BELFAST welterweight Lewis Crocker topped MTK’s invoice on the Bolton Whites Lodge and maintained his 100 per cent file. The large margin of victory over Cologne’s Deniz Ilbay on the conclusion of 10 extremely entertaining rounds, although, fails to totally inform the story and positively doesn’t mirror the toughness of an opponent who simply wouldn’t succumb.
After a detailed couple of early rounds, Lewis seemed to have made the breakthrough late within the third when a crunching left to the physique and a follow-up proper despatched Ilbay to 1 knee. At that time the chances on it being an early end seemed notably beneficial, however nobody had seemingly instructed the person from the Rhine. He got here storming again late within the fourth, to such a level that Crocker was left holding after being tagged by a weighty proper.
That was pretty much as good because it bought for Deniz, however whereas he didn’t seem to have a reverse gear, what he did possess was guts aplenty and a critically arduous head off of which Crocker’s pictures recurrently bounced. It did seem like Lewis may lastly get that stoppage within the closing session as he threw every part however the kitchen sink at Ilbay, however it wasn’t to be.
Playing cards on the end learn 97-93, 97-92 and 99-90 for judges Mike Alexander, Terry O’Connor and Bob Williams respectively, all in favour of “The Croc”, however what a tough man Ilbay confirmed he’s. Steve Grey refereed.
It had been a case of unfortunate 13 for Kazakh light-weight Viktor Kotochigov in Dubai in October when, over 10 rounds, he slipped to a primary profession defeat by the hands of Rossington’s revitalised Maxi Hughes.
Maxi returns to this exact same Bolton ring this Friday (March 19), when he takes on Belfast’s Paul Hyland Jnr, with the British title up for grabs. However for Kotochigov, the Irishman dealing with him throughout the ring got here from south of the border. Unbeaten Naas southpaw Gary Cully and bout No. 14 proved even worse for him than the earlier outing, with Cully needing simply over a round-and-a-half to safe a technical count-out win.
Having backed Viktor up within the opener, Gary started the second in assured temper. A pair of uppercuts had already discovered the goal earlier than a peach of a left despatched Kotochigov over flat on his again. Referee Williams disbursed with the rely at 2-14, because the Kazakh stumbled whereas making an attempt to regain his toes. It had been set for 10.
In what was his first outing in over a yr, and boxing in a British ring for the primary time since early 2019, Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe was grateful of the chance to shake off a bit of ring rust in a scheduled six towards late substitute Ed Harrison of Blackpool.
As anticipated, Lowe got here out on prime, with referee Alexander scoring him a 60-55 winner. Nonetheless, he may’ve achieved with out the diagonal lower to the left eyebrow, sustained when heads clashed within the third. Harrison was by no means overly troubled and, within the second half particularly, gave it an actual go.
Luton’s Jordan Reynolds and Northampton’s Carl Fail, each beforehand embellished amateurs, left the vests behind and emerged victorious of their respective six-round paid debuts towards Robbie Chapman and Jordan Dujon respectively.
Barnet’s Dujon had received all 4 beforehand, however Fail, whose twin brother Ben was one other latest addition to the professionals, proved a harder proposition. Though Dujon made a greater fist of it within the nearer second half, he was unable to forestall left-hander Carl from taking the 58-56 determination of referee Williams.
Tattooed Reynolds, in the meantime, proceeded to care for “Camden Caretaker” Chapman, rising a shutout 60-54 winner for referee Williams after a one-sided affair. Relaxed all through, and along with his palms low at occasions, he shook Robbie – who at one level needed to bear a Paulie Malignaggi-style hair trim – with an enormous left within the second.
Bournemouth’s Mace Ruegg switched recurrently, scored with a number of combos and proper uppercuts and completed strongly en path to a 40-36 victory over Prestwich novice Levi Dunn. The bout was overseen by Mr Alexander.
THE VERDICT The second of three consecutive exhibits at this sizeable venue proves one other success for MTK.
Lewis Crocker (146lbs), 13-0 (7), w pts 10 Deniz Ilbay (146lbs), 22-3 (10); Gary Cully (134lbs 9oz), 12-0 (6), w tco 2 Viktor Kotochigov (134 1/4lbs), 12-2 (5); Isaac Lowe (128lbs 3oz), 21-0-3 (6), w pts 6 Ed Harrison (127lbs), 2-6; Mace Ruegg (135lbs 1oz), 4-0, w pts 4 Levi Dunn (136lbs 2oz), 0-3; Jordan Reynolds (165lbs), 1-0, w pts 6 Robbie Chapman (167 1/4lbs), 6-7; Carl Fail (156lbs), 1-0, w pts 6 Jordan Dujon (158 1/4lbs), 4-1.