Crunch Time - Goodwin Promotions

The Olivia Goodwin promoted Crunch Time show took place Saturday 5th March 2016 out of the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green. A number of debutants took their bow tonight on a show headlined by a Southern Area lightweight title fight.
1.    Joe McCorry v Jason Nesbitt  (6x2 Welterweight)
Unbeaten McCorry took on the seasoned journeyman Nesbitt, making an incredible 206th appearance in the ring.  Nesbitt established his jab early on, even nearly dropping his opponent in the opening seconds although it was more stumble than fall.  Nesbitt showed for the remainder of the round quite why he has lasted 205 previous fights as he covered the majority of shots.  The first ended with McCorry working him on the ropes as the bell rung.  The second followed a similar vein as McCorry made his jab pay.  A strong left hook moved Nesbitt away from the ropes but again, although not throwing back he was clearly comfortable enough.

In the third Nesbitt showed ambition early on, throwing a wild left hook that McCorry slickly ducked and started to open up, including some rate body shots which seemed to have an impact.  He didn't follow it up to effect though as Nesbitt took the rare opportunity to take centre ring.  Round for went by in a similar vein and in the fifth McCorry worked well to the body against the ropes.  Again though, the teak tough Nesbitt showed no weakness and no ambition.  A messy struggle started the final round as Nesbitt tied up processings.  McCorry you feel could have unloaded what he had left in the tank to excite those following fans but he carried on working that jab and using the occasional flurry.  It was enough to make sure of a comprehensive win but not enough to force an early end, picking the the points win of 60-54. 

2.    Michael Kalilec v Szabolcs Sipo (4x3 Cruiserweight)
 Southpaw Kalilec made his debut against Hungarian Sipo, who was at a clear height disadvantage of around 4 inches.  He tried to get around this with a unique style, hunching his head down and trying to run into range.  Kalilec stayed cool under the pressure in the first and held the squat Hungarian off while occasionally closing the distance himself to work the left hook to the body. 

The highlight of the second was a faint by Kalilec that opened the guard of Sipo to allow him to throw some power shots against the ropes.  Sipo was awkward on the retreat as Kalilec put further pressure on in the round.  The attacks by Sipo came in the form of swinging overhands aiming at the chin of Kalilec who was too slick to allow connection.  In the third Kalilec was happier to throw in bunches, a combination finding its home on the smaller man who appeared to by tiring and was launching less offence himself.  He did however find some success with a left hook that reminded Kalilec that there was still a danger in the fight. 

By the fourth blood was appearing from the nose of Silo who now was plodding backwards and a straight left counter from Kalilec dropped him.  Kalilec sprinted in as he rose from a seven count, pinning him to the corner and unleashing a barrage of shots that saw the referee Kieran McCann jump between the two and call a halt to proceedings, saving the tired Sipo further punishment at 1 minute 18 seconds of the fourth round.  A good debut and starts his career with a stoppage win,

3.    Shaq Day v Danny Brown (4x3 Super-Welterweight)
Day makes his second professional outing, looking to make it two wins from two.  The southpaw Brown worked on the retreat for the first round, happy to let Day dictate the pace and rarely throwing his own hands.  Day couldn't find sustained success though as Brown evaded his best work.  The round ended with a nice exchange between the two on the ropes as Day held the upper hand. 

Day again did the better work in the second, a nice uppercut being the best shot of a busy first half of the round.  Good upper body movement seemed to make Day a hard target to find for Brown, nicely out of range when the rare jab came back his way.  He again stalked Brown around the ring but doesn't seem to have the power in the shots to cause significant damage.

Rounds three and four continued at a similar tempo, Day having things nearly all his own way.  Brown did try in the last to tempt him in for a scrap, dropping his hands and circling the ring but Day showed good awareness and didn't get tempted into the trap.  Day made it two wins from two, the referee scoring the fight 39-38.

4.    Sonny Upton v Kevin MaCauley (6x3 Super-Welterweight)
MacCauley made his second outing in two weeks having last week gone the distance with Aaron Morgan at the same venue.  Upton was looking for his seventh win on the bounce, as usual flanked by legendary Ricky Hatton and supported by the ever loud Upton Clan in the rafters.

MaCauley came out firing, looking to rough Upton into the ropes with a wild overhand.  Upton looked sharp, a solid left hook connecting early and then another soon after as the two traded through the first round. Macauley worked through his box of journeyman tricks, putting his hands down by his knees and shaking them around.  Upton didn't look in the mood for games though and planted his feet through the round.  Macauley seemed comfortable enough though, raising a smile to let him know that he had seen it all before. 

Macauley showed more adventure than his journeyman status suggested and was goading Upton in to attack.  Upton continued to be the aggressor though and MaCauley was happy to play up to his pantomime villain role.  Into the third round while in a clinch in the corner, MaCauley threw his head in the cirection of Upton.  Although not particularly catching or damaging, the referee wasn't happy with what he saw and called a halt to proceedings; a disqualification was declared for the headbutt as Upton claimed the victory.

5.    Ollie Pinnock v Jack Green (4x3 Welterweight)
Debutant Green, also known to fans as the trainer of English title challenger Jamie Speight, took his place against Ollie Pinnock who was looking to continue the winning start to his career and make it three in a row. 

Green was cautious to engage through the start of the round, circling the ring as he stayed out of the range of Pinnock, who worked his jab well when he could find range.   Green showed a little more willingness at the start of the second but it was still Pinnock who was the busier of the two, his jab although finding a target wasn't causing any damage.  It was his work to the body which seemed more effective as he worked left and right hooks.  As the round was nearing the end it again was the body shots that worked best, a good left and right dropped Green's hands as a left hook went to the head. 

In the third Green was tiring quickly and Pinnock looked to up the work rate against the debutant.  He lacked the snap behind the punches though to cause damage to Green who was still busy circling the ring.  A big overhand right from Pinnock at the end of the round sparked a flurried attack but the ring bell stopped him from being able to take full advantage.  In the final round Green covered well to avoid damage and tied up the busier Pinnock whenever the two came together.  The fight ended as it had begun, Pinnock in control and working to chase down his opponent.  Pinnock showed good stamina in being the worker through the three rounds.  He couldn't find the power that he needed to wobble Green though who will have been happy to hear the final bell.  A 40-36 win for Pinnock to move him to 3-0. 

6.    Andrew Joicey v Ivalio Boyanov (6x3 Super-Lightweight)
 Joicey was looking to extend his unbeaten start having racked up three wins to date.  His Bulgarian opponent had a couple of stoppage losses in his career to date so it was a good opportunity for Joicey to get his first stoppage win.

Boyanov had the best of the first round to the surprise of many ringside, landing some heavy body shots to Joicey and having the best of an exchange that saw him covering in the corner.  Boyanov had a big size advantage in both height and width, making Joicey struggle to get inside his jab.  In the second Boyanov established his longer jab well, landing at will through the round and again beating Joicey to the punch then making sure he was out of range for the returns.  Joicey defended well given the amount coming his way but still a large number of punches connected.

Joicey has more success in the third, evening the fight up with some good combinations.  Boyanov still had his own successes, including a big right hook but Joiecy was the aggressor for the majority of the three minutes. The busier work came from Joicey, perhaps the more damaging work from Boyanov.  The fourth was back and forth, both fighters seemingly tiring and wary of the punches of each other.  Boyanov was bleeding from the nose by the middle ofthe round as Joicey looked to step up his work rate to take advantage of the damage.  The round ended with an exchange that saw Joicey step from left to right and lay body shots into the Bulgarian. 

Joiecy revved the crowd up before the fifth, looking to gain the support to carry him through a gruelling scrap.  Boyanov though was not standing down and the two exchanged hard blows from the start of the round, neither taking a backward step.  Joicey landed an accidental low blow which halted proceedings, Boayanov restarted with some showboating centre ring but it wasn't long before again the two traded blows.  The success was 50/50 but again it seemed the more meaningful shots belonged to Boyanov. 

The last round saw the bloodied Boyanov take a straight right from the off and Joiecy realised there was an urgency to the round.  Again though Boyanov was finding success with he jab and the left hooks the the body.  Joicey was never deterred, happy to take a breath and get back into the war.  The last round could have been fought in a phone box, each boxer happy to stand and trade punches in a macho stand off.  A big left hand eventually sent Boyanov to the back foot.

This was a great tear up, both fighters deserved the standing ovation granted to them when the final bell rang and the Bulgarian team lifted their man in the air.  Joicey took the applause from his supporters and the announcer read the scores:  the referee awarding a 58-57 win to Boyanov in a fight that did both lads proud. 

7.    Tommy Black v Andy Neylon (4x3 Light-Heavyweight)
Black makes his debut against a fighter with five losses on his record.  It starts with the two exchanging jabs, neither getting an obvious advantage.  In the second Black pins Neylon on the ropes and unloads but doesn't seem to do any damage as Neylon almost throws him back out to the middle  of the ring and Black goes off balance. 

Black doesn't appear to have the power to damage opponent, the times he does get inside the jab in the third round he can't make it count in the flurry of attacks he throws.  Neylon's attacks were isolated to single shots, looking for the big right hand on the times he did his work.  Black ate a left hook as he charged Neylon in the corner in the final round, a fight in which neither fighters was able to make any significant impact.  Black took the result 39-38.

8.    Luke Robinson v Tamas Danko (4x3 Light-Heavyweight)
Another debutant for the evening was Luke Robinson who was facing Hungarian Danko.  Robinson got the biggest ovation so far tonight, walking down  to the familiar sounds of Oasis's track Supersonic.  The crowd made themselves heard as the two touched gloves to start proceedings. 

The assertive jab of Robinson set up the good work from the start, a steady base that allowed him to show off some heavy attacks.  Danko was heavily marked under the left eye by the end of the first round, testament to the heavy punching power that Robinson displayed.  The jab stayed strong, continually rocking back the Bulgarian when he tried to walk forwards.  By the time the minute break was over at the end of the first the damage to the left eye had increased and the doctor was called over to observe.  A wave of the hands later and this fight had ended, seeing Robinson score an impressive debut stoppage win and the crowd giving the applause he deserved. 

9.  Duane Sinclair v Tzvetozar Iiliev (4x3 Light-Heavyweight)
Certainly an elaborate entrance for Sinclair, walking to the rind with a piece of music I wasn't accustomed to and may have been more commonly heard in an opera house. Making his debut, Sinclair is a large man for light heavyweight, a point he demonstrated admirably by stepping over the top rope as he made his way into the ring.  It's an introduction to boxing that leaves a lot to live up to against a Bulgarian fighter who has a number of wins on his record.

The height of Sinclair was accentuated by the shortness of Liliev.  The first round saw Sinclair use the height and reach advantage well, utilising the jab to keep the marauding Liliev at range.  Liliev did though find ways to work inside and shut the distance, having success when he did make his way in.  Sinclair though was the busier fighter and kept the shorter man at bay.

The second had an explosive start, the two happy to exchange punches against the ropes .  Liliev then reclaimed centre ring as Sinclair reverted to his gameplan of using the jab.  Liliev was agricultural in approach, winging in big shots to try and set up attacks.  Sinclair seemed happy to engage in the action and wobbled Liliev with a heavy uppercut that wobbled him.  Sinclair looked to move in and take advantage but Liliev tied up the bigger man to halt his work - unhappy with the scenario, Sinclair tossed him almost to the floor.  The referee gave him a ticking off, but it undoubtedly showed the stronger of the two.

The third round saw a more controlled Sinclair, better using the natural size advantage and working off his back foot more.  The round ended though with the two back to old ways, happy to stand in each other's pockets and throw at each other.

The final round saw Iiliev again shut the distance on every occassion possible.  Sinclair didn't back down once again as the two spent the round in a scrappy affair.  Neither was able take the obvious advantage though as the round came to an end.  It wasn't a scientific matchup, the referee scoring it 39-38 in Sinclair's favour.

10.  Adam Hart v Yavor Marinchev (4x3 Cruiserweight)
Hart is looking to make it 3-0 tonight against Bulgarian Marinchev.  The southpaw has a big home following tonight.  The two failed to catch light in the first round, the best shots being lead rights from Hart.  He showed some surprisingly nimble footwork for a big fella as he got out of the way of Marinchev's advantages.  Hart landed three or four good strong counters in the round that drew the "ooh" and "aahs" from the crowd. 

A huge counter right by Marinchev in the second round saw Hart take the canvas, his head landing hard.  He made the count on wobbly legs and Marinchev sprinted over to take advantage.  Hart didn't appear ready as Marichnev went in again but Hart reacted throwing a shaky looking big right hand to thin air.  Marinchev manoeuvred him across the ring and pinned him to the corner where he unloaded heavy shots, causing the referee to jump in and end the fight to the obvious disappointment of a beaten Hart. 

11.  Ashley Sexton v Ignac Kassai (6x3 Super-Bantamweight)
 In his first fight in 12 months, former English champion Sexton came out aggressively against Hungarian Kassain.  The pace slowed as Sexton looked to work a more technical fight.  As Kassai tied him up Sexton threw him to the ground, earning a public ticking off from the referee.  By the second it was clear any ring rust for Sexton was gone as he looked at ease against the southpaw opponent and his class was showing, happy to drop his hands and circle around while popping in shots at will. 

The third continued in a similar way, Kassai now looking to tie up when the opportunity presented itself.  There was little of note through the third and fourth as Sexton continued to dominate without being able to worry his opponent too much. 

In the fifth Kassai had the odd bit of success but his most notable skill was the ability to stand up under constant attacks from Sexton who was the clear class act here.  In the final round Sexton finished blowing off his cobwebs, working punches nicely to head and body.  an inadvertant low blow from Kassai saw him earn a ticking off - the crowd lifted up when they were brought back together and Sexton exchanged the customary glove touch to instead land a blow of his own.  Sexton ended well, showing a good appetite for the fight and showing a level above his opponent.  The full six rounds would have done him some good to get his timing and accuracy fine tuned. The referee scored it 60-55 to Sexton.

12.  Josh Goodwin v James Conroy (4x3 Super-Middleweight)
Promoter turned fighter Josh Goodwin makes his debut here, huge pressure on the young lads head as he makes his first appearance, even more so given the show is promoted by his sister while boss man and father Steve sits ringside!! 

No privileges were given to Goodwin here just as none were expected.  Conroy worked an awkward style, slipping in and out of southpaw and doing his best to make Goodwin miss.  Conroy was happy to let the younger man do the work while he worked on the outside of range and slipped the shots.  Goodwin found success when he managed to find Conroy on the ropes at the end of the first round.  In the second Conroy, despite being the larger of the two, was showing a lightness on his feet as he circled around the ring.  Goodwin worked from the centre off of his jab but never quite finding the opportunity to work quality shots on the inside.  When he did get Conroy into range, Conroy displayed a slick defence in slipping away and refusing to be pinned down.  One of the rare exchanges saw Goodwin work Coyle in the corner, landing a handful of shots before taking a left hook on the way out. 

By the third Conroy seemed happy to make Goodwin work around the ring, again being more elusive than engaging.  When Goodwin could catch up with him he seemingly lacked the power to trouble his opponent although did land some nice body shots on the rare times he could work around the tight guard.

Conroy didn't change things up in the fourth, refusing to come into range and Goodwin couldn't find the effective work to close the distance and make him engage.  Neither was an obvious winner from the round but it did start to catch fire more as the bell approached. 

In the end a loud applause came over the York Hall as Goodwin was announce the 40-36 winner.

13.  Johnny Coyle v Igo Gogosevic  (6x3 Welterweight)
Johnny Coyle looks to build on his unbeaten 12 fight career against a man he has a good two to three inch reach advantage over.  Coming out in his southpaw stance he holds centre ring against Croatian Gogosevic and is the aggressor throughout the round as Gogosevic only returns in single big shots.   

Coyle was always in control through the second round, then the third lit up when he hunted down Gogosevic.  A good exchange ended with Coyle doing the better work then Gogosevic stumbling to the ground.  It wasn't a knock down but Gogosevic protested about the manner in which it happened.  It sparked him into action as he took a more aggressive approach and swung big shots at Coyle.  He seemed to turn half madman as he began to punch his own head and beckon Coyle on, but he kept his cool and allowed Gogosevic to carry out his best work on himself. 

Coyle again in the fourth showed both his class and accuracy as he continued to work away on a now tiring Gogossevic.  A gumshield went flying from the mouth of Gogosevic who assumed a break in the fight and went to retrieve it.  As he turned away and ignored the rule of keeping your hands up he was met by a huge left hand by Coyle that laid him out on the canvas.  Somehow he regained his feet before the ten count and enraged, launched straight at Coyle who again floored him.  Gogosevic then tried to continue the action in a pushing match that saw the referee intervene and call the fight off as a melee ensued, Gogosevic trying to launch himself across the ring despite the fight already having ended while his cornermen made an attempt to enter the action.  A bizarre outcome and ending to a fight Coyle dominated throughout. 

14.  Floyd Moore v Ben Day (10x3 Southern Area Lightweight Title)
Day showed his usual awkward style from the off, hands by his knees and throwing the jab from awkward angles.  Moore landed jabs of his own but was kept at distance by the longer arms of Day.  Moore seemed reluctant to walk into the distance until half way through the first round he landed a strong right that send Day backwards.  Day smiled it off and continued his languid style to the end of a close first round. 

The second had a hard right to the head from Moore see Day take the back foot.  Day turned the tables and caught Moore in the ropes before they headed back to the centre of the ring.  The crowd were on fire as the red separated the two and gave each a ticking off for punches to the back of the head.  The cleaner work came in the round from Moore as Day was appearing to conserve energy.

The third saw Day start to try and work his shots from angles, dropping the upper body to create opportunities for uppercuts that weren't often landing.  Day slipped a Moore attack nicely on the ropes to turn Moore and land a nice flurry.  Moore continued to seemingly land the harder punches of the two when successful.  Day had started to find his timing, evading jabs from Moore at the end of the round.

Day started the fourth with sharper shots but they didn't seem to have an impact on Moore who kept looking to control centre ring while Day circled, hands by his side in his now customary position.  Day must be an absolute nightmare to share the ring with - in the biggest and hardest fight of his career he throws an Ali shuffle centre ring before seemingly stopping fighting and smiling at Moore who launches an attack into the air as Day gets out of the way. 

Moore started the fifth with speed and aggression, coming straight after Day.  The round slows down as Day heads back to the outside and throws the odd jab at angles.  Moore lands a good two shot combination on the ropes and then steps out before hitting a good triple jab without reply.  Day hits a nice body hook as the round comes to an end.

In the sixth the pair exchange tentative jabs to start before a nice overhand right lands from Moore.  He goes on the attack and lands a vicious left hook after a brief separation by the ref.  Another lands on the ropes as the Moore fans erupt.  Day returns a right hook to the head himself that backs Moore up.  Day doesn't seem to carry the power in his punches to put Moore off his work, but is proving as awkward as ever to keep in one place.  Twice he counters the Moore jab to land nice right crosses, then moves int range to hit a good uppercut.  The round ends with the pair exchanging glances. 
The two start to stand and trade in the seventh and good shots are landed by each.  Day still holds his nonchalant stance, pop shotting the odd punch before wandering off around the ring.  A nice right uppercut left hook land on Moore, who goes for a big overhand right but misses.  Day leaves his chin on display, luring Moore in.  Moore doesn't accept the invitation but continues to work at his pace while day breaks up the rhythm at every opportunity by landing his unorthodox pushing shots then dances back to his corner at the bell!!

They both displayed great heart again at the start of the eighth as shots were exchanged.  Day perhaps had the better of it action, landing a big right hook of his own to end a lively opening.  Moore fired back though connecting with a nice left hook and following up with a powerful right  that Day stood up to without issue.  Day then took a new approach, taking the centre of the ring for a short period while once again dropping the chin out to be hit.  It must be the most dishearterning of fights to face someone who takes shots and seems to be playing around in the ring.  The round ends with Day strolling to the corner of Moore much to the annoyance of those in charge of him, possibly lighting another fire in the Fareham fighter?

A big left in the ninth seemingly pushed Day back momentarily, but it was only a vrief moment as he soon went back to his almost playful stance.  Moore fired off jabs looking to find the distance but struggled to find the chin of Day.  A nice jab was followed by a right for Moore before Day then took the aggressive role against the ropes and fired in a nice uppercut.  For the first time in a captivating fight both boxers started to show signs of tiredness as the bell rang.

Moore started the last stanza like a dog with a bone, going straight after Day and possibly sensing the need for a big round.  After the initial rush stopped Moore then held Day to the ropes and fired off on him, before repeating the act shortly after again and making the packed crowd come to their feet from both fans.  A cut opens over Moore's left eye which seems to only add to the drama of this small hall classic.  Blood smears into Day's hair as the two stand toe to toe on the ropes and give their absolute everything. 

The fight, without catching fire in a traditional sense of a tearup until the later rounds, was a captivating affair that was beautifully played out in front of an entranced crowd.  Beautiful and brutal in equal measures it was a fight you daren't take your eyes off throughout.

The referee scored the fight 97-95 in Moore's favour.  In truth both fighters gave their all and the credit can be handed out equally to the two boxers.  A bloodied Moore retained his southern area title while Day can take great credit in defeat. 

15.  Anto Upton v Zoltan Turai (6x3 Welterweight)
Upton is making his first outing since losing for the English light welterweight title to Joe Hughes back in December, tonight facing Hungarian Turai.  Upton looked sharp from southpaw, a good jab and then uppercut combination landing early on.  Upton dominated the round and continued to do the same through the second without ever asserting his authority too much.

In the third Upton jabbed well again and looked to release the right uppercut when the chance opened up.  In the fourth he went to the body more, as the awkward Turai continued to come forwards.  A nice uppercut into the stomach landed from Upton, who then turned Turai into the corner and landed again to the body in a good combination.  He seemingly lacked the power to keep Turai from coming forward though, his advances continuing through the round.  

Upton continued to be the dominant figure in the fight, Turai unable to establish any of his own work as the Upton brother made a successful return to the ring that left the Upton Clan going home happy.

16. Nathaniel Wilson v Silvike Kebet (4x3 Lightweight)
Wilson make his debut late into the night and the lad has brought a huge following up in the rafters and around the ring as they make themselves heard.  The lad is cut of granite, a real specimen of a young man facing off against Croatian Kebet.  Wilson was eager to get to work, his punches moving Kebet around the ring before he could find him on the ropes.  No damage was done though in the first round despite Wilson's obvious dominance.  Kebet managed to get his own shots off towards the end of the round, nice hooks to the body seemingly catching Wilson by surprise as he backed off to the ropes.

Kebet with his high guard continued to take punishment through the second from Wilson but did throw the odd punch that made Wilson think twice before advancing, landing a couple of nice left hooks that showed the defensive vulnerability Wilson has of not retracting his right hand once he has finished his attacks. 

The highlight of the third was a straight right against the ropes that was landed by Wilson but again the debutant did enough to win the round without risking wearing himself out.  In the fourth Wilson followed suit from the previous round, keeping busy but perhaps not wishing to risk the food work of the previous rounds and take unnecessary chances.  A comprehensive win for the debutant who showed good promise and sent a large crowd home happy with the 40-36 result. 

This was an exhausting night that had everything.  Surprises, knockouts, drama, controversy.  The crowd got value for every penny spent, whether a boxing purist or someone looking for exciting knockouts.  The results may not have gone as hoped for all but this is a night that showed why a packed crowd at York Hall can be as exciting as any boxing in the country.