their home on an elusive Upton. The two trade in the corner and while neither fully committed to the attacks you are again left to think Upton has the upperhand.
In the fourth two good stiff jabs from Upton can't stop Toms coming forwards. Toms lands his own solid lefts as the two again seem to not blend in styles at times. Left finds a home for Toms as his fans pick up the volume. Better from him. The fifth sees atoms start to gauge the attacks better of a Upton and find his timing, displaying a better array of shits with more success. Upton perhaps looks the fresher, but that's because Toms has the better work rate. Toms gets a public warning for use of the arm in holding Upton down.
Through the sixth round Toms is being encouraged by his corner not to let Ipton out of the corners when he gets him there but Upton is a slippery character, working his way out. Both seemingly lack the power to hurt each other as Toms seems to constantly pin Upton to the ropes without landing significant shots. In the seventh the loud crowd are having duelling chants of 'there's only one....Ryan toms or Sonny Upton, depending on preference. Toms land a nice straight left on the ropes as Upton takes his home again in the corner.
Round eight sees Uptom take a temporary fall from the ring, deemed a no knock down by the referee. toms continues to go in search of him, Upton offering his chin on display to tempt him in but to no avail. In the ninth Upton starts to use the lead right, pot shooting Toms at will. It works well as he's still the sharper of the two.
Upton dominates the last stanza, Toms throwing the jab but unable to connect and Upton still hitting sharper punches. Good lead left by toms doesn't bother Upton who continues to use slick footwork to evade before throwing quick combinations. The fight doesn't quite catch fire throughout, Upton happy doing his work off the ropes and being slightly too slick through for Toms. It is reflected in the scoring as Upton claims the 99-93 victory.