Ellett climbs off the canvas to edge first ten rounder
Brighton's unbeaten light middleweight Lloyd Ellett (14-0) claimed the vacant British Masters title in a nip-and tuck ten rounder as he bested Welshman Gary Cooper (3-13-1) on a Hellraiser/Diamond Geezer co-promotion at the Brighton Metropole last night.
Ellett (10st 13lbs) was floored alarmingly in the second by a right hand, and seemed to box the next two minutes of the session in a haze. He did well to gather himself and his boxing together from the next session onwards. His punches were scoring but in no way detrimental to the ambition of the Bargoed trier Cooper.
Cooper (11st) was the harder puncher of the pair and forced Ellett to maintain his distance and stay focused. Referee Marcus McDonnell scored the bout 97-95 at the close, to the delight of Brighton's Glitterati in attendence.
Journeyman Jodie Meikle from Scunthorpe needed all his diversionary skills and tricks in order to safely see out a four rounder against Brighton's educated Lee Jenman. Jodie (12st 6lbs) made Jenman (12st 9lbs) second-guess his success by leaning his elbow on the ropes in a hilarious casual micky-take after absorbing steady right hand leather. Jenman marches on to four consecutive wins with no stoppages. He has great footwork and may be one to watch in the future. The third man tallied a shut out verdict. Meikle drops to 7-46-2 (2).
Brighton prospect Marcus Eaton (10st 6lbs) moved to four unbeaten as he halted Budapest's Alexander Farkas at 0:56 of the second of a slated four rounder. Farkas who is a baby-faced twenty-year-old with a layer of puppy fat over his midriff, was trapped in the neutral corner and tagged by a right hand. He was counted out on the seat of his pants while clearly trying to rise. Farkas (10st 5lbs) returns to Hungary with a 2-4-1 tab.
Gritty Pole Silwester Walczak (10st 9lbs) provided Aldershot's Adam Battle with a useful work-out but ultimately came up short in a 58-56 verdict over six three-minute sessions. Battle (10st 10lbs) was ambitious but not over-eager as he steadily forced the contest, and moves to 8-1. Walczak's ledger now reads 4-10.
Brighton newcomer Ben Butler outpointed Sofia's Borislav Zankov 39-37 over four threes at middle. Butler (11st 8lbs) boxed with considerable swagger and self-confidence. He fought with a loose defence and swapped hard punches with the Eastern European in thrilling but dangerous fashion. Butler's stance went a little in the last but had enough early points invested to launch his career as a BBBofC licence holder with a win. Zankov (11st 10lbs) slips to 4-7.
Boxing in his hometown, Nicky Jenman (11st 8lbs) scored a 40-37 points win over Birmingham veteran Max Maxwell in a super-middle four-rounder. Maxwell looked like he was boxing at a canter but fortunately didn't maintain a high enough work rate to question the outcome on the cards. Jenman's defence kept him out of trouble when Max tried to stake a meaningful claim to the contest. Maxwell (11st 9lbs) drops 16-38-3 (3). Jenman evens his ledger to 7-7.
South-east London's Shaunn Watt got the first win of his paid career as he out scored Worthing's James Child by 40-37 in a contest of four three-minute rounds. Watt (11st 11lbs), now 1-5-1, exploited his range well and utilised a quick straight right that was a real banker against his southpaw foe. Child (1st 10lbs) is now 1-9.