September 25th, 2016

Archer marks return to the rind with a win

Updated: 4:57 pm, May 07, 2015

ASHLEY Archer made a successful return to the ring after a year out of action by beating Bell Green ABC’s Kaz Mahmood in Birmingham last month.

The Solihull ABC fighter took centre stage once again at the Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham to avenge his defeat to Mahmood.

Archer, under the stewardship of father Paul, was straight onto the front foot from the off, claiming ring centre and popping out his jab while southpaw Mahmood circled the ring on the backfoot and could only counter when he could.

He walked away with a split decision although his corner felt he had done enough to get the nod.

Also in action was Solihull’s Tom Larkin who was unable to pin down the awkward and fast style of the Jewellery Quarter ABC’s Asad Junaid and Larkin found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision.

Larkin was returning from a lay off himself and showed plenty of glimpses of potential but the rust was evident against a boxer with Junaid’s style.

Solihull’s national champion, Louis Phillips was a unanimous decision victor over Small Holdings ABC’s Tolan-Powell.

There was no feeling out period as both got straight down to action and Phillips’ class already told to take the win.

The fight of the night saw Warley’s Cori Clark gain a unanimous decision over Solihull’s Mitchell Redmond, however, the fight itself looked in doubt at one stage when Clarks’ head guard repeatedly came loose in the first round and on three different occasions the referee led him back to his corner to have it tightened.

In the end a replacement was found and the pair of them tore into each other, neither willing to take a backward step and instead for hurling bombs at each other in a test of each others mettle and seeing who would be the first to wilt.

There was a strange count given against Redmond in the second when he appeared to slip to the canvas yet he made the most of having the third and last round to try and claw back the deficit and he savagely attacked Clarks’s body but in the end it was not enough.

After a background in kickboxing, Kyran Bevan tried his hand at boxing for Solihull and despite coming off a unanimous decision loser on this night, there is plenty of room for optimism in his future.

He took on Mo Baker from the Pat Benson Boxing Academy and was instantly pressed onto the backfoot by his opponents’ aggression.

Bevan gallantly tried to box his way into the fight but was far too easy to nail clean with the right hand. He entered the second with more conviction yet just gained a bloody nose for his troubles as he was once again pushed back by the pressure mounted upon him.

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