York Hall, intimidating to a first timer like me, but inspiringly so. A cracking East End atmosphere greeted the two Team Southpaw Jab fighters, and dozens of other perfectly primed professionals on the busy Goodwin Boxing card last Saturday.
Ricky Heavens was right back on the horse, desperate to return to winning ways immediately having tasted defeat for the first time as a pro in September. Jack Hughes, a man who lost his debut, went on to prove doubters wrong yet again by going for the second strap of his seven fight career. He took on Ricky Little over ten for the brand new Southern Area Super Flyweight title.
The evening began in great fashion for our guys when Ricky ‘Slick Rick’ Heavens narrowly beat awkward Victor Edagha. After a tight first round with Edagha in good form- still hot from his first ever win last time out, Ricky grew into the fight in the second. Forcing Edagha onto the ropes after a series of jabs, Slick Rick took control. The third continued in the same vein with Heavens landing a series of jabs and hooks.
Victor made the fourth and final round immensely difficult for Heavens, switching his stance continually. Ricky, intent on getting back to winning ways and making sure his hair was still perfect, clinched the win with a series of jabs to Edgaha’s body. This performance was made even more impressive by the fact that Ricky was suffering with a cold and in the post fight interview could hardly speak. Anyone doubting these fighters’ devotion, don’t.
Next up was Jack ‘The Punk Kid’ Hughes; fighting for the Southern Area Super Flyweight title against Southampton terror Ricky Little. Unfortunately Jack’s fur white shorts weren’t the only thing that were dazzling the crowd as Little was very impressive in the opening rounds, forcing Jack on to the back foot with buzzing attacks.
In the fourth and fifth we saw a glimpse of the true Punk Kid, as Jack threw a series of head shots causing Ricky Little to go home with two black eyes. The sixth was very even with both fighters matching each other’s punches and often changing positions of who was on the ropes. It was make or break time, a nervous, sweaty Southpaw Jab fan-base willing our man on.
The seventh and eighth stanzas were immense, excellent action. Both fighters understandably tiring, but still throwing jabs, rights, lefts, whatever they had in them to sill heave. Little probably had the better of the eighth- at one point forcing Jack to stumble back onto the ropes landing a series of left and right hooks.
The ninth and crucial final round were simply brutal. Both fighters knowing that it would probably go to points, landing punch after punch with neither having a specifically bad spell. While thrilling, the feeling was that Hughes needed the stoppage more.
Unfortunately for Jack the fight went to points and it was a close 96-94 to Ricky Little after an enthralling encounter, which we could all see again. We win together and we loose together. Undoubtedly Jack will be back very soon and definitely be back to winning ways.