Motorpoint arena was once again the venue for Championship boxing in Cardiff – in a show billed ‘Night of the Dragon’. Cardiff Promotions and Sport and Stage Ltd gave the fans a good bill of boxing in a further celebration of St.David’s Day.
Headlining the show was Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley, who got back to winning ways in an entertaining and competitive clash with Scotland’s Gavin Reid, for the vacant Celtic super bantamweight title.
The fight opened at a frantic pace with both men looking to impose themself on the other. Turley, as is his style, used good head movement to prove elusive at times. Throughout the bout Turley picked his shots well, while Reid looked to employ a sound jab. In the third round it was a left hook, on the ropes, by Turley that looked to have momentarily stunned Reid and a barrage of head and body shots followed as the Welshman tried to capitalise.
In the fifth round a lot of blood was coming from Reid’s nose as Turley’s left hooks did more damage. Reid was looking bruised on the cheeks and in the 6th round had blood coming from the left ear. It looked as though part of the ear had torn off or been badly cut. The doctor advised that the bout be halted and Turley was crowned the champion in front of his fans. Turley was in control of the fight though at times was a bit too eager to land the big shots.
Turley’s record improves to 11- 4 while Reid’s falls to 6-12-1.
The Fight of the Night was between two unbeaten Welterweight prospects: Dai Jones, of Blackwood and Gareth Piper, of Cardiff. Piper, the taller boxer was looking to use the jab but wasn’t allowed any room by the forward marching Jones. The first round opened to a very fast pace, set by the Blackwood boxer. Jones was relentless in landing hooks, to body and head, while forcing Piper backwards. Jones kept the same style of pressure fighting throughout the contest and there was no real answer from Piper. Jones landed often and for me won all 4 rounds. The official score was 40 – 37 in Jones favour.
Jones unbeaten record is now 3-0 while Pipers falls to 1-1-1
In a super flyweight contest: 22-year old Kyle King, of Cardiff got another win under his belt against Sheffield showman Anwar Alfadli. King had most joy in the fight with body shots against the, at times, wild and flashy shots of Alfadli. The Sheffield fighter’s unorthodox style meant he was hard to pin down but the steadier work came from the Cardiff man. The official score 40-36 to King.
King improves to 3-2 while Alfadi drops to 1-22-2.
Experienced Barrie Jones of Ferndale won his third fight in a row. He won every round against Birmingham’s, Andrew Patterson in a four round contest. Jones controlled the light middleweight bout using stylish boxing and movement along with a good southpaw jab. Jones timing was excellent all the way through and he rightly won on the official scorecard: 40-36.
Jones record improves to 19-9 while Patterson drops to 4-27
In another light middleweight contest: The opening bout of the evening saw undefeated Dale Evans, of Camarthen score an impressive second round stoppage over Kyle Winters of Sheffield. Evans showed a good variety of punches to head and body. In the second round, a big right hand badly staggered Winters. Evans followed up with a barrage of shots and the referee Clarke Joslyn saved Winter’s on his feet. The referee’s intervention was spot on.
Evans record improves to 2-0-1 while Winters drops to 1-1.
A vibrant crowd saw a good evening of boxing and let’s hope there are more shows to come.
Highlights of the show can be seen this Tuesday on S4C at 21.30.