Brad Foster brought fireworks to Frank Warren’s BT Sport televised show at York Hall, in a dramatic title bout with Lucien Reid. The Lichfield man will be heading home with both of his belts too, as the Londoner was pulled out by his corner after a gruelling sixth round.
Arguably the referee should have stepped in during that sixth. Reid, who had been competitive throughout, was beaten from pillar to post in the latter stages of the sixth and was able to offer little in return. From my slightly compromised viewpoint at ringside, as more and more photographers and cameramen rushed to get their shot, it looked like the referee should have stepped in earlier.
A win for Foster it was though, however it came. Having defended his super bantamweight British and Commonwealth straps it will be interesting to see where he heads next. Certainly, he’s boxing with supreme confidence and impressed with his strength against Reid. Foster was able to man-handle his opponent at will in close and consistently worked his shots well inside. Reid had the best of it when the fight was at long range but didn’t manage to keep the fight ‘long’ with any consistency.
Umar Sadiq won his British title eliminator against unbeaten Welshman, Kody Davies. The Gavin-Rees trained former light-heavy looked to have struggled with the weight cut. For the full story of the eliminator take a look at our in depth article linked below.
Elsewhere on the card, the former Olympian, from Keighley, Muhammad Ali, made his debut. However, his Bulgarian opponent, Stefan Sashev, was out to spoil from the off. He held so consistently that he was warned in the first round and disqualified in the second. The well supported Yorkshireman has bags of talent and potential – but didn’t get the chance to show off too much of it on his debut. He looked frustrated at the finish and his fans will no doubt look forward to his ring return, when those frustrations are exercised.
Sam Noakes stood out, bagging a first round stoppage. The referee and doctor decided the swelling under Des Newton’s right-eye was too concerning for the Devon man to continue. It’s the first time he’s been stopped and Noakes’ shots looked impressively hurtful from the off.
Louie Lynn bagged a stoppage at featherweight, living up to his ‘Loco’ nickname. He consistently barraged Brayan Mairena and, though the stoppage may have been a little premature, it looked like Lynn was going to find a way to get his man out of there sooner or later.
There were routine wins for Alex Bishop, Ethan James, Henry Turner and Dennis McCann. All won shut-out four round points victories.
Ryan Garner and Jamie Quinn fought an enjoyable six rounds at super-featherweight. Garner’s fluent style is a treat for fans and Quinn was eager to test ‘the piranha’. Garner learned plenty and bagged a shut-out points win.